Between 2008 and 2016, the Learning and Leading programme offered Gap Scholarships to year 13 students wishing to take a 'year out' between school and university. These Scholarships consisted of a £4,000 grant plus mentor support and advice on how to plan and carry out a meaningful gap experience.
Although the Gap Scholarships are no longer being offered, please see below to find out more about other ways in which the Society can support those planning a 'gap experience', and find out what previous students did with the opportunity to travel overseas.
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.
Follow this link to our Pinterest board to find out about other opportunities that might be available to those wishing to head overseas for some meaningful travel.
If you're an academic or have a particular expedition in mind, you may be eligible to apply for one of our RGS-IBG grants. Find out more on our grants page.
Or if it's inspiration you're after, why not Meet the gap scholars to find out more about the experiences that previous Gap Scholars have enjoyed.