Students – do you need funding for a placement in the automotive industry?

“I would like to whole-heartedly thank FISITA for awarding me their generous scholarship via the Travel Bursary"

FISITA offers up to EUR 2000 to students taking part in international placements. FISITA is one of the world's leading advocates for the education of future automotive engineers. 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 EUR 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.

Victoria Ryan is a recent Travel Bursary recipient, see what she has to say here:

In order to be eligible to apply for the FISITA Travel Bursary you need to be a Friend for Life — click here to sign up for FREE and then you can apply for a Bursary.

FISITA can assist you whether you are studying at undergraduate or postgraduate level in any country:

  • In 2015, 40 bursaries were awarded to students from countries including France, Czech Republic, Australia, South Korea and Austria
  • The Travel Bursary budget for 2016 has increased meaning FISITA can support more students than ever before with their placements – apply now!

In total, FISITA has provided:

  • Over EUR 200,000 to students at placements around the world
  • To students from 35 countries
  • Helped future engineers work at a range of companies, from SEAT to Volvo, from Bosch to Tesla, and even on an F1 team.

“Thanks to the FISITA Scholarship, I was able to have one of the most useful and engaging experiences of my college career”

These types of work experience can be life changing and can lead to permanent jobs after graduation. They also allow students to make new friendships, develop professional contacts and gain invaluable experience in an ever-evolving and exciting industry.

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

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 
  • Be registered as a FISITA Friend for Life

What do the judges look out for?

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


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.

“I would like to whole-heartedly thank FISITA Travel Bursary for awarding me their generous scholarship. Living alone in a foreign country is a scary and difficult thing to do, and with the help of FISITA I was able to comfortably enjoy my time living in Barcelona and interning at SEAT.”

Raul Chacon
Placement at SEAT, Spain

“Thanks to the FISITA Scholarship, I was able to have one of the most useful and engaging experiences of my college career.”

Kevin Matthews
Placement at IAV, Germany

“This internship has been a great experience. I have acquired a solid technical background in the Noise and Vibration domain, and perfected my language skills... I also really appreciated working with a different work culture, and to experience another way of life. It opened my eyes on a land full of work opportunities.”

Chloe Lerin
Placement at John Deere Product Engineering Centre, USA

“Due to my placement I have obtained priceless experience in mechanical engineering while being embedded in a team of sophisticated engineers, young engineers, and other international students. For that reason I was able to get into touch with automotive engineering students from the Netherlands, India, China, Spain, Sweden, and Germany.”

Marc Lueke
Placement at Volvo Car Corporation, Sweden