Expedition Grants

Travel Grants
ETC Reports

The Royal Geographical Society

The British Mountaineering Council



What do we fund?

The UCL Expeditions and Travel Committee provides funding to enable groups of students or individual students to undertake challenging exploration and travel to areas of the world which require unique skills of organisation and, in the case of group expeditions, teamwork. Grants are designed to broaden students' minds and not to support travel that would routinely be associated with their studies (e.g. dissertation research, medical electives). Exciting, challenging and adventurous expeditions and individual travel are strongly favoured.

UCL Expedition Grants are awarded annually to allow UCL students to undertake challenging team exploration and travel to areas of the world which require unique skills of organisation and teamwork.

UCL Travel Grants are smaller awards made to individuals who wish to undertake original and challenging independent travel. These grants are only awarded to individual UCL students. Travel must be for a well defined purpose and evidence of individual initiative should be demonstrated.

Eligibility criteria

  • applicants must be registered students of UCL on any programme of study leading to a degree or diploma.
  • research students who have transferred to Continuing Research Status (i.e. no longer paying tuition fees) are not eligible.
  • grants are not issued to expeditions led by or independent travel undertaken by final year students, graduate students studying a one year course or affiliate students.
  • grants will not be made for projects that are a routine part of an academic course - e.g. a medical elective or for dissertation / thesis research.
  • grants will not be offered to students participating in expeditions organised by others such as Operation Raleigh and Operation Wallacea.
  • grants will not be issued without a completed and signed risk assessment.
  • grants will not be made retrospectively for expeditions/travel which have already taken place.
  • applicants are expected to make some personal contribution to the costs of the expedition or travel.
  • successful applicants are required to submit an illustrated report including photographs of their expedition/travel including accounts to the Committee on their return.
  • successful applicants are required to make a presentation to the UCL community at an annual ETC evening seminar.

Application Procedure

A dedicated Moodle site is designed to facilitate the submission of Expedition and Travel Grant applications. Search for "Expedition" in the "Search courses" box. The enrolment key is "etