OPs and pupils aged 16 to 23 who are still in full-time education and who are planning a travel experience either during the school holidays or a gap year, are able to apply for a range of travel awards. 

Three awards are available – the Tim McDowall Travel Award, the OP Club Travel Grant and the Young Explorer’s Award (available for pupils on British Exploring Society expeditions). Download the Travel-Awards-Summary-2021 2022 for full eligibility criteria. 

Each award has certain eligibility criteria. In general the travel experience needs to be voluntary, charitable or educational in nature or result in other personal development. It also needs to be organised by an individual rather than involving participation in a group venture organised by the school.

Examples of activities undertaken by pupils in the past include volunteer teaching in Malawi and Ghana, volunteer work with orphan children in Mexico, a medical elective in South Africa and participation in a leg of a Tall Ships voyage.

Applications must include:

  1. A current CV 
  2. A covering letter explaining the activity, the reasons for wanting to go, how the experience will benefit the applicant, the total cost and how the applicant intends to meet this cost. (You can download a budget template from here).
  3. A reference from a member of teaching staff (either PGS or university) who knows or knew the applicant well.

Download the Travel-Awards-Summary-2021 2022 for full eligibility criteria. 

Completed applications should be sent to the Development Office (development@pgs.org.uk). 


OP Club travel awards criteria Sept 2020