Become a GVI Trust Scholar

Join our International Scholarship Programme and expand your horizons.

The International Scholarship Programme

We help young people access International Education Experiences with the aim of creating more aware, informed and empowered global citizens.

The GVI Trust International Scholarship Programme identifies motivated, deserving and committed students and offers them assistance to access an international education opportunity. Scholarships are awarded to students who can demonstrate their passion and commitment to sustainable development, both in their studies and career plans. Students who are excluded from accessing international education opportunities due to financial hardships are given priority.

Our aim is to provide access to opportunities that motivate, empower and give students opportunities.

What is the International Scholarship Programme?

The International Scholarship Programme is an award of up to £2000 to an eligible youth to pursue an international education experience.

The aim of the International Scholarship Programme is to equip young people with field based, international education experiences to allow them to develop their soft skills while working towards achieving a recognised qualification. Each scholar is free to choose an organisation and project that they feel will help them develop their skills. The scholar should be able to motivate why accessing this opportunity will benefit their further education and/ or career.  In this way, the programme allows young people to become involved with organisations and projects that align to their motivations.

Projects that the scholars elect should meet certain criteria, including, but not limited to the following; are working with local partners on sustainable projects, are able to provide certification to attest to skills gained, can provide pre and post programme support and has a track record of working in global development.

The International Scholarship Programme must expose scholars to global issues while encouraging them to engage with these issues practically and theoretically.

Am I eligible for a scholarship?

If you are:

– Between the ages of 15-24
– Currently enrolled, or have an active application, at a learning institute (school, college, university etc.)
– Able to demonstrate that this opportunity will be beneficial for your studies/ planned studies and/ or employment
– Have a clear criminal record
– Are passionate about making a difference, to yourself and others, and to learn about global issues
– Willing to leave your comfort zone
– Are in need of financial assistance

Then you are eligible to apply for a scholarship with us!

Finding the perfect project for you

You are free to choose any project, from any organisation, that you feel is the perfect fit for you, but all projects must meet certain standards.

The project that you choose should be in line with your ambitions. You will need to motivate why the specific project that you have chosen will assist you as you move through your schooling and your career.

Please note that preference is given to projects that provide a formal qualification, internships and any projects that provide clear educational and/ or career benefits. We do not encourage you to apply for a short 2-week volunteer programme unless you are under 18 years old.

All projects that we send our scholars on must meet criteria in the following categories:

1. Health and Safety

2. Predeparture Support

3. Project Information

4. Post-Project Support

5. Legal Requirements

View Full Project Criteria 

There are governing organisations that have pre-approval for scholarship winners. If the project that you choose falls into one of the below categories, click on the link to download the requirements.

Global Vision International

Year Out Group

American Gap Association

Information for Schools and Groups

Group trips are an amazing opportunity for school or university students to embark on an International Education Experience together. These trips take classroom research and curriculum learnings and introduces these theories into real-life services.

The group trips that we offer are group-led projects that are run by GVI. The trips are balanced between achieving learning goals- which are determined in consultation with teachers, GVI staff and local partners- and impact-driven service outcomes.

If you represent a school and would like to find out how we can help a group of students, here’s what you need to know.

– All group trips are currently provided by GVI’s Service Learning department.
– A minimum of 10 students is needed to make up a group trip.
– Students will be expected to fundraise to contribute to their costs.
– The group’s chaperon, or another member of the school staff, will be required to fill in a group application form.
– Each student will be required to fill in an individual application once the group application has been approved.

Please contact us on for more information!


How does the application process work?

The application process is fairly simple but you will need to prepare information and think carefully about your motivation for applying.

We are looking for young people who are serious about finding an opportunity that will assist them in their studies and careers. This needs to be made clear in your application.

Please complete our online Application Form:

Start your application!

This scholarship is largely awarded on a motivational basis. That means that you need to show us why you are deserving and why you will be an excellent candidate. If you are only applying because you want to take a bit of time off or want to do something fun during your summer holiday, this programme is not for you.

Please also keep the following in mind before you apply for the International Scholarship Programme:

– The whole application process can take up to 3 months. Do not leave your application to the last minute! We accept applications on a rolling basis and it is up to you to keep timing in mind.

