Careers and Employability Centre

First-Generation Scholars

Our award-winning initiative to support you in making the most of your time at Sussex. Click each box below to find out more about the programmes. All details are accurate for the 2018/19 academic year.

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See our frequently asked questions
How do I know if I am a First-Generation Scholar?

We have a database with records of all those we know to be First-Generation Scholars. If you are on this list you will receive a number of targeted emails from us during the year.

If you are not receiving these emails, but believe you are a First-Generation Scholar, please contact

Can I take part in more than one opportunity in a single year?

You can only choose one opportunity for the summer of your second year. You can apply for more than one, but can only accept one offer. Please note that you can only apply for one China Internship Programme (4 or 8 weeks) and not both.

If you become a Maths or English tutor in your first year as part of the scheme then you will not be able to apply for any opportunities in your second year of study.

How do I know what programme is right for me?

You can book an appointment with a Careers Consultant or submit a question online to discuss your options and what might be most suitable for you. You should also look out for any First-Generation Scholar information events which we run periodically on campus.

I'm a First-Generation Scholar in my ... year of study. What can I apply for?

View our flowchart of opportunities to help you decide which programme is right for you or click on the links below.

Foundation year

1st year

Please note that students who successfully apply to become an English or Maths tutor may not apply for any opportunities in their second year of study. They may, however, apply for the above-listed opportunities to take part in their foundation and first years of study.

2nd year

Please note: you can apply for as many of these opportunities as you like but you may only accept one programme offer. If you have participated in an Asia Summer School or the International Summer School in your first year then you may not apply for the same opportunity again in your second year.

3rd/4th year and Postgraduate

Those students on a 4-year undergraduate degree course and in their third year of study may be able to take part in one of our programmes if they have not received funding for an opportunity before. Anyone who has already participated in one of the funded second-year opportunities will not be eligible to receive any further funding.

Final year and Masters students are not eligible to receive funding for a First-Generation Scholar programme.

Please contact us on the details at the bottom of the page if you have any questions about your eligibility.

Are the programmes the same every year?

All programmes are subject to change each year. The details listed on the website are accurate for the current academic year.

I’m not a First-Generation Scholar, can I take part?

We are obliged by the rules under which the First-Generation Scholars Scheme was founded to restrict these opportunities to that group. Please contact us (see details below) at the Careers and Employability Centre if you are not a First-Generation Scholar but you are interested in similar opportunities.

Useful contacts

For general queries:

Mike Durrant
Work Experience Officer (First-Generation Scholars)
+44(0)1273 678429

For advocacy and student voice:

Feven Damtew
First-Generation Scholars Representative, Students' Union