Bursary Fund

Applications open for autumn 2018 bursary cycle

Raleigh International is committed to ensuring that our Expedition programme is accessible to young people from a range of backgrounds. Our Bursary Fund has been established to help support young people who might otherwise find it difficult to fundraise the full cost of a 10-week Expedition costing £3,450.

If your household income is £44,000 or under you could be eligible for our Bursary Fund. Depending on household income, you will be asked to fundraise between £800 and £3,000.

Household income Deposit Total amount to fundraise
Maximum level £23,000 or under £50 £800
Medium level £24,000 – £33,000 £50 £1,500
Minimum level £34,000 – £44,000 £50 £3,000

What does the bursary cover?

  • Reduced fundraising target (dependent on household income)
  • Cost of flights
  • Visas and vaccinations

Bursary criteria

This opportunity is available to young people aged 17 to 24 who:

  • Are able to give examples that they are an active member of society, such as volunteering in their community
  • Are from a household earning £44,000 or less
  • Are enthusiastic about fundraising (but would find fundraising a challenge)
  • Are passionate and understanding about Raleigh’s work and how an Expedition will develop their skills
  • Are a UK national currently residing in the UK, or can prove 5 years of residence in the UK
  • Are committed to spending 10 weeks in a challenging environment
  • Have had insignificant experience or opportunity to travel abroad
  • Are willing to follow Raleigh’s Code of Conduct

Application dates and deadlines

We run three Raleigh Bursary cycles each year. Applications will only be accepted in the following application windows.

Bursary cycle Applications open Application deadline
Summer 2018 14 Jan 2018 11 Mar 2018
Autumn 2018 15 Apr 2018 10 Jun 2018
Spring 2019 22 Aug 2018 17 Oct 2018

Application windows may close early if we receive a lot of applications, so please get your application in as soon as possible.

As part of the selection process applicants will be required to attend a compulsory Assessment Day.

Sheikha – Bursary Fund Recipient

Sheika participated in a Raleigh Nepal Expedition in 2017. In her application, she eloquently expressed a desire to learn from and support Nepalese communities as they rebuild their lives after the devastating earthquake in April 2015. Her passion for volunteering and helping others was demonstrated through her involvement in various voluntary roles in her school, community and a youth homeless shelter.

Having returned from her placement, Sheikha has entered the final year of her Social Work degree and planning how best to apply her education and experience in Nepal to have the most impact as a graduate. Sheikha is keen to be an ambassador for Raleigh’s Bursary Programme, inspiring others to follow in her footsteps.

Sheikha and her group

Sheika, back row, 2nd from left with her 19-day Trek group

“I’m so thankful for the opportunity. It was the highest highs and lowest lows. No one in my community has done anything like this. I learned about myself, developed leadership skills being Day Leader, and I could see the impact I had in our community. The impact I was making towards the SDGs, will last for years.”

– Sheika


Download our Bursary Guide to find out more about the fund and how to apply.

Download a Bursary Guide

How to apply

Before applying, please check the following three steps.

Step 1 – Check your eligibility

Before you sign up, read our terms and conditions so there are no surprises when you get started.

Step 2 – Check it’s safe for you to take part

We are well equipped to support volunteers with different medical needs and requirements. However, before applying please read our medical form to check if we can support your needs. You do not need to complete this form until you have applied for the programme. If you have a concern or question about your ability to take part in an Expedition, contact our Medical team for a confidential chat on raleighmedic@raleighinternational.org or +44 (0) 207 183 1291.

Step 3 – Check that Raleigh is for you

Raleigh operates a no alcohol and no drugs policy on all our programmes. To understand why we do this, we ask you to read our Raleigh Code of Conduct in full before applying.

Applications now open for autumn 2018 cycle

You'll need to fill out an application form and upload a short video telling us why you would benefit from going on a Raleigh Expedition.

Apply to the Bursary Fund
Why a video?

The video entry is compulsory, as it gives you the opportunity to show us who you are and we get to learn a little more about you. For more information please have a look at our video application guidance and watch the video below.

Need additional help or have a question?

If you have an additional need or disability and require a reasonable adjustment to the application process, or require the application form in other formats, or if you have any questions, please contact bursaryfund@raleighinternational.org