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Gap year

Are you looking to undertake a gap year? We offer support and provide a number of scholarships each year to enable students to undertake meaningful overseas travel before going to university.

There are many different options for taking a gap year between school and university or even after university and before starting work.

You may decide to earn money to cover university costs; go travelling; volunteer on an overseas placement; take part in a cultural exchange; complete a short course; join an expedition or get some work experience.

Doing any or a combination of the above in the UK or overseas can provide valuable experience, transferable skills and enhance your CV.

We provide support in several ways for those planning their gap year. Our Gap Year Planning Toolkit is a useful resource that works through the process of researching and planning your year out - from developing your ideas and putting a plan in place, to keeping yourself safe while you're away. 

On Wednesday 1st July 2015 we're running our Gap Travel Workshop. Designed for those who'd like to take some time out to travel before or even after university but aren't sure how to begin planning their trip. Join us for an interactive and advice-packed evening event. Find out more

Further opportunities are also available through the Learning and Leading programme: 

Gap year scholarships

We provide a number of scholarships each year to enable students to undertake meaningful overseas travel before going to university.

These scholarships are aimed at students who, through challenging circumstances or lack of opportunity, would not otherwise be able to access such experiences, with a grant provided of up to £4,000 per student plus expert support and mentoring.

We have a small number of Gap Scholarships available for current Year 13 geography students who wish to take a year out before going on to study geography or a geographical degree at a Higher Education Institute in the autumn of 2016.

You can find out more from the following documents.

Application process

To apply for a Gap Scholarship, please read the guidelines then complete an application form.

Your geography teacher will also need to complete a 'Teacher Nomination Form'. Both of these documents then need to be sent to Charlie Eustace, the Learning and Leading Coordinator, at landl@rgs.org. The deadline for applications has now been extended to Friday 12th June.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified by email and interviews will be held in July 2015.

For any questions or to get further information, please contact Charlie either by email or on 020 7591 3180.

Meet the gap scholars to find out more about what previous Gap Scholars have done and what current scholarship recipients are intending to do.

Send email to
Learning & Leading or call: +44 (0)20 7591 3180

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