Civica Scholarship Programme

The Civica Scholarship Programme, supported by Queen's University Belfast and Ulster University, aims to attract and support fresh talent into the IT sector. The scheme will give several successful students a scholarship package worth up to £25,000.

The Civica Scholarship Programme supplements students’ academic learning in University with real-life business experience, through working with ICT Professionals who are happy to share their knowledge and experience with scholarship students. In addition to a paid bursary, students benefit from industrial experience within Civica’s Belfast Office from the end of their first year onwards with paid summer and year out placements being a guaranteed part of the programme.

Who can apply?

The Civica Scholarship Programme is open annually to first-year undergraduates in Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University. Eligible students will be studying selected degree courses related to Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering or a Software Engineering discipline. Candidates must:

  • Meet the entrance requirements for a supported degree course (see specific university info linked below)
  • Be enrolled on the course and still in active participation at the end of the first semester
  • Demonstrate satisfactory exam results aligning with a degree classification of 2:1 or above
What’s in it for me?
£1000 bursary each academic year At least eight weeks paid summer work Paid industrial placement in year 3 Opportunity for paid part-time work Potential for permanent position
£1000 bursary each academic year At least eight weeks paid summer work Paid industrial placement in year 3 Opportunity for paid part-time work Potential for permanent position*

Scholars will become much more rounded individuals during their time with Civica as they have the opportunity to enhance the skills and theory they have learnt at University. They will get to work with experienced individuals who will mentor them in software engineering best practices, and will gain real world experience of working in teams and increase their confidence and communications skills. Scholars also gain a better understanding of what a career in IT is all about. Work based learning is invaluable for students, as they gain first hand industrial experience during their time with Civica.

What’s the programme really like?

When a placement student starts they go through Civica’s standard induction process in order to gain an understanding of our Company Strategy, how we work operationally, and details of the work area they are being assigned to. A placement student is treated in the same way as a new graduate – they are assigned a supervisor within their project team, and their learning and development needs are assessed based on what skills they have gained at University. In addition, Placements are assigned a mentor who will work closely with them on real projects. This means that, during each placement, Scholars further enhance their skill set and become valuable, contributing members of the team.

“The Civica scholarship gave me valuable experience at a very early point in my professional career. This helped me see how the knowledge I gained through my studies is applied in the industry, helping to focus and motivate my learning.”

Matthew Shaw, Civica Scholarship Student 

Matthew Shaw, Civica Scholarship Student 

Where do I sign up?

Click through to your university page to find out more, including supported degree courses and the application process. Applications will be available to 1st year students during the first few weeks of the academic year. Please note: The Civica Scholarship Programme is now closed for 2016. 

Queen's University Belfast Ulster University      
Queen's University Belfast Ulster

*Offer of a permanent position with Civica following graduation is subject to business requirements and a separate selection process in accordance with Fair Employment legislation.

Civica is an equal opportunities employer.