– You will not automatically be awarded the full £2000 scholarship, so do not count on this. We award funding on an individual basis and this depends on how much funding we have available. We will never award you with more than 85% of the total cost of your trip- you will be expected to cover the balance. Please carefully consider how you will fund the balance of your trip.

– You are not expected to apply to join a GVI project. All service providers can be accepted as long as they meet certain criteria. We are in the process of finalising a list of vetted project providers. If your provider is not on the list, you will be required to submit additional information. This is so that we can ensure your trip matches our criteria and standards.

– All else being equal, we will award the scholarship based on financial need.

Get the following information in order before you apply:

– Information about what trip you would like to go on- who is the service provider, what will you be doing, what qualifications will you earn, what are the costs involved. Please download and familiarise yourself with the project requirements and any additional information that you will need to gather.

– A rough estimate of additional costs, including flights, vaccinations, insurance and visa costs.

– Make sure you are available on the dates that you project is due to start.

Once you are ready to apply, this is what will happen: 

– Visit our application form and submit your application online.

– We will let you know whether you have been successful or not in round 1 within 2 weeks of you submitting your application.

– If you make it to the second round of our selection process, you will be required to submit your detailed motivation letter, reference letters as well as your current CV.

– Once we have all of your information, we will consider your full application. If you are accepted, we will communicate your success and how much funding will be made available. At this point, you are invited to sign our Terms and Conditions book your chosen trip.

What do we expect from our scholars?

Becoming a GVI Trust scholar will be a fun and rewarding experience, but it should be seen as a serious job with serious responsibilities. Whatever project you decide to join, we expect you to take the project work that you are engaged in seriously, with a huge dose of passion and positivity. You will be expected to act professionally and in accordance with cultural norms at all times, following instructions and guidance from field staff.

We expect you to:

– Learn, grow and develop your skills.

– Actively engage with field staff, project partners and the community you will be working in.

– Engage with the SDGs and become more aware of global issues.

– Take responsibility for all of your pre-departure requirements which include booking your trip, getting a visa, signing up for travel insurance and booking your own flights.

– Engage in reflection sessions with field staff while you are in the field.

– On completion of your trip, you will submit an essay outlining your experience- what you have learnt and how you have grown.

Applications for 2018 scholarships are now open!

If you are from the UK, USA or Australia and would like to apply for a scholarship, you can access the application form here.

“This has been a mind-opening experience that exposed me to other cultures, languages and ways of life. By experiencing day-to-day existence in an area of need like Ban Nam Khem I learnt to appreciate the gifts of this small community’s culture, as well as the benefits of providing support and care for children in need. As a volunteer, this experience provided me with a number of opportunities for additional professional benefits.  Teamwork, foreign language knowledge, and hard work also add polish to my skills and knowledge when applying for jobs in the future.”



Australian National Scholarship Program

12-week healthcare project in Phang Nga, Thailand

“I chose to do a scholarship with GVI because of the wide range of training that attached to the programme itself. This includes basic taxonomic for underwater research, compressor training, offsite expedition training and most importantly the Scuba training (Open & Advance Open Water Certification). This is also one way that I can expose and pass my knowledge of conservation to remote areas in the Yasawas through cross-sharing of information.This scholarship fully equipped me in terms of preparation for further studies and as well, trained me to be more vigilant on my career which is actually the environment conservation.”

Tomasi Tikoibua

National Scholar, Fiji Marine

“I learnt how to interact with different individuals with varying degrees of special needs; I also developed my communication skills by communicating across a language barrier. I also learnt leadership skills and how to be in control of many situations, which were difficult to be in. Teamwork was a major adjustment as before I went I didn’t realise how much we would need to rely on each other and we have created friendship bonds which will hopefully last a lifetime.”


UK National Scholarship Program

Tyne Met trip to Cape Town 

“You get the best staff and mentors one could ask for, you get the “postcard” background to every photo you take. You get to dive in the most pristine waters and see the delicate balance of a reef system first hand.
I’ve been inspired to save the oceans and given the practical tools to accomplish this. My mind has been opened up to a new perspective. As a Pacific Islander, I couldn’t see a better way to conserve what has fed our Pasifika for generations. I’ve only spent 4 weeks on the Island but it feels like 4 years with the knowledge and experience it’s given me.
Thank you GVI I could never repay you for what you’ve given me.”


National Scholar, Fiji Marine