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Durham University


Durham University Fund for Students Travelling Abroad

The funds are provided to support students wishing to travel abroad to undertake activities which sit outside their academic course and current area of study, for example, working for a charitable organisation, taking part in activities which enhance personal development and/or provide opportunities to gain personal experience. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate an ability to organise their own travel.

The British and Foreign School Society (Sarah Walker and Spafford Memorial Fund) and the Durham University Student Opportunities Fund are major benefactors of the Fund.

The British and Foreign School Society have a number of projects across the world, funding from the charity will be prioritised to those students who join or visit one of these projects.

Level of Study

Undergraduate & Postgraduate

Mode of study

Full time & Part time

Registered students in the academic year 2017/18


All programmes

Further Information

Please note students should not travel to any part of the world that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office designate as “advising against all travel to” as at Funding will not be allocated to a student who wishes to travel to an area which may endanger their safety.

The Durham University Fund for Students Travelling Abroad cannot be used to finance:

    • the year abroad requirement of an undergraduate degree programme

    • fieldwork or research for undergraduate dissertations

    • any activity which is a requirement of an undergraduate degree

    • travel incurred in furtherance of research for higher degrees

    • travel incurred by postgraduate students in attending and/or presenting papers at conferences

    • any activity which is a requirement of a postgraduate degree

    • any travel which involves fundraising for another cause

    • any activity which falls outside the remit of the Fund as described above or determined by the University

    • a foreign language course for students of the School of Modern of Languages and Cultures

Prospective applications must submit an online application form for funding.

Please note

    • Awards are not made to Undergraduate students in their final year of study except in exceptional circumstances or where confirmation for a further degree starting in 2019/20 is received.

    • Awards will not be made retrospectively.

    • Awards will not normally be made to students who received an award during the previous academic year.

    • Awards will not be made to students participating in projects such as Operation Wallacea or DUCK

Applications accepted from

13th March 2019

Application deadline

26th April 2019

When candidates will hear the outcome of their application

26th June 2019

For further information or advice:

Online enquiry


Phone: +44 (0)191 334 6395

A significant amount of the funding available to students to support their extra-curricular interests and personal development has been made possible from the generous donations of the University's Alumni. To ensure that this support continues in the future current students are needed to work on the Annual Giving Programme telephone fundraising campaign. If you would be interested in giving your time to help future students and in return gain some valuable experience as well as financial incentives, please contact the Development and Alumni Relations Office. (

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