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The Student Opportunity Fund is an exciting initiative which contributes financial support that helps you to take part in activities which enhance your employability, build your confidence and develop your transferable skills.

About the Student Opportunity Fund

If you are an undergraduate, postgraduate taught, PGCE or MRes student at Edge Hill University, you can apply for up to £2,000 to support a career-enhancing project, initiative or opportunity that will enrich your student experience and enable you to stand out in a competitive environment.

Hear all about the Student Opportunity Fund from our students in our video series. There are two parts to the series, so click the next video once the first has finished playing, to hear more about next steps and how to apply.

Further information

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What can’t be supported by the fund?

Case studies


To be eligible to apply for support from the Student Opportunity Fund, you will need to be:

  • Registered on a course leading to the award of an undergraduate degree, integrated Masters degree, DipHE, foundation degree, PGCE or Postgraduate Teacher Training course, taught Masters degree, postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or MRes award. This excludes Erasmus+ students who are not eligible.
  • Studying full-time or part-time. Part-time students are required to be studying a minimum of 60 credits in the year of application.

If you are studying on an Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) funded programme, such as an apprenticeship, you will not be eligible for the Student Opportunity Fund.

Permanent employees of Edge Hill University and seconded students are also not eligible to apply.

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How to apply

The Student Opportunity Fund is open for applications. You are advised to apply as early in the academic year as possible.

It is strongly advised that you get in touch with the Careers team before applying to the Student Opportunity Fund. You can use the ask a question service or book an appointment via the Careers website. The team can help you find suitable opportunities and provide support in submitting a strong application.

Ready to apply?

To apply for support from the Student Opportunity Fund, you should download and complete the application form. Along with this completed application form, you will need to submit:

  • a written reference from your Personal Tutor or course leader who must confirm that the activity is not a compulsory element of a course or module
  • evidence of securing the placement or opportunity
  • a document describing what your roles and responsibilities will be while undertaking your activity or opportunity. This should be similar to a job description (if applicable for your opportunity).

You will also need to submit a breakdown of the budget and costs for your opportunity. Find further information below.

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Budget breakdown

Submit your application

You should treat applying for the Student Opportunity Fund as you would a job application and answer all questions on the application form fully, providing thorough information of your activity/opportunity and a detailed risk assessment.

When you have completed your application, you should submit the form and supporting evidence by e-mail to Alternatively, you can submit by post or in person to the Catalyst building.

Apply for the Student Opportunity Fund

Reviewing applications

Applications are considered by a panel who meet on a weekly basis during term time. The outcome of your application will be communicated via email. The panel’s decision is final and no additional money will be awarded (including for exchange rate fluctuations) once a decision has been made. Full or partial costs may be awarded and, in some cases, means-tested criteria may be applied.

Payment of funds

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If your application is successful, payment will be made directly to your bank account via BACS. This can take up to five working days from our Finance department receiving the relevant paperwork.

You will be required to sign to accept the Fund’s terms and conditions prior to payment being made. The allocated funds must only be used for the purpose specified within your application. It is your responsibility to make the relevant arrangements for the activity to take place once your funding has been confirmed.

Any money you are allocated does not have to be repaid. The only exception is where the project, activity or opportunity does not take place. In these circumstances, the Scholarships team must be notified without delay and you will be required to repay any previously awarded funds to the University.

Sharing your story

Upon successful completion of your project, activity or opportunity, you will be required to complete an online survey and make an appointment with a Careers Adviser to discuss how the opportunity has enhanced your employability.

We will also ask you to share your story, for example through a poster presentation, blog, written report, student profile or news article, telling us what you did with the funding. Edge Hill University reserves the right to use this information in future publicity material.

We will also ask you to become a Fund Ambassador, working with the Scholarships team to promote the fund, sharing your story and enthusiasm with your peers.

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Contact us

If you have any queries about the Student Opportunity Fund, you can get in touch with our Scholarships and Careers teams who will be happy to assist you.