The Awards

We are proud to announce that the second round of  2019 AFS UK volunteer abroad scholarships are open for applications until Midnight GMT, 20 May 2019. We have almost £3,000 available that will be split over a number of scholarships for travel to 7 different countries for the lucky winners. No cash will be disbursed, the scholarship will result in a discount on the programme fee.

To receive the award, each winner must book their programme before 30 June 2019.

Should the scholarship not be taken up by the allocated winners, runners up may be contacted following this booking deadline.

How to apply

Those wishing to apply for a scholarship should fill out the form below including a “WeTransfer” link to their 1-2 minute application video. We are looking for inspirational individuals who will come home with a renewed passion for volunteering internationally and at home. Winners should be imaginative in their submissions and answer the three important but simple questions below.

Time is short and we are ready to be wowed!

The Questions

  • Why do you want to volunteer overseas?

  • Why do you deserve this award?

  • How will you bring your experience back home to your own community?

Application form

The third party platform you can use to upload your video is WeTransfer, which can be found here.

Scholarship application

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Application Deadline Midnight GMT, 20 May 2019.

Each complete entry will be reviewed and shortlisting and selection of winners will be conducted internally by AFS Intercultural Programs staff based on the following criteria:

  • Eligibility: The submission must meet the conditions as outlined in this page
  • Relevance: The submission must contain clearly articulated answers to the three questions posed above
  • Potential Long-term impact: The submission must include an explanation of how the potential winner would aim to bring their experience back to their community. This could include talks, blogs, vlogs, volunteering, fundraising etc.

Final decisions will be made by 31 May 2019 and communicated to the lucky winners by email.

Terms and Conditions

The AFS UK scholarship awards are subject to the following terms and conditions.

  • You must be over 18 years old to apply for these scholarships.
  • Scholarships are not guaranteed and will be awarded based on merit, based on the application video that best answers the three questions above and demonstrates the contestant’s passion for volunteering. The judges’ decision will be final in all instances.
  • Scholarships are only open to UK residents.
  • Winners will be subject to certain eligibility criteria depending on the country and programme they are interested in attending. These criteria can include visa requirements, medical clearances, background/police checks etc. Exact details can be requested by the contestants from the country or countries they are interested in travelling to directly, using the contact details on the country page. Winning of a scholarship does not guarantee acceptance onto a programme. Should a winner not meet those criteria, the scholarship will not be redeemed and AFS at its sole discretion may pass it on to another qualified applicant.
  • Each scholarship will be given as a discount on your programme fees applied after you have paid your initial deposit/programme fee according to program fee schedule. Scholarships may not be redeemed for cash.
  • Should there be insufficient applications for the scholarships by the deadline, AFS Intercultural Programs reserves the right to extend deadlines, withhold scholarships or potentially cancel the competition.
  • To receive the scholarship, each winner must book their programme before 30 June 2019.
  • Should any scholarship not be taken up by an allocated winner, runners-up may be contacted following this booking deadline.