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Bursaries

Finding funds to volunteer abroad doesn’t necessarily have to be incredibly challenging. There are many options available, such as checking to see if we have any scholarships available or raising funds by creating our own fundraising page. Simply apply to set up our own GVI fundraising page and start raising money to volunteer.

Alternatively, if you’re a citizen of the United Kingdom, you might qualify for a bursary to help fund your program. You can learn more by visiting or contacting one of the college’s or university’s mentioned below.

My name is Victoria, I am 24 and currently studying Wildlife Conservation at Nottingham Trent University. I have been volunteering with GVI for the past 6 years and have done a total of 5 projects and I am soon to embark on my 6th. This September I am heading to the Seychelles to work on the island of curieuse to undertake marine and terrestrial data; an invaluable experience that goes hand in hand with my degree and also increases employability post graduation.

I am passionate about the protection of wildlife and the environment and through the participation of GVI projects, I feel as though I am genuinely making a difference, all whilst having the chance to travel and experience new cultures.

Since becoming a student at NTU, I have been able to apply for travel bursaries through the universities employability team to help fund the costs of projects. My university offers up to £500 for international volunteering and this most often covers the price of flights to the country of origin. The application process is really easy and all you have to do is fill out briefly what you plan on doing and how this experience is going to help with your career prospects. After the completion of the work experience, you are required to then complete a more in depth report / testimonial about your time away… and this is then used to encourage other students to volunteer abroad!

Although I myself am not doing a placement year, NTU also offers funding for students who are undertaking a placement year (Sandwich course). Again, grants can be provided to assist with the financial costs of a placement year; on the requirements of filling out an application and post travel report - easy peasy!

Victoria Ireland

Bursary recipient

University Specific Bursaries

Birmingham University - Gateway Bursary scheme

Who qualifies:

  • In receipt of a standard or alternative A2B (Access to Birmingham) offer
  • Registered as disabled / in receipt of Disability Student Allowance
  • A care leaver or care experienced
  • First generation of the family into higher education
  • From a lower income background i.e. in receipt of a grant or scholarship
  • A lone parent (you are a single parent of one or more children)
  • From an ethnic minority

How to apply:

Via the university of Birmingham website https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/as/employability/careers/internships-and-work-experience/funding/bursary-schemes/gateway-bursary-scheme.aspx Email [email protected]

Funds avaliable:

Up to £2,000

Additional notes:

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Birmingham University - Work experience bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Open to all undergraduate students

How to apply:

https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/as/employability/careers/internships-and-work-experience/funding/bursary-schemes/work-experience-bursaries.aspx 

Anglia Ruskin University - Low Income bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Up to £300 p.a. if income ≤£42,875 (ARU Bursary)
Bath University - Low Income bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Households with under £25,000 annual

How to apply:

Via the university

Funds avaliable:

£3,000-£5,000 on top of Student finance

Additional notes:

These bursaries are not specific to internships but can be utilised by students to cover internships.

Bath Spa - Widening participation bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Households with under £25,000 annual

How to apply:

Via the university

Funds avaliable:

Up to £3.500

Birckbeck - Degrees in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Who qualifies:

  • Earth Sciences degrees

How to apply:

You can apply here.

Bournemouth University - Placement opportunity fund

Who qualifies:

  • Registered as disabled / in receipt of Disability Student Allowance
  • A care leaver or care experienced
  • First generation of the family into higher education
  • From a lower income background i.e. in receipt of a grant or scholarship
  • A lone parent (you are a single parent of one or more children)
  • From an ethnic minority

How to apply:

You can apply here.

Nottingham Trent University - Rise

Who qualifies:

  • Fully-enrolled NTU undergraduate and postgraduate students travelling within the dates above (2020). Students can only receive ONE Travel Bursary / Scholarship from NTU Global per academic year.

How to apply:

You can apply here.

Funds avaliable:

£200 travel within Europe, £500 travel outside Europe

Additional notes:

Click on the ‘Apply now’ button below. You will need to submit information about your overseas experience and outline how the award and your overseas experience will benefit you academically, personally and professionally. Only available to NTU students who have a student log on.

Sheffield University - International Volunteering Scholarship

Who qualifies:

  • The 10 scholarships are available to all undergraduate students who are not currently in their final year and are in receipt of a University bursary.

How to apply:

You can apply here. 

