Published: 13 December 2013

Applications open for around-the-world travel grant


Undergraduates at the University of Liverpool have the chance to compete for an around-the-world travel grant to fund an academic research project.

The Circumnavigators Club Foundation of New York is offering students the chance to win a grant worth more than £5,000 to fund a research trip encompassing five countries across at least three continents.

Liverpool is the only University in the UK to host the Circumnavigators Club Foundation competition. The programme is aimed at full-time undergraduate students who are in their penultimate year of study. The project will be undertaken over 10-weeks during the summer prior to the start of the final year of study.

The 2013 Circumnavigators winner was business studies undergraduate Katie Girow, who travelled this summer to places including Cape Town, Malaysia and Mexico. The focus of her dissertation was the impact of tourism on various locations. To read Katie’s blog about her travels, visit

Katie and previous winners Robert Simpson and Claire Wormald all attended a reception at the House of Lords this week (pictured).

Circumnavigator winners

Applications for the 2014 grant need to be submitted by 31 January 2014 and should contain a project outline covering the proposed study topic. Proposals should seek to further global scholarship or understanding, be relevant to your area of academic study or area of interest, and include a plan of study and research methods as well as a proposed itinerary.

Dr Paul Redmond from the University’s Careers and Employability Service works with the Foundation to select the grant winner. Commenting on the programme, he said: “This is a superb opportunity for a student to spend the summer furthering research ambitions, and travelling the world.

“The value of the prize in terms of life, work and research experience is huge.”

Following the application deadline, four finalists will be selected who will then expand on their study proposals and take part in interviews before a winner is chosen.

For further details and advice on how to enter, please contact Dr Paul Redmond on

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