Distant Horizons Awards

The Distant Horizons Awards are international travel awards for our undergraduate students who want to take part in academic or career-related events or activities overseas but who may not have the financial capability to do so. Experience abroad promotes learning beyond traditional undergraduate courses, allowing students to gain perspective on other cultures, travel to exciting destinations, and enhance your career perspectives. Now is the time to go global!

The award covers travel costs, such as international transportation (e.g. flights, trains), accommodation and related participation fees (e.g. conference fees, registration fees). The award cannot be used for everyday travel (i.e. Oyster travel cards), or travel that has already occurred. The award does not cover equipment or daily living costs.

The awards are a contribution towards the costs and are not meant to cover the full expenses of the planned overseas activity. Successful applicants must sign a Terms of Agreement prior to traveling overseas. The award payment will be made several weeks after the Outward Mobility Team receives the signed Terms of Agreement. Any unspent funds must be repaid to the University.

Please note: the Outward Mobility Team reserves the right to refuse consideration of an application based on the travel risk assessment as outlined by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

Download the Distant Horizons Awards application form (Word doc.)

Amount:
Less than one semester (under 3 months) – up to £500. One semester (3 to 6 months) – up to £1,000. One academic year (over 6 months) – up to £1,500
Eligibility: The travel awards are only open to undergraduate students studying at the University of Westminster. The travel must take place internationally and must be completed by 31 August 2018. The overseas activity must be at least 3 days long. Erasmus+ grant recipients are not eligible for the award.
Criteria: Make a strong case that the travel will benefit you either academically or in your career. Proof of costs must be provided. Preference will be given to students: 1: who have not received a Distant Horizons Award previously, 2: who are going abroad for a semester/year, and 3: who are not returning to their country of origin for the overseas activity. Your intended travel must get academic support (unless you are taking part in a semester/year long exchange programme).
Deadline: 31 August 2017 – Semester 1 or full year abroad. 15 December 2017 – Semester 2 abroad. 31 May 2018 – Summer abroad.
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