Funds avaliable:

10 scholarships of £1,000

University of Warwick - Sir Peter Holmes Memorial Award

Who qualifies:

  • Projects involving travel to Asia with projects relating to disciplines of Geography and Environmental Conservation.

How to apply:

You can apply here.

Funds avaliable:

£1,000

University College London (UCL) - Expedition and Travel grants

Who qualifies:

  • Must be UCL student, program has to show team work and challenging independent travel.

How to apply:

You can apply here.

St Johns University of Cambridge - Travel grants

Who qualifies:

  • St Johns students - there are many different grants here.

How to apply:

You can apply here.

Cambridge University - Travel grants

Who qualifies:

  • Dependent upon which college you attend.

How to apply:

Find out more here.

University of Southampton - £1000 AMECA bursary grant

Who qualifies:

  • Health related diciplines

How to apply:

Via the university.

Funds avaliable:

£1,000

Canterbury Christ Church - Partner school bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Students from partner schools.

How to apply:

Find out more here.

Funds avaliable:

£500 p.a

University of East London - Engagement for progression

Who qualifies:

  • Income based

How to apply:

Via the university.

Edge Hill - Employability project bursaries

Who qualifies:

  • Open to all undergraduate students.

How to apply:

Via the university.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £2,000

UCLAN/Central Lancashire - Travel bursaries

How to apply:

Via the university.

Chester University - Low Income bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Parents on under £25,000

How to apply:

Student finance is linked to this bursary.

Funds avaliable:

£1,000

City of London University - Widening participation

Who qualifies:

  • Measured by area students are from.

How to apply:

Via the university.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £3,000

Coventry University - Low income and widening participation

Who qualifies:

  • Measured by income and area in which student is from.

How to apply:

Via the university.

Derby - Low Income bursary and bursaries for students in the Derbyshire area

Who qualifies:

  • Measured on income and area based.

How to apply:

Via the university.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £1,000

Durham - Low income and widening participation

Who qualifies:

  •  People in the Durham, Newctasle and North East reigion and S travel awards, various countries
  • Placement Employability Fund if income <£25k

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £2,000

East Anglia - Low income and widening participation

Who qualifies:

  •  People in North East England.

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £2,000

East London - Engagement and progression Bursaries

Who qualifies:

  • Low income based (-£25,000)

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Essex University - Low income and partner schools bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Low Income (under £25,000) and area based.

How to apply:

Via the instituiton.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £2,500 for low income and up to £1,000 for those from partner schools such as Colchester sixth form.

Exeter University - Low income and widening participation

Who qualifies:

  • Under £25k household income or students who lived in the Devon area before going to the university

How to apply:

Via instituiton or Student Finance.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £3.650

Falmouth University - Cornwall resident bursaries

Who qualifies:

  • Cornwall residents

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £1,500

Gloucestershire - Academic travel bursary

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £1,000

Greenwich - Low income bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Households on under £25,000

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

£700 on top of maintenance per semester

Hertfordshire - Widening participation

Who qualifies:

  • Households uner £21,000 and in the Hertfordshire area

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £1,000

Hull - Low income bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Under £25,000 household

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £1,000

Imperial College London - Low income bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Under £25,000 and under £60,000

How to apply:

Via the institution

Funds avaliable:

Up to £5.000 a year

Keele - Low income bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Under £25,000 household

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £1,000

Kent - Low income bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Under £42,000. Students on the medway campus only

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £2,5000

Kings College London - Low income bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Under £42,000 household

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £2,000

Kingston - Low income bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Under £25,000 household

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £2,000

Lancaster - Low income and Scholarship for academic achievements

Who qualifies:

  • Under £30.000 and for high achivers (2:1 average and above)

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £1,000

Leeds - Low income and widening perspectives

Who qualifies:

  • Under £42,900 households

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £3,000

Leeds Beckett - Placement support bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Under £25.000 households

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Leeds Trinity - Low income bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Under £25,000 households

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £1,000 in second year

Liverpool - Low income and widening participation

Who qualifies:

  • Under £25,000 Merseyside resident students in financial hardship (Hillsborough Trust Fund)

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £2,000

Liverpool John Moores - Low income bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Under £25,000 hiusehold known as Progression bursary

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £500

London Southbank University - Low income and Lawrence Burrows Educational Trust

Who qualifies:

  • Residents with max maintenance loan
  • UK/ EU residents of West Indian or Asian background

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £1,000

Manchester - Low income and work placement

Who qualifies:

  • Households on under £35,000 or Manchester Access programme

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £2,000

Northampton - Low income bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Under £25,000

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £500 per academic year

Nottingham - Low income bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Households of under £35,000

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Oxford University - Low income bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Household under £47,900

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £3,000

Oxford Brookes - Low income bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Under £35,000

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £2,000

Plymouth University - Low income bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Under £35,000

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £1,000

Portsmouth University - Low income bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Under £25,000

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £750

Additional notes:

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Queen Mary - Low income bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Under £35,000

How to apply:

Via the institution or student finance with initial application.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £1,700

Reading - Low income and placement bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Under £27,000 and a placement either abroad or in the UK.

