Grad scheme: Educational Fundraising

Are you seeking a stimulating and varied career where you can make a difference to the world?

Working within a world class university this training programme will launch your career in educational fundraising. Philanthropy helps researchers find cures for major diseases; scientists develop solutions to poverty, inequality and environmental issues; and provides access to a university education to transform lives. As a fundraiser you will be working with academics, university staff and donors to achieve these things, and more.

  • Are you a recent graduate or about to graduate?
  • Do you have a demonstrable interest in fundraising, campaigning or event management?
  • Do you enjoy working with people and have strong written and verbal communication skills?
  • Are you passionate about education?

CASE Europe is looking for up to 17 highly motivated graduates to participate in this successful national scheme to develop the educational fundraisers of the future. Candidates will be fully immersed in the world of fundraising, project management and donor support within one of our partner universities. This year’s participating Universities are University of Aberdeen, University of Bristol, University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, Imperial College London, King’s College London, University of Nottingham, University of Oxford, University of Reading, University of Sheffield, SOAS University of London, University of Surrey, University College London, Trinity College Dublin.

Working on site at one of our university partner campuses, you will have support from both the university and CASE Europe who are managing the scheme and provide formal training throughout the scheme. Details of benefits will be provided upon successful application.

Person requirements

You will be about to graduate or a recent graduate (with a minimum 2:1) who is confident, creative, has highly effective communication and listening abilities and possess excellent organisational skills. You can demonstrate a keen interest in developing a professional career in fundraising. You are able to adapt to a variety of situations, have the perseverance to pursue goals and solid team working skills. You must also be flexible to respond to the needs of a dynamic work environment and have excellent IT skills in Word, PowerPoint and Excel in order to effectively progress through this scheme. Previous experience of fundraising activities is desirable but not essential.

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This is a hands-on training programme which will give you the opportunity to experience the full range of functions involved in higher education fundraising. You will learn the skills and knowledge to cultivate and manage philanthropic relationships as well as implement strategies to secure support. You will also work with external organisations, potential donors and develop an understanding of your host university’s strategic goals and priorities. Candidates must be willing to work in all locations and be available to attend a week long training programme at the CASE Annual Conference in Manchester from 31st August – 4th September prior to their 50 week placement. There will also be a four week secondment to another university within commutable distance from your host university. This is a fixed term contract.

Qualification and experience requirements

Degree level with a minimum 2:1

For more information about the scheme and to apply, head here:


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