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Offered by the King's Global Mobility Office

Broadening Horizons Award - Information and Eligibility Criteria

This funding opportunity, jointly launched with the Widening Participation Department in 2015/16, is aimed at increasing the number of widening participation students who can and do access the mobility opportunities available to them at King's.

Since its introduction, the Broadening Horizons Award has supported hundreds of students to complete term-time study and work placements, summer exchange and elective experiences all over the world. The award has three rounds which are open throughout the year depending on when you will complete your activity. Applicants must be home-fee-paying undergraduate students who meet at least one of the eligibility criteria and who are completing an eligible activity. You can find eligibility criteria below.

Details on the application for the 2023/2024 academic year will be advertised soon. The timeline for applications for the next academic year will be similar to that of 2022/2023.

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from home-fee-paying undergraduate students completing an eligible activity who:


What is an ‘eligible’ activity?

Students completing any of the following types of activities can apply for a Broadening Horizons Award, providing they also meet the eligibility criteria above to apply:

  • Term-time study abroad (including a Semester or Full Year abroad)
  • Term-time work placement abroad* (such as International Management or Modern Languages internships abroad)
  • Global Summer Exchange**
  • Other short-term activity abroad such as an elective, field trip, or internship

The activity does not have to form part of your King’s degree (such as a term-time activity). Students applying for a BHA for extracurricular and/or external activities (such as an elective or internship) must provide confirmation of acceptance on their programme.

*Students who apply for a BHA for paid work placements can still apply, but may be less likely to receive an award, or may receive a lower award.

**Students who apply for a BHA for a Global Summer Exchange, who have also applied for a Global Summer Award, may receive a lower award. Students will likely need to accept their Summer Exchange offer prior to receiving the outcome of their BHA application.

If you are unsure if your activity is eligible, please contact studyabroad@kcl.ac.uk.


Can I apply retrospectively?

Yes, we do accept retrospective applications. However, students will need to apply for the BHA as soon as possible after their activity. For example, if you are studying abroad in Semester 1 but didn’t apply in Round 1, you would need to apply in Round 2, applications received for Semester 1 activities in Round 3 will not be accepted.

How much will I receive?

We are not able to guarantee funding to all applicants. This means that even if you meet one or more of the criteria to apply for the award, you are not guaranteed to receive funding. Students usually receive awards in the region of £250 to £900. Award amounts are subject to change year on year and will depend on which and how many primary and secondary criteria you meet, level of financial need, destination, length of stay, and the overall number of applications received by the Global Mobility Office in each round. In some cases, we will take into account the quality of students’ qualitative responses.

We will also consider other mobility funding (such as Turing, Erasmus+ and other King’s mobility funding) that you receive, as well as any other departmental or external scholarships (such as Edith Baer’s for Modern Language students) that you will receive towards your activity. Students who are completing a paid work placement, for a semester, year, or a shorter period may also receive a lower award.


When will I receive an answer?

Applications are reviewed after each deadline and students can expect to hear back regarding the outcome of their application within six to eight weeks of the respective deadline. Following receiving an outcome, students may be required to provide additional documentation and evidence in order to confirm their award. We will then request the payment of the award to Student Funding. This should be done within one month but in busy periods may be longer.

Students should be aware that they are not guaranteed, and in fact are unlikely, to receive the funding prior to the start of their activity.

Alternative format

Students that require advice on or support with their application are advised to contact the Global Mobility Officer (Increasing Opportunities) via email at studyabroad@kcl.ac.uk.

How to apply

Details on the application for the 2022/2023 academic year can be found below. Details on the application for the 2023/2024 academic year will be available soon.

Please note that (with the exception of students applying for a BHA award to support a Global Summer Exchange), students should have a confirmed place on their chosen Study Abroad programme before applying to the Broadening Horizons Award. You may be required to show confirmation of your programme in order to receive any award.

If you do not participate in your activity for any reason, you will be required to return any funding you have received.

Broadening Horizons Award 2022/2023

The 2022/2023 Broadening Horizons Award is for international activities taking place between 1 September 2022 and 31 August 2023. As in previous years, there will be three application rounds that will open and close throughout the year. When you apply depends on when your activity will take place:

Upcoming Rounds:

Now Open - Round 3 for students who are:

  • Completing a Global Summer Exchange or;
  • Completing another activity, such as an elective, between 29/04/2023 and 31/08/2023

The application for Round 3 opens on Monday 19 December 2022 and closes at 11:59pm (UK time) on Sunday 2 April 2023. Students can apply HERE to Round 3 of the BHA. 

