Friday, 21 January 2011

UK:BUNAC Scholarships 2011

BUNAC is pleased to announce that applications are now available for the BUNAC Educational Scholarship Trust (BEST) Scholarships and Travel Awards.The BEST scholarships are open to UK passport holders who are currently or, have been within the last five years inclusive, in full-time tertiary education at a UK university or college and who are planning to undertake postgraduate study in either the USA or Canada.

Up to eight scholarships are awarded each year from a fund of $50,000. The individual amounts awarded vary but a typical award is in the region of approximately $5,000 - $10,000. The sum of $4,000 is available as the Christopher J Harbour Memorial Scholarship to a candidate looking to do sports-related studies and $2,000 as the John S Ball Award to a candidate looking to pursue a teaching or geography-related career. At the judging stage, preference is given to those whose proposed study in North America is likely to do most to further transatlantic understanding or to those who are required to go to the US or Canada to do a specific course

The BEST Scholarships are top-up funds, not a prime source of funding and candidates should be actively looking to secure funding from other sources while in the process of applying to BEST. Candidates cannot already be engaged in their course of study in North America at the time of application although they should be looking to apply to courses in their chosen field.

The closing date for applications is Friday 14th March 2011. Short-listed applicants will be invited to London for an interview in June.

BEST Travel Awards

The BEST Travel Awards are open to UK passport holders studying at a UK university or college who are taking part in a year of study abroad in the USA as part of their undergraduate degree. Individual Travel Awards have a value of $1,000 which is to be used towards the cost of travel to the USA. BEST gave out 20 Travel Awards in 2009.

The closing date for applications is Friday 14th March 2011. Selection of students for nomination to the fund for an award is at the sole discretion of the Awards Committee.

Applications for the BEST Scholarships and the BEST Travel Awards are available for download at

If you have any questions regarding the scholarships please e-mail Haydn Parks at


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