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- January 17th, 2019 Posted in Uncategorised

17 January 2019 – The UK Space Agency, supported by their delivery partner the Satellite Applications Catapult, is making up to £30,000 available under its Space Placements in INdustry (SPIN) award scheme for projects that can be carried out by an undergraduate or postgraduate student in a relevant discipline.

This is a competitive process which offers small grants up to a maximum of £3,000 for each award. The scheme is run to support the provision of paid work placements for students within small and medium enterprises (SMEs), universities, charities, not-for-profits or government agencies within the space sector and to fulfill the skills and careers aims and 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 projects are suitable?

Your project may be targeted at a student of a specific discipline, or simply describe the skills you are looking for. You may use it to highlight critical future skills that your business will require. It should outline a piece of work or role which will take a minimum of 8 weeks and be designed to enhance the skillset of the successful applicant whilst providing them with a business context in which to apply their skills.

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

Placements may be extended beyond 8 weeks, by mutual agreement between the host organisation and the successful applicant.

We anticipate the following schedule:

  • opening of award scheme – 7 January 2019
  • received applications will be reviewed every 2 weeks by the panel, and successful applicants notified immediately
    • The final deadline for placement proposals, should funds not be exhausted before this, will be 5pm on 17 May 2019
  • projects will be advertised to students on the SPIN website for 4 weeks
  • student applications will be sent to hosts immediately after the closing date for shortlisting and selection
  • we ask that all hosts review student applications immediately, make selections within 10 working days of closing date, and inform unsuccessful applicants within 15 working days.
  • successful candidate and host are invited to attend SPIN Induction Day at the Satellite Applications Catapult on Monday, 17 June 2019.
  • SPIN Showcase Event 2019 to be held during the UK Space Conference (24-26 September 2019)

You will receive a notification of your application being accepted within 48 hours of sending. If you do not receive this, we have probably not received your application.

Click on the following link for an application form, and for further information please email