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £1,100 for low-income and between £200-£1,000 for placement

Royal Agricultural University - Widening participation

Who qualifies:

  • Under £42,700 household

How to apply:

Via the instiution.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £1,500

Royal Holloway - Low income and mature student bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Under £30,000 and students over 21

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £1,500

Royal Veterinary College - Low income bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Under £25,000

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

£1,000

SOAS - Low income and Scholarships for those travelling to India

Who qualifies:

  • Under £25,000

How to apply:

Via the instituion.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £4,500

Southampton University - Low income and bursaries for sports involvement

Who qualifies:

  • Under £25,000

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

£1,000 - £3,000

Southampton Solent - Unpaid placement bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Unpaid placements

How to apply:

Via the instituion.

St. George's University of London - Low income bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Under £42,900 households

How to apply:

Via instution or Student Finance.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £1,700

Santander - Grant

Who qualifies:

  • University students who's university partner with Santander and thus have a branch on their campus

How to apply:

Apply through contact with Santander on unviersity campus - first come first serve basis.

Funds avaliable:

£250 - £1,000

St Mary's University - High achievers and low income bursaries

Who qualifies:

  • Those who are from a low-income backgroud and recieve ABB+ at A level

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Suffolk - Low income bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Under 25,000

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £500 per academic year

Sunderland - Widening Participation

Who qualifies:

  • A Sunderland partner college

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

Up £500 for normal entry age and £2,500 cashback for those doing foundation years

Surrey - Widening Participation

Who qualifies:

  • Those with low household incomes and in Surrey postcodes

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £3,000

UCFB - Low income bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Under £25,000 in the Wembley area

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

£3,500 (different on incomes above £25,000 but under £42,000)

UCL - Widening Participation

Who qualifies:

  • African or Caribbean males
  • Widening participation for London students from low income backgrounds

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £4,000 for London students and up £1,000 for Afro-Caribbean males

University of Law - Widening Participation/Lord Blunket

Who qualifies:

  • Partner institution + BBB at A Level, Nottinham university under graduate are prioritised for widening participation bursary

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

£1,000

University Arts London - Low income bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Students reliant completely on Student Finance

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Warwick - Low income bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Under £35,000 income household

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £2,000 and an extra £1,000 if their criteria met

West London - Low income bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Under £25,000

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £1,500

University of West England, Bristol - Low income bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Under £25,000

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £500 per academic year

Winchester - Low income and Widening Participation

Who qualifies:

  • Under £25,000 and In partnered postcodes in the area

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £1,000 and up to £2,000 for those under £16,000

York - First year low income bursary and then standard low income

Who qualifies:

  • Under £35,000 income household

How to apply:

Via the institution.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £2,000 in the first year and £1,000 for the last two to three years

Bursaries available across the United Kingdom

University of London - Higher achievers bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Students from low-income backgrdounds that achieve 2:1 grades can recieved up to £2,000 a year. The application for busary comes with the student finance aplication and is recieved every year as long as the grade is maintained.

How to apply:

Find out more here.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £2,000

Additional notes:

No limit on number of applicants.

Go Overseas bursary

Who qualifies:

  • No requirements (including no grades/or age)

How to apply:

Find out more here.

Funds avaliable:

£500 available

Additional notes:

Two applications available a year. Applicants have to send in a short essay about their volunteering oppertunity abroad.

Lord Mayor's 800th Anniversary Trust bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Aged 17-24

How to apply:

Find out more here.

Funds avaliable:

£50 - £1,000 available

Additional notes:

Two applications a year (late spring, late fall)

Hazel’s Footprints Trust Footprinter Grant

Who qualifies:

  • Aged 18+
  • Project must be minimum of 6 months in a developing country
  • Open to UK and Europe residents

How to apply:

Find out more here.

Additional notes:

Deadline mid March and late September.

