Travel Bursary Programme

“[The FISITA Travel Bursary] can be the difference between a year spent counting the days until you return home and the best year of your life” 

– Nicholas Mitchell - Automotive Engineering (MEng) at Loughborough University, UK


In today's global automotive industry, experience of working as an engineer in another country is extremely valuable. When it comes to applying the scientific knowledge learned in the lecture theatre, there is no substitute for experience: real vehicles, real people and real problems to solve.

FISITA offers student engineers the opportunity to apply for a travel bursary, of up to €2000, to help with the costs of taking part in organised work placements (internships, exchange programmes, work placements etc.) in automotive companies and research institutions overseas.


How to apply

Applications to the Travel Bursary Programme will be considered twice a year, with deadlines as follows:

  • 31 October: for those attending placements November - March
  • 31 March: for those attending placements April - October

If your placement dates do not exactly match the options above don't worry! We can be flexible, email to check which deadline would be best for you.

To be eligible to apply for FISITA Travel Bursary, you must:

  • be studying engineering at undergraduate or postgraduate level at a recognised college or university
  • have arranged an industry or research placement in an automotive company or organisation overseas*
  • be a member of a FISITA member society 

What do the judges look out for?

The judges assess each individual application on the following criteria: Planning, Technical Content and Benefit, Educational Value, Alignment with FISITA's aims, Satisfactory Additional Support, Overall Value for Money. 

If multiple applications are received from the same country it may be the case that the highest ranked student from that country is selected for the award - please note that this is only in special circumstances and we encourage as many applications from students of all countries / territories!

Most important of all - give as much detail as possible, particularly in the budget planning section.



Detailed information and application forms can be downloaded below.

All applications should be completed digitally. Handwritten applications will not be accepted.

Please send your completed application forms or any general enquiries to:

Hayley Millar | Education Officer

Tel: +44 (0) 1279 883 477


The bursary at work

We have enabled Korean students to work for General Motors in Michigan, USA, we have helped Australian students fund placements at Robert Bosch GmbH in Germany; supported Polish students studing at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia; helped students from India to carry out research at Automotive Institute of HAN University, The Netherlands and contributed funding for UK students to study at Manipal institute of Technology in India, to name just a few examples.

Take a look at our flickr page to see student Travel Bursary recipients in action!


Need help finding an Internship? 

If you are looking for a suitable internship, why not take a look at the leading companies that make up the FISITA Honorary Committee

Always check with your university to see what sort of travel awards they may have available.

Other international placement, exchange and funding organisations:  

AIESEC (Association Internationale des Étudiants en Sciences Économiques et Commerciales) is the world's largest youth-led organisation, active in over 1700 universities in 107 countries. Their core activities are focused on facilitating a global exchange scheme that provides challenging, cultural work internships for students and recent graduates. 

IAESTE (The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience) is a student exchange programme with over 80 member countries worldwide. For further information please contact IAESTE in your own country. If there is no IAESTE office in your country please contact the General Secretary. 

Gradcracker is the place to head if you are looking to secure your placement, with hundreds of opportunities listed across all kinds of companies.

Another good idea would be to head over to our friends at Enginterns, who specialise in listing available engineering internships in the U.K.

International Scholarships is a resource listing financial aid information for students wishing to study in a foreign country. At this site you will find listing of grants, scholarships, loan programs and other information to assist students in their quest to study abroad.

Study Abroad Scholarships from Studylands another great website aimed at sharing as many sources as funding as possible to help with students looking to study abroad. Listing grants, scholarships, and plenty of advice to get you started.   

* Placements must last a minimum of four weeks


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