Supporting Diversity in the Future Fusion Workforce

Fusion Industry School Support for Summer Internships

The Fusion Industry School is providing funding to support students  from underrepresented backgrounds to access work experience via  UKAEA’s Fusion Industry Summer Placements.  These packages of £2,000 each will be in addition to the subsistence payment which UKAEA’s Fusion Industry Programme already provides to each selected applicant. (2024 – £3,250)


To support students from under-represented backgrounds to access summer placements in the fusion energy sector and gain industry experience.  Our long-term aim is to enable a wider range of students to gain industry experience and so provide a pathway towards a more diverse fusion industry workforce for the future.

Support Packages

For summer placements in 2024, there will be seven support packages of £2,000 available. Funding could be used, for example, to assist with relocation and accommodation costs for
those not based near companies offering fusion placements, or to cover other additional support needs.

Applications will be assessed by a panel from the Fusion Centre for Doctoral Training and UKAEA. Priority will be given to students who identify with one or more of the criteria
listed below, and who would struggle to accept a placement without additional financial support. You are encouraged to provide an outline budget in your application and to be clear why you are requesting additional support above the stipend already provided by UKAEA.

The funding would be paid directly to successful applicants once they have a confirmed summer placement. If you are offered the funding but aren’t offered a summer placement, you would not receive the funding and would need to reapply for both next year.

£2,000 is the maximum amount available for each student, and any additional expenses/costs incurred over this would need to be covered by other means.

Who is eligible?

You should be a current student at a UK university who is applying for (or has already applied for) one of the summer placements in UKAEA’s Fusion Industry Summer Placements programme.

Priority will be given to students who meet one or more criteria below and would struggle to accept a placement without additional financial support. You should have a clear plan of how the funding will enable you to access the internship.

  • care leavers and care experienced students
  • estranged students
  • students who have unpaid caring responsibilities for a parent, family member, partner or friend
  • students with children
  • students seeking asylum in the UK
  • students with refugee status in the UK
  • home students who were eligible for free school meals in high school and/or sixth form/college (does not include universal infant free school meals) students whose student finance maintenance loan allowance indicates household income less than £35,000
  • students from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds (including students from Gypsy, Roma or Traveller backgrounds).
  • students with disabilities and long term health conditions – including students with a diagnosed neurodiverse condition, such as Autistic Spectrum Condition, ADHD, ADD, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Dyspraxia
  • students from military families
  • students who are the first generation in their family to attend university.

How do I apply?

The scheme is being managed by UKAEA allongside their Fusion Industry Summer Placements.  Please go to UKAEA’s Fusion Industry Summer Placements  and looks for “Student Application for Summer Placement 2024″ under “How to Apply”.