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Meet the Gap Scholars

Each year we award gap year scholarships to young geographers who might not have considered or been able to afford to travel overseas on a gap year. Each gap scholarship is worth up to £4,000 which can fund travel, accommodation and the costs of a placement such as a conservation project, an expedition or a cultural exchange.

Students receive expert guidance from the Society and are mentored by geography undergraduates to help plan a meaningful gap experience which will positively impact on their future studies and career.

See below to find out what previous Gap Scholars have done and what this year's intake are planning to do.

Meet the scholars
Check out our Meet the scholar interview
with Emily Hargreaves

Ellie Geare
Ellie Geare, 2014-2015
Researching New Zealand climate change and retreating glaciers.

Soraya Kebbouche
Soraya Kebbouche, 2014-2015
Interested in development, would like to visit South America and Asia.


Arif Hussain
Arif Hussain, 2014-2015
Looking to take on community projects in Tanzania and complete a TEFL course in China.

Arif's Blog

Grace Simkins
Grace Simkins, 2014-2015
Interested in development work, especially women’s issues in Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya.

William Parker
William Parker, 2014-2015
Interested in climate change and its impacts, ideally on north coasts of Norway, Finland and Russia

Emma Hulland
Emma Hulland, 2014-2015
Wants to investigate sustainability in Europe e.g. Copenhagen, Stockholm, Hamburg.

Theo Smith
Theo Smith, 2014-2015
Would possibly like to go to NZ and Australia to do conservation work.

Elizabeth Farrell
Elizabeth Farrell, 2014-2015
Interested in cold and glacial environments, would like to go to Norway and Alaska.

Alexandra Sears
Alexandra Sears, 2014-2015
Is volunteering with Project Trust in Cambodia, teaching English and working on health and social care in an orphanage in Cambodia.

Lexi's blog

Jack Warriner
Jack Warriner, 2014-2015
USA to learn about tectonic activity, hurricanes or to look at how poverty affects places such as New York.

Anna-Marie Lawn
Anna-Marie Lawn, 2014-2015
Interested in conservation, specifically working with endangered species of turtles in Costa Rica or Thailand.

Andre Clacken-Lewin
Andre Clacken-Lewin, 2014-15
Wants to do internship/NGO work in South America. Wants to become fluent in Spanish.

Conor Campbell, 2014-2015
Is spending two months exploring Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore then a further 4 months in Australia travelling independently and getting some paid farm work.

Amy Wood
Amy Wood, 2014-2015
Wants to visit China and India to see effects of rapid industrialisation, population rise and their evolving NIC status.

Jerrylyn Saguiped
Jerrylyn Saguiped, 2014-2015
Wants to volunteer on an animal conservation project in South Africa for 1-2 months.

Marcella Cilia
Marcella Cilia, 2014-2015
Plans to spend three months volunteering in Peru then a month completing an internship at a geoscience organisation in the Netherlands.

Will Allman
Will Allman, 2014-2015
Is spending ten months in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand carrying out independent travel, conservation work at a rainforest reserve near Cairns and volunteering as an English teacher in Thailand.

Gap scholar Victoria Adeyi
Victoria Adeyi, 2013-2014
Volunteering on a community development project in Fiji then travelling in New Zealand.
Victoria's blog »

Gap Scholar Daniel Evans
Daniel Evans, 2012-2013
Researched into permafrost in Alaska and independent travel through the west coast of USA.
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Gap Scholar Lynn Munro
Lynn Munro, 2009-2010
Currently at Sirling University, Lynn volunteered on wildlife reserves in South Africa.
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Gap scholar Andrew Robinson
Andrew Robinson, 2013-2014
Internship at US Geological Survey in USA and travel to Hong Kong and New Zealand.
Andrew's blog »

Gap scholar Angela Rose
Angela Rose, 2013-2014
Would like work on community, teaching and conservation projects in Brazil and Tanzania.

