Application form

The aim is to find out more about you and your project. You must demonstrate that your project is feasible, worthwhile and that it will bring real benefit to others in your community, profession and in the UK as a whole. The form includes questions about your project, your employment history and your personal details.

Guidelines (PDF)

If you are successful at this stage, you will be short listed.

Short list form

You will need to provide more information about your project, details of your proposed travel plan, two referees and an outline budget. You will have two weeks to provide this information.

If you are successful at this stage, we will invite you for an interview. We may also select you as reserve.


These take place throughout January and early February in our offices in London and attending is compulsory if you want to be considered for the travel grant.

On the day of the interview, give yourself plenty of time and aim to arrive around 10 minutes before the actual interview time. If you are running late, please let us know.

You need to bring your passport to prove that you are a British citizen and you are not allowed to refer to any papers or presentations. Interviews last 20 minutes and you will meet a panel of experts in your particular category. The panels include members of our Advisory Council and Board of Trustees, and occasionally, existing Fellows. You will also meet the Director General and members of the Fellowship Team.

You will have the opportunity to briefly explain in your own words what your project is about and this will prompt questions from the panel. You are also welcome to ask the panel any questions you might have about the Fellowship programme and your project in particular.

In your interview, you will need to demonstrate the following:

  • that you have a clearly defined and worthwhile overseas project in terms of benefit to the UK;
  • that you have thought in detail about how you plan to use and/or disseminate the knowledge and experiences you will gain, and how this country and your community will benefit from your project as a result;
  • that your travel plan is realistic and value for money focusing on locations where the relevant subject matter expertise is available. Plans that are over ambitious in time or in number of locations are unlikely to be supported;
  • that you have the character and ability to use the opportunity and money well, for the purpose to which it was given, and will be a good ambassador for both the Trust and the United Kingdom.