How to apply

Applications are now open for the 2018 awards.

Applications can be submitted by citizens of ANY European country. Candidates from countries other than the UK and Ireland would normally be expected to do the major part of their project in the UK – however, those who are already familiar with life in Britain may choose to do projects anywhere in Europe apart from their home country.

It is essential that you are prepared to travel abroad independently. Although you are not required to be a specialist in modern languages you will need to gather information on your project from conversations with people as well as from books and other media. You should, therefore, be confident that you will be able to talk to the people you meet in the country(ies) you visit.

When drawing up the list of candidates to be interviewed, and when deciding who should be awarded scholarships the selectors consider academic qualifications to be less important than enthusiasm and the ability to carry through an independent project in a foreign country.

Applicants are required to have been in full-time education at some time during the 12 months preceding their application and should be aged between 18 and 26 at the time they travel (under some circumstances an older candidate up to age 29 might be considered).

To submit an application download the application form, complete it, and send to to arrive by Noon on 1st March 2019 at the latest..

2018 - 2019  TIMETABLE
Final date for applications Noon on 1st March 2019
Notification of interview 15th March 2019
Interviews in London Early April 2019
Notification of result Immediately following interviews
Fieldwork during 2019 / 2020
Submission of report no later than three months after completion of travel.

Interviews will be held in London in the second week of April 2019 and cannot be arranged at another time. Please do not apply if these dates are not convenient for you. Those called for interview will be responsible for their own travel expenses. Applicants who are shortlisted will be notified by email by 15th March 2019. If you are invited for interview you will be asked to bring with you:

  • a draft budget giving details of expected income and expenditure for your proposed trip; please note that the costs of a language course cannot be included in your budget.
  • details of people or organisations who would be able to help you including some from the country(ies) chosen for your research.

If you have any queries contact

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Those offered scholarships are entirely responsible for making their own own travel, living, working and insurance arrangements and for their own conduct and actions whilst undertaking the project. Neither the Trustees nor any member of the Scholarship Fund Committee nor the Fund in general accept any responsibility or liability whatsoever for any action, damage, loss, death, illness or injury, which you may cause or suffer at any time as a consequence either of your application or any award that may be offered and accepted or whilst undertaking your project.