Gap scholar April Blair
April Blair, 2013-2014
Elephant conservation volunteer in Thailand and travel to Philippines.

Gap scholar Matthew Churm
Matthew Churm, 2013-2014
Travelled to USA and Sicily.

Gap scholar Comfort Enoch-Moye
Comfort Enoch-Moye, 2013-14
Would like to work with children in Peru and travel through South America.

Gap scholar Evie Hawker
Evie Hawker, 2013-2014
Interested in teaching in Dubai, working in Australia and visiting Yellowstone in USA.

Gap scholar George Smith
George Smith, 2013-2014
Six week solo trek through the Adirondack Mountains, USA, followed possibly by a trip to Holland.

George's blog:  

Gap scholar Georgia Murphy
Georgia Murphy, 2013-2014
Plans to volunteer and travel in Nepal and India.

Gap scholar James Totton
James Totton, 2013-2014
Internship investigating the effects of climate refugees in Bangladesh.

Gap scholar Jonathan Fry
Jonathan Fry, 2013-2013
Plans to undertake conservation placement in Nepal .

Gap Scholar Lorna Burnell
Lorna Burnell, 2012-2013
Travelled in Iceland, New Zealand, Australia and Cambodia
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Lorna's blog »

Gap Scholar Abi Ridley
Abi Ridley, 2012-2013
Explored her heritage in India and undertook voluntary work.
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Gap Scholar Tara Wales
Tara Wales, 2012-2013
Travelled in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and New Zealand to further her understanding of development.
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Gap Scholar Joshua Nimmins
Joshua Nimmins, 2012-2013
Volunteered in USA on water conservation and disability programmes.
Joshua's blog »

Gap Scholar Daniel Crewe
Daniel Crewe, 2012-2013
Travelled through central and eastern Europe and to Iceland to see the Northern Lights.
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Gap Scholar Amar Jilka
Amar Jilka, 2012-2013
Undertook an internship in China and voluntary work in Peru.
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Gap Scholar Emily Marsh
Emily Marsh, 2012-2013
Travel and teaching in India, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia.
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Gap Scholar Jemimah Larbi
Jemimah Larbi, 2012-2013
Teaching English in China then travelled to Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Philippines.
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Jemimah's blog »

Gap scholar Nia Rees
Nia Rees, 2012-2013
Travelled to Peru to learn Spanish and volunteer with young people.
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Gap Scholar Torquil Hall
Torquil Hall, 2012-2013
Cycled 2640 miles around the North Sea to see the Fjords and glaciated areas.
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Gap Scholar Emma Crewsdon
Emma Crewdson, 2012-2013
Geophysics work experience in Singapore and Malaysia and travel in Australia and New Zealand.
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Gap scholar Amy Donaldson
Amy Donaldson, 2011-2012
Visited volcanic regions in St Vincent and Sicily.
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Gap scholar Amy Bennett
Amy Bennett, 2011-2012
Undertook conservation in Cambodia and Costa Rica.
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Gap scholar Denzel Johnson
Denzel Johnson, 2011-2012
Travelled and volunteered in the Americas over his gap year.
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Gap scholar Jade Dyer
Jade Dyer, 2011-2012
Travelled on an overland tour through USA.
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Gap scholar Sophie Garrett
Sophie Garrett, 2011-2012
Took an overland tour through South America.
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Gap scholar Jake Shah
Jake Shah, 2011-2012
Travelled in Austria, Turkey and Cuba.
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Gap scholar Rowan Blackmore
Rowan Blackmore, 2011-2012
Conservation and travel in New Zealand, Chile and USA.
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Rowan's blog »

Gap scholar Siobhan Totterdale
Siobhan Totterdale, 2011-2012
Travel, work and volunteering in Japan, Australia and USA.
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Siobhan's blog »