Closed -  Round 2 for students who are:

  • Completing a study or work placement for Semester 2;
  • Completing another activity, such as an elective, between 16/01/2023 and 28/04/2023

The application for Round 2 opens at 10am (UK time) on Monday 22 August 2022 and closes on 11:59pm (UK time) on Sunday 4 December 2022. If you missed this deadline, you may apply retrospectively in Round 3 for Semester 2 activities - applications submitted in Round 3 for Semester 1 and Full Year will not be accepted.

 Closed - Round 1 for students who are:

  • Completing a study or work placement for Semester 1 or the Full Academic Year or;
  • Completing another activity, such as an elective, between 01/09/2022 and 15/01/2023

The deadline for Round 1 applications is: 11:59pm (UK time) on Sunday 21 August 2022. If you missed this deadline, you may apply retrospectively in Round 2 - applications submitted in Round 3 for Semester 1 and Full Year will not be accepted.

A note on the application rounds:

Students should apply in the round that best fits their study abroad placement details. If you are studying abroad in over the summer, please wait until the appropriate round (Round 3) to apply. Any applications received in Round 2 for activities that are not for Semester 2, or are not retrospective applications for Semester 1/Full Year, will not be considered.

Students who completed a Global Summer Exchange in Summer 2022 may apply retrospectively for funding in Round 1 only.

If you are not sure when you should apply, please email studyabroad@kcl.ac.uk.

Global Summer Exchange Award

This award is intended only for the participants of the Global Summer Exchange programme. The idea is for students to share media (videography, music) from their time abroad, to promote further mobility. There is no additional eligibility criteria, however we particularly encourage applications from students from under-represented backgrounds who will be participating in the exchange.

How to apply:
The application will be linked onto this page between 31/03/2022 -20/04/2022. We will not accept late applications.

Students will submit a 'pitch' of their ideas of how they can contribute media while abroad. This could include, but is not limited to:

  • Videography
  • Photography
  • Blog post
  • Podcast
  • Music
  • Instagram Takeover (stories & grid)
  • Other [this must deemed appropriate for promotion by the Global Mobility Office]

For videography/photography, students will ideally to provide a portfolio (which could be something as simple as an Instagram/YouTube page) to indicate the standard they will be able to supply in return for the funds. For written work, students will need to provide an ideal theme that they'd like to talk about and this would be assessed in terms of how it would benefit further mobility.

Funds are likely to be in the region of GBP £300, but this is dependent on the location visited as well as the content delivered, and applications received.

The application can be accessed online here. For any issues relating to the application, or to require assistance to complete it, please contact the Global Mobility Office (studyabroad@kcl.ac.uk). 

Other funding opportunities

This is by no means an exhaustive list of study abroad funding opportunities, but can be used as a springboard for further research.

If you hear of funding opportunities available that we do not list below, please do let us know by emailing studyabroad@kcl.ac.uk.

King's College Travel Awards (Not available for 2022/23)

The Travel Awards are a set of four different funds established through gifts and donations to the College to help students undertake periods of placement, elective, study-related project, conference attendance, volunteer work or travel. Further information about the awards can be found through the Student Funding Office.

The Ann Dodgson Foundation

The Ann Dodgson Foundation encourages young people to spend an extended period of time in France or other French-speaking countries. Our grants have supported gap-year projects, undergraduates during their year abroad, postgraduates working and researching abroad as well as students attending the UN. Our most recent grant was to a university student spending her gap year in France. Teachers and other young professionals planning a stay in France are also encouraged to apply.

More information and how to apply can be found here.


British Spanish Society Scholarships

The BritishSpanish Society, an independent UK registered charity with over one hundred years of history, is delighted to announce the opening of its 13th Scholarships Programme, presenting a record ten scholarship awards, ranging from £5,000 to £6,000 each.

Our scholarships programme aims to support postgraduate projects by British and Spanish nationals in any subject discipline. Applications will be accepted for ongoing research as well as projects which are due to start next academic year, provided that they have been unconditionally accepted by a UK / Spanish Higher Education institution.

Deadline for applications: 30 April 2023

For more information, and to apply click here.

Daiwa Foundation Small Grants

The Daiwa Foundation Small Grants of £2,000-£7,000 are available to individuals, societies, associations and other bodies in the UK or Japan to promote and support interaction between the two countries. Daiwa Foundation Small Grants can cover all fields of activity, including educational and grassroots exchanges, research travel, the organisation of conferences, exhibitions, and other projects and events that fulfil this broad objective. New initiatives are especially encouraged.

To apply: Applicants should visit the Daiwa Foundation website for more details and to complete the online form.

