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Lancaster Global Travel Fund

UK Undergraduate students can apply for funding to enable them to take part in an academic field course or department-organised trip.

Global Travel Fund Update

With the spread of Covid-19 globally, travel opportunities are currently suspended.

Future Global Travel Fund eligibility criteria and application procedures will be confirmed shortly before travel opportunities resume. Please continue to check this webpage or contact your department for the latest developments.

Covid-19 information for current staff and students

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information about funding available please read through our FAQs.


  • Who can apply for this funding?

    The Lancaster Global Travel Fund is available to UK undergraduate students taking part in an international field trip, LEC field course, or department-led international trip for whom cost would be a barrier to their participation.

  • How are awards decided?

    The funding we receive is dictated by the University Access Agreement. In the 2019/20 academic year our awards were granted primarily to students who were in receipt of a means-tested bursary from the University. There are also a number of other criteria for reaching students most in need which we may take into account when offering this funding to students:

    • You have a disability which potentially limits your options at University.
    • You are in care or a care leaver
    • Your parents have not been to University
    • You are a young carer or parent or are estranged from your family.
    • Family household income.

    Awards from this fund are given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Awards can differ in amount depending on the situation a student is in.

    The criteria for awards in the 2021/22 academic year have not yet been finalised, but will likely be similar to the 2019/20 award criteria.

  • How much funding can I get?

    The fund will cover a portion of the fee charged by the academic department that runs the field trip. The grant covers up to 75% of the fee for those students that are deemed to be in most need based on the criteria above, but students may receive less depending on their personal circumstances.

  • What is the application process?

    In order to apply for funding, you will need to fill in our online form. You will be asked for details about the field trip that you want to take part in, along with some details about your personal circumstances. The Global Experiences team will then check your details against the centrally-held University records and get back to you by email to confirm the level of award that you are able to receive. The team will aim to process your application as soon as possible, but please be aware that at busy periods the processing time may be up to two weeks.

    Students can apply for funding until 2 weeks before the start date of the field trip, but please be aware that it might not be possible to sign up for a trip at that point.

  • How will I receive the funding?

    The funding will be paid directly to the department responsible for the field trip. The funding will be decided based on the total fee due but any applicable deposit payments will need to be paid by the student before the funding would be paid.

  • What other support can I expect from the Global Experiences team?

    You will be given access to an online pre-departure training course to help you prepare for your international trip. You will also be invited along to sessions about cultural awareness and employability skills so you can make the most of your time overseas.

  • There aren't any field trips available to me at the moment. Are there any other opportunities to travel?

    The Global Experiences team runs a variety of short-term travel opportunities during the vacation periods. For more information about these trips visit the Vacation Programmes website. Travel grants are also available for students on these programmes.

  • Who do I contact with questions about the Global Travel Fund?

    For any questions about the Global Travel Fund please email or phone 01524 592035.

    For questions about the field trip that you are interested in, please contact the relevant department.

  • I work in a department and am interested in starting a trip for students. Is there anyone I can speak to for guidance?

    The Global Experiences team can help with trip design and delivery. If you would like to speak to someone email or phone 01524 592035.

Lancaster University Global Experiences

Welcome Centre, Bowland College, Lancaster University LA1 4YT


T: +44 (0)1524 592035