Scholarships for postgraduate study in the USA or Canada

Applications are open for the 2018 BUNAC Educational Scholarship Trust (BEST) Scholarships.

The BEST Scholarships offer financial assistance to eligible applicants who are looking to undertake postgraduate study in the USA or Canada. They are funded by the BEST Scholarship Trust which is an independent trust administered by BUNAC on behalf of the BEST trustees.

A number of scholarships are awarded each year from a fund of £50,000 allocated for the BEST Scholarships.  Included in this are the sums of £4,000 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. The individual amounts awarded vary but a typical award is in the region of approximately £5,000 – £10,000.

The closing date for complete applications is 23 March 2018.  Short-listed applicants will be invited to London for an interview in May/June.  Application forms are available online at www.bunac.org/bunac/scholarships-and-awards.

Candidates must:

  • Be UK passport holder
  • Be currently, or have been engaged in full-time tertiary education at a university or college of higher education in the United Kingdom
  • Have already applied for, but not yet started a post-graduate course in the US or Canada. The postgraduate qualification must be awarded by a US or Canadian institution
  • At the judging stage, preference is given to those whose proposed study in North America is likely to do most to further transatlantic understanding and/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 the 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.

BUNAC Work Abroad programmes

BUNAC are also still taking bookings for their Work America and Summer Camp USA programmes, so if you would like to work in America during the summer please visit BUNAC’s website, and they can help you get a J-1 visa.

If you have any questions please get in touch at scholarships@bunac.org.uk

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