Daiwa Scholarships in Japenese Studies

Daiwa Scholarships in Japanese Studies were established in April 2015 to fund postgraduate students of Japanese Studies on courses in either Japan or the UK. Applicants must be British citizens who are holders of a degree in Japanese Studies, defined as a course focussing primarily on the study of Japan and containing a substantial Japanese language component, and who are enrolled or enrolling in a Japanese Studies-related course in either Japan or the UK. 

To apply: Applicants should visit the Daiwa Foundation Scholarships website for more information and follow the instructions to complete the online form. 

DUO Singapore Exchange Award

The DUO Fellowship Fund aims to promote student exchanges between European and Asian member countries. The fund is awarded by the Singapore Government to students studying at, amongst others, the National University of Singapore (NUS). Each student will be awarded a maximum of 4,000 Euros.

To apply: Applicants should visit the DUO website to download an application form and obtain further details of the scholarship scheme.

Gilbert Murray Trust

The International Studies Committee of the Gilbert Murray Trust seeks to promote the study of the purposes and work of the United Nations with the help of travel scholarships, support for participation in UN-related short courses, conferences and summer schools, help for small personal research projects involving travel, supporting work with international organizations, and new initiatives in funding research which will at once benefit from and promote international collaboration.

For further details, see here

Japan Student Services Organisation

Japan Student Services Organisation (JASSO) offers scholarships for qualified international students studying at a Japanese university under a student exchange agreement on a short-term basis from 8 days to one year 


The applicant must satisfy following conditions:

  • Students must hold nationality of countries that have diplomatic relations with Japan. (Applicants from Taiwan and Palestine are acceptable.)

  • Students must not hold Japanese nationality 

Value: Monthly stipend: 80,000 JPY

To apply: The Japanese university will apply to JASSO on behalf of the eligible student according to their own criteria. Upon screening the application documents submitted by Japanese school, JASSO will decide the programs and the number of students and inform the Japanese university.

For further information, applicants are advised to speak with their confirmed Japanese study abroad university, and to see JASSO's Student Exchange Support Program.

Japanese Government Scholarship - Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University

This program is sponsored by the Japanese government and awards a full scholarship

including a round trip air fee, tuition, entrance fee, and monthly stipend for 2 years of MA program,

and 3 years for PhD in Japan.

Detailed information regarding this scholarship application process can be found on this website.

John Speak Language Trust

The John Speak Languages Scholarship can provide you with complementary funding to assist you to travel overseas to study a language. The trust has funded many scholarships to countries such as wide-reaching as Argentina, Spain, Italy, Japan, China, France, Germany and Burma to name but a few.


Successful applicants will benefit from an average award of £1,870 each. Scholarships last between three and twelve months and can be tailored to individual circumstances.

Am I eligible?

  •  Be natural born British citizens

  •  Be over 18 years old

  •  Have a basic knowledge of the language to be studied (at least GCSE or equivalent)

  • Reside in accommodation while abroad within the local community rather than with English speakers

  • Study at a recognised college or university

More information

For more information, please see here

Association of Commonwealth Universities Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship

A Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship is a unique opportunity to study for a two-years Master’s degree in low or middle-income country of the Commonwealth.

Aimed at students who are committed to creating change in their communities, the scholarships are a life-changing opportunity to experience a new country and culture, to broaden horizons, and to build a global network that will last a lifetime.

Through cultural exchange and academic collaboration, Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholars help bring about positive change and find solutions to the shared challenges we face – both in their home countries and those that host them. As an active part of the Commonwealth network, scholars will help shape its future.

More information on participating univerities and how to apply can be found here.

Student Finance Travel Grants

Student Finance England offer a travel grant, available to full time students who are studying or completing a placement abroad as part of their degree. It is a reimbursement scheme that is means tested and is predominantly aimed at supporting travel costs, most notably flights. The Gov.uk website gives information on how much is available and how to apply for a Student Finance Travel Grant. If you have any questions about this then you should contact Student Finance directly and indeed can request the relevant form by calling 0845 300 50 90

The other UK Student Finance companies also offer travel grants with different criteria:

  • Student Finance Wales - please click here for full details

  • Student Awards Agency Scotland - please click here for full details (pages 23 and 24)

  • Student Finance Northern Ireland - please click here for full details

Volunteer Forever Travel Scholarship

Since 2014, Volunteer Forever has been offering a $500 to $1000 travel scholarship to help participants defray the cost of studying, volunteering, interning, teaching, or working abroad.

The scholarship award can be used for anything related to your travel, including the program fee, airfare, travel insurance, or even spending money while you are travelling!


Funding databases

The below websites can be used to search for further study abroad funding. 

Postgraduate Funding

For postgraduate funding opportunities for overseas study and research (including the Global Research Grant), please see our Postgraduate Options page

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