Jack Petchey Foundation bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Living in London or Essex
  • Aged 11-25
  • Applications must be made 3-9 months prior to program start date

How to apply:

Find out more here.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £400 (paid directly to volunteer company)

Additional notes:

Deadline is ongoing.

The Ferguson Trust (UK) bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Aged 16-18
  • Open to those taking a gap year which includes a stint of volunteering

How to apply:

Find out more here.

Funds avaliable:

£300

Additional notes:

Deadline is ongoing.

The Young Explorers’ Trust (UK) bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Aged under 19, community projects.

How to apply:

Find out more here.

Additional notes:

Deadline January 31st 2019. This may be a single event bursary.

The Joicey Trust bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Have to live within Northumberland or East Scottish borders, for community development programs.

How to apply:

Find out more here.

Private school student funding

Who qualifies:

  • Must be a student in HMC schools
  • Trip must be for 3 months or more

How to apply:

Find out more here.

Funds avaliable:

£400-£600. One hardship award of £1000 is awarded whose financial needs prevent a gap year being possible.

Captain Scott Society bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Under 19s, apply before March of each year to be elligible

How to apply:

Find out more here.

Funds avaliable:

£500

The Sir Philip Reckitt Educational Trust bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Must be resident in Hull, Norfolk, or the former East Riding of Yorkshire

How to apply:

Find out more here.

Additional notes:

The Trust's assistance comes in the form of contributions towards the cost of travel, residence and attendance at conferences, lectures and educational courses.

John Muir Trust - Des Rubens and Bill Wallace Grant

Who qualifies:

  • UK applicants with Scottish interest/link

How to apply:

Find out more here.

Funds avaliable:

£200 - £2,000

The Royal Society of Biology bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Open to sociey members
  • Aged 18+
  • Has to have a biological aspect/research

How to apply:

Find out more here.

Funds avaliable:

Two bursaries at £500 available each year

British Medical and Dental Trust

Who qualifies:

  • Scholarships avaliable for students doing degrees in the medical fields

How to apply:

Find out more here.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £4000 for 4 weeks

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

Who qualifies:

  • Offered for young people between18-25
  • Varies widely from those in eduaction, to sustinable living and the arts

How to apply:

Find out more here.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £6,000

RDC Foundation bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Aged 11-19

How to apply:

Find out more here.

Widening Participation Bursaries

Who qualifies:

  • Students from from BAME
  • Students from low-income at universities across the UK

How to apply:

Find out more here.

Funds avaliable:

Varied depending on income, more funding for those wth houses with under £25,000 a year.

Care Leavers Bursaries

Who qualifies:

  • Students who have been in the care system

How to apply:

Find out more here.

Funds avaliable:

Up to £5,700 for the three academic years

Additional notes:

Apply directly through their Universities or Student finance.

Santander Bank University Partnership Grants

Who qualifies:

  • The Partner universities are listed here
  • Applications for reserach grants

How to apply:

Find out more here.

Additional notes:

The partner banks will be on the university campuses, students must go to the banks on their campus to recieve the funding not a standard branch. Partner universities are also in Germany. Have to be a partner university and for additional information the email address is [email protected]

Northern Ireland Bursaries

Queen's University, Belfast - Low income and work placements bursary

Who qualifies:

  • Household income under £19,203
  • Work placements for humanities and social science

How to apply:

Via the instituion.

Funds avaliable:

£416 for low income and up to £1,000 for placements

Ulster University -Low income and widening particiation (Access bursary)

Who qualifies:

  • Household income under £19,203

How to apply:

Via the instituion.

Funds avaliable:

£416 - £1,000

Hi I’m Meg, I’m 19 and currently taking a gap year, using it to travel as much as possible. I have been on the GVI under 18s trips to Cape Town for 2 weeks and also the Community Development Internship in India for 3 months – both were amazing!

In order to fund both of these trips I got in contact with a few local organisations who gave me a grant to help pay for GVI. I just sent an email to our local round table and rotary club then all I had to do was fill out a small application form. The village I live in also has a foundation that provide grants for young people doing trips similar to GVI and they sent me another application form.

After the trips I just sent them an email to tell them how I had got on. I would definitely recommend getting in touch with local round tables or rotary clubs to see if they offer grants.

For my next GVI trip I am really keen to visit Ghana on their Child Development Project. After university I would really like to look further into a career in the Community Development industry.

Meg Smith

Bursary recipient

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