Gap scholar Emma Byhurst
Emma Byhurst, 2011-2012
Taught in Malawi and worked in a summer camp in USA.
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Gap Scholar Nathan Carlton
Nathan Carlton, 2010-2011
Undertook conservation work and travel in New Zealand.
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Gap scholar Samantha Armstrong
Samantha Armstrong, 2010-11
Toured overland through Africa, volunteering and travelling in South America.
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Gap scholar Rosie Ryan
Rosie Ryan, 2010-2011
Worked in Australia and travelled in New Zealand and USA.
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Gap scholar Rebecca Pearce
Rebecca Pearce, 2010-2011
Undertook a conservation project in Costa Rica.
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Gap scholar Rebekah Akingbala
Rebekah Akingbala, 2010-2011
Took a french course and travelled in Canada.
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Gap scholar Sophie Wild
Sophie Wild, 2010-2011
Volunteered on a turtle conservation project in Kenya.
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Gap scholar Sean Cox
Sean Cox, 2010-2011
Travelled in South America and undertook a community building project in Peru.
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Sean's blog »

Gap Scholar John Nguyen
John Nguyen, 2010-2011
Travelled in South America, undertaking community construction project in Peru.
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Gap Scholar Stuart Fielding
Stuart Fielding, 2010-2011
Undertook conservation projects, paid work and independent travel in Australia.

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Gap scholar Shannon Salisbury
Shannon Salisbury, 2010-2011
Volunteered in a Moroccan orphanage, travelled in Hong Kong, Australia and Fiji.
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Gap scholar Matt Slater
Matt Slater, 2010-2011
Travelled to Norway, worked as a language assistant in Spain and interrailed in Europe.
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Gap scholar Elizabeth Garrard
Elizabeth Garrard, 2010-2011 
Worked in Australia, travelled in New Zealand and an overland tour of South America.

Gap Scholar Emily Hargreaves
Emily Hargreaves, 2010-2011
Volunteered in a Hong Kong school, travelled in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Thailand.
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Gap Scholar Tom Unsworth
Thomas Unsworth, 2010-2011
Volunteered on a conservation project in Ecuadorian Amazon, and travelled in South America.
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Gap scholar Ruth Van Tongeren
Ruth Van Tongeren, 2009-2010
Undertook voluntary work in a USA National Park and travelled through USA.
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Gap scholar Alina Khan
Alina Khan, 2009-2010
Studied at a South Korean university.
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Gap scholar Alan Nicholls
Alan Nicholls, 2009-2010
Lived with a hill tribe in Thailand and travelled to Cambodia.
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Gap scholar Chris Jones
Chris Jones, 2009-2010
Took part in a marine research project in Indonesia.
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Gap scholar Claire Andrews
Claire Andrews, 2009-2010
Volunteered on USA National Park, travel in Australia and Fiji.
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Gap scholar Victoria Benjafield
Victoria Benjafield, 2009-2010
Community development work in Fiji, travel to Australia and USA.
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Gap scholar Robert Murray
Robert Murray, 2009-2010
Taught in a Chinese school, travelled to Australia and Thailand.
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Gap scholar Courtney Groves
Courtney Groves, 2009-2010
Volunteer in Uganda, toured Africa, conservation in Australia and work in New Zealand.
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Gap scholar Peter Holland
Peter Holland, 2008-2009
Took part in a GIS project on a wildlife reserve in South Africa.
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Gap scholar Ed Pethick
Ed Pethick, 2008-2009
Joined a sustainable community project in New Zealand.
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Gap scholar Annys Mackintosh
Annys Mackintosh,2008-2009
Joined a grassroots conservation project in New Zealand.
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Gap scholar Annabelle Wilson
Annabelle Wilson, 2008-2009
Natural hazard research in New Zealand and Japan.
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Gap scholar Mark Kittle
Mark Kittle, 2008-2009
Expedition to Svalbard, Arctic undertaking glacial geormorphology research.
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Dene Bowdalo
Dene Bowdalo, 2008-2009
Travelled around Europe and Australia.
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