Independent travel awards

Finance your summer abroad. Funding opportunities for your independent travel projects this summer.

Applications for Summer 2019 have now closed.

Applications for Summer 2020 will open in Spring term 2020.



Centre for Global Programmes

Derwent College,
University of York,
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44 (0) 1904 323654


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Applications for Santander and Travel Bursary Awards 2019 have now closed.

Santander International Connections Awards 

For 2019 Santander students travelling to any country will be considered for a Santander Award.

Travel Bursary Awards for undergraduate students only (not final year)

Applicants shortlisted for the travel bursary awards will be invited to attend a short interview. Interviews will be held in Week 2 of the Summer Term. This award is made up of funds donated by several sources, details can be found on the 'Our Sponsors' tab on this page. 

All awardees will be expected to submit a written report of their project within 6 weeks of completion and to attend a celebration event in November 2019, on campus.     

Applications have closed for travel in summer 2019.

Please note that this funding is not available for students on the following schemes provided by the Centre for Global Programmes:

  • Students selected to study abroad as part of their academic degree
  • Students selected for any of the tuition fee waived Summer Schools i.e. Renmin University of China, Seoul National University and Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Students selected for any of the International Study Centres 

Santander International Connections


Santander International Connections Award 

‌‌‌‌Are you a Postgraduate taught or Undergraduate student planning independent international travel?  Then why not apply for the Santander International Connections Award. This award scheme is made possible thanks to a philanthropic grant to the University of York from Santander Universities

For an idea of the type of projects we fund please read through some of the short reports submitted by the successful recipients Santander Reports 2016 (PDF , 617kb)

How to apply

Applications have now closed.

Application information

  • The programme offers awards up to a maximum of £500 per person
  • Students must be registered at York at the time of travel and submit their report before registration expires
  • You cannot receive funding from more than one of our bursary programmes (i.e. Santander International Connections Award, Travel Bursaries, International Study Centre bursaries and Summer School tuition fee waiver)
  • Within 6 weeks of the completion of your project you are required to complete a short report 1500 -2000 words with 2 or 3 photographs. 

For further information on eligibility for this award please read the ‌Santander Guidance Notes 201920 (PDF , 444kb)


Terms and Conditions

As part of the scheme’s administration we need to share some of your information, including your email address, with Santander Universities for more information about how your information may be used please see the following document: Santander York Sharing Agreement 2019 (PDF , 168kb)Santander York Data Sharing (PDF , 168kb)



Travel bursaries


University of York Travel Bursaries Summer 2019

Are you an undergraduate planning a volunteering travel project for the summer vacation? Then why not apply for a travel bursary?

For an idea of the type of projects we fund please read through some of the short reports submitted by the successful recipients Travel Bursary Reports 2018 (PDF , 4,579kb)

How to apply:

Applications have now closed.

Applicants shortlisted for the travel bursary awards will be invited to attend a short interview in Week 2 of the Summer Term.

This award is made up of funds donated by several sources, details can be found on the 'Our Sponsors' tab on this page.

As a condition of the award successful applicants will be required to attend a celebratory event in November, where they will meet with donors to discuss their projects.

Application information

  • Preference will be given to applicants who are organising their own private project rather than participating in a project pre-arranged by a charity or other organisation.
  • Applications for projects directly forming part of the student’s academic work will not be accepted. This includes the International Study Centre, Summer Schools through the Centre for Global Programmes (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Seoul National University and Renmin University) and Worldwide and Erasmus Exchanges.
  • Only individual students may apply. Applications from groups, teams, societies etc will not be accepted.
  • Bursaries will be awarded from funds including: Staple Fund, the York Society, YuFund, the Nancy Richards Fund and the Beaumanoir-Hart Fund.
  • With the exception of the Nancy Richards Bursary (which is open to women only), these bursaries are open to men and women, but final-year students are excluded. Information on our donors  are given in the tab above.
  • Recipients of bursaries are required to submit a short account (1500 to 2000 words with two or three photographs) of their journey by the beginning of the following Autumn term. Copies will be sent to the donors of the bursaries and extracts may be published in the University Magazine.

Help fund your experience on YuStart

Further information about YuStart can be found on the finances and funding webpage (YuStart tab).

The University Travel Bursaries are supported by:

Y‌uFund, York Society Travel Bursary & Nancy Richards Society.

Our sponsors


We are grateful to Santander Universities for generously funding the International Connections Awards. Over 1,020 universities in 17 countries are members of the Santander Universities network. At York, Santander Universities provides funding for international travel, internships, student enterprise and masters scholarships. For more information about Santander at York, please contact Emily Souter,   

Thank you to the following donors whose generousity allows the Centre for Global Programmes to offer Travel Bursaries.

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YuFund is the new name for the York Annual Fund administered by the Office of Philanthropic Partnerships and Alumni (OPPA) . Substantial funds are raised from alumni, staff and friends through the Giving to York programme each year. 

Donors give either one off gifts or make a regular gift monthly, quarterly or annually and these are directed by donors to different aspects of University life.   

  • Funds donated to support extra-curricular activity, sport and opportunities are directed to YuFund.
  • Funds donated by donors who do not specify a preference are split between Student Support and YuFund.
  • Donors can also make a gift to their College. Colleges have direct access to these provided that all projects are agreed by the College Council and Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

The York Society Travel Bursary is provided from the York Society Trust Fund, a charitable trust established in 1981 by members of the York Society.  The York Society was the University’s first alumni organization set up in 1979 by a group of former students to maintain contact between Alumni and the University.  The Society held reunions for many years for all alumni and for specific graduation years.  In the early 1990’s the University began to adopt responsibility for the Alumni which is now dealt with by the Development and Alumni Relations Office. The York Society was disbanded in 1994 but the Trust fund remains as a legacy of the contributions made by the members of the York Society.  The Frances Vick Travel Bursary is in memory of Frances Vick one of the founding members of the York Society and one of the original Trustees of the York Society Trust. Her work and enthusiasm ensured the success of the York Society in the early days and the good relations enjoyed between the York Society Trust and the University. 

The Nancy Richards Bursary was endowed by the Revd Julian Richards in memory of his mother. Nancy Richards studied at St Hilda’s College, Durham, from 1917 to 1919, where she obtained a teaching diploma. She taught at primary schools in Leeds until her marriage in 1924. Although she always longed to go abroad, she was never able to do so, and spent the rest of her life in Yorkshire. She died in 1952, her family generously continues this donation in her name.