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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; 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 also provide gap year opportunities through our Learning and 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 help the recipient plan a worthwhile experience. These scholarships are aimed at students who, through challenging circumstances or lack of opportunity, would not otherwise be able to have such experiences.


The deadline for the 2014 Gap Scholarships has now passed. Information about what this year's recipients are intending to do can be found in our 'Meet the Gap Scholars' section - see below. Keep checking the website in case further opportunities become available for future years. For more information about the scholarship, see the documents below:

Meet the gap scholars and find out what they did or are planning to do on their gap years.

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