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).

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 the teaching staff who knows or knew the applicant well.

Eligibility criteria can be found here: Travel Awards Summary 2019-2020

Completed applications (hard copy or e-mail) should be sent to the Development Office (development@pgs.org.uk). 

Deadlines for submitting applications:

OP Club Travel Grant – 31 January 2020
Tim McDowall Award – 31 March 2020
Young Explorers Award – 31 January 2020


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