Generous Student Travel Grants open for applications
Looking to finally travel again this summer? Thanks to the generosity of Exeter’s alumni and donors, the Development Office have three special travel grants to award this year.
North American Travel Grant
If you’re thinking about a trip to the US and/or Canada this summer, you may be eligible for this grant. Your trip should be for at least one month during the Summer Vacation and it should have a theme or a purpose. You have the freedom to plan your own itinerary and the Development and Alumni Relations team can connect you with alumni en route. These are invaluable opportunities to benefit from local knowledge and expertise as our alumni can provide unique insights into their local area.
The North American Travel Grant provides funding of £2,500: £2,000 which will be available in advance to cover the cost of flights and other travel, and £500 given upon receipt of expenses.
In 2019 Antonio Perricone travelled to New York, where he spent a month contributing to an LGBTQ+ rights advocacy group, Voices4. Whilst there, he also developed his own photography project, explored queer issues and culture, and met with local alumni.
East Asia Travel Grant
If you’re thinking of heading to East Asia, this grant, generously supported by Peter Thompson, may be for you. Your trip should last at least one month during the Summer Vacation, and the Development and Alumni Relations team can connect you with alumni en route.
The trip should have a purpose – preferably not linked to your academic studies but to other interests and pursuits. The East Asia Travel Grant provides funding of £2,500: £2,000 which will be available in advance to cover the cost of flights and other travel, and £500 given upon receipt of expenses.
In 2019 Ayesha Sehgal spent five weeks in China. Arriving in Qingdao, where she lived with a host family for three weeks, acting as a camp leader for education consultancy – LAN international. She then travelled through Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai and Hong Kong; along the way, she met with alumni, improved her Mandarin and learnt about the country.
Ashok Ranganathan Travel Grant
This is a perfect opportunity if you are interested in spending time in India. Named to honour Ashok Ranganathan, the father of Ashwin Ranganathan (1991, PPE), this award provides funding to enable students to take up a placement at an NGO in an Asian or developing country, or alternatively to study or work in India during the Summer Vacation.
The Ashok Ranganathan Travel Grant provides one award of £1,000 or two awards of £500 each.
In 2019 Caitlin Rigler travelled to Calcutta, India, where she spent a month working for a health and social care organisation, IIMC mission.
- Each award is open to all Exeter College students (undergraduate and graduate) who are not in their final year of study.
- The successful candidates will organise the logistics and content of their trip.
- A detailed itinerary must be submitted for approval before departure, and a report submitted on return.
- Students will act as ambassadors for the College.
- It is essential that you demonstrate clearly why you want to visit each region.
How to apply
Please send a CV, draft itinerary and budget, together with a short covering letter explaining where you hope to go and what you hope to achieve if you are awarded the grant to: firstname.lastname@example.org
You should outline your ambassadorial skills and any College activities you are involved in, and you will also need to include an endorsement from your College Tutor. Please write Travel Grant on the envelope/email header.