New Graduate Work Placements for Students Looking to Work in Space!

The UK Space Agency is offering grants of up to £3,000 for organisations to take on graduate or postgraduate students for work placements in the space industry.


There is a total of £30,000 funding available, with a maximum of £3,000 for each award.

The aim of the scheme is to fulfill the skills and careers objectives of the UK Space Agency education programme, as set out in its Education, Skills and Outreach Strategy. This in turn supports the aims of the UK Space Agency by providing a context for students to experience the breadth of opportunities that the sector can offer, developing skills crucial to the success of the sector, supporting the growth of businesses within the sector and raising awareness of the UK’s space programme and STEM subjects in general.

What Will Placements Look Like?

Projects may be targeted at a student or graduate of a specific discipline and will last a minimum of 8 weeks, enhancing the skill set of the successful applicant whilst providing them with a business context in which to apply their skills.   All the projects will have an Earth Observation focus.

The placement will vary from organisation to organisation and may involve:

  • a piece of research or a small project that would otherwise not be done
  • working as part of a team on a product or client-focused project, or something more independent

Businesses, universities and other organisations interested in offering a placement have until 30th January 2018 to submit their proposals.

Approved placements will be advertised to students on the SPIN website for no more than 2 weeks, with successful applicants being notified no later than 21 February 2018 and placements starting no later than 7th March 2018.

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