It is your responsibility to ensure your bank details are up to date on RISIS as otherwise we will be unable to pay you any of the bursaries you may be eligible for.
RIS Expense Bursary
If you meet a select criteria, you may be eligible for the RIS Expense Bursary. This is a £100 grant RIS administers on the first day of your internship, so you should receive it within your first week. This grant is an addition to the salary you will be getting from your employer.
You don’t have to apply to the RIS Expense Bursary; if you are eligible, you will get it automatically.
In order to be eligible for the RIS Expense Bursary, you must be a UK undergraduate student and meet one of the following criteria:
- You have declared a disability
- Come from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background
- Your home postcode to be in an area ranked quintile 1 or 2 in the government's Index of Multiple Deprivation. The Index of Multiple Deprivation is the official measure of relative deprivation for small areas (or neighbourhoods) in England. The Index of Multiple Deprivation ranks every small area in England from 1 (most deprived area) to 32,844 (least deprived area)” The government ranks postcodes by deciles, with 1 being the most deprived and 10 being the least deprived. This has been converted to quintiles for use in Higher Education where 1 is the most deprived and 5 the least. IMD will differ depending on country of residence, covering students in England, Wales and Scotland. You can search if your postcode meets this criterion via the Postcode Lookup on the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government website.
- Your home postcode to be ranked in an area quintile 1 or 2 in the Participation of Local Areas (POLAR). The participation of local areas (POLAR) classification groups areas across the UK based on the proportion of young people who participate in higher education. It looks at how likely young people are to participate in higher education across the UK and shows how this varies by area. POLAR classifies local areas into five groups - or quintiles - based on the proportion of young people who enter higher education aged 18 or 19 years old. Quintile one shows the lowest rate of participation. Quintile five shows the highest rate of participation. To check if your postcode meets this criterion, you can use the 'search by postcode' function on the Office for Students website.
RIS Living Cost Bursary
The living cost bursary is in place to support students with doing what they love. Lots of students undertake unpaid internships to gain work experience and this bursary is here to support you with this. The bursary supports you with living costs, so is not a salary.
For a 6-week unpaid internship you would receive a £1,000 bursary, for 4 or 5 weeks we would work this out at £166.66 per week. If you would like to apply for the bursary, please read the criteria below and then complete the application on My Jobs Online.