There are many different opportunities for your gap year. You may decide to do one or a combination of the following in the UK or overseas: earn money to cover university costs; go travelling; volunteer on an overseas placement doing, for instance conservation work or teaching; take part in a cultural exchange; complete a short course; join an expedition or get some work experience.
We provide support for planning your gap year through our Gap Year Planning Toolkit. We have also provided gap year opportunities through our Learning and Leading gap year scholarships.
Gap year scholarships
Since the beginning of the Learning and Leading programme in 2008, we have provided a number of scholarships each year to enable students to undertake some meaningful overseas travel before going to university. Consisting of a grant of up to £4,000 per student plus expert support and mentoring, these scholarships were aimed at students who, through challenging circumstances or lack of opportunity, would not otherwise have been able to have such experiences.
Unfortunately the latest round of Gap Scholars, awarded their grants in 2013 and due to travel in 2014 - 2015, will be the last recipients of this scholarship for the foreseeable future.
Meet the gap scholars to find out more about what previous Gap Scholars have done and what the current scholarship recipients are intending to do.