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Gap year

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, take part in a placement such as conservation or teaching, cultural exchanges, short courses, join an expedition or do some work experience.

We provide support for planning your gap year through our Gap Year Planning Toolkit.  We also provide gap year opportunities through our Learning & Leading gap year scholarships. 

Gap year scholarships

Each year gap scholarships are awarded to enable young geographers to have an overseas gap experience before university. This includes a grant of up to £4,000 plus expert support and mentoring to plan a worthwhile experience. These are aimed at students who, through challenging circumstances or lack of opportunity, would not otherwise be able to have such experiences.


The next round of applications for gap scholarships is for students commencing Year 13 in autumn 2013. The closing date for applications is Friday 4 October 2013.  For more information download the guidance notes and frequently asked questions (FAQ).   

Meet the gap scholars and find out what they did on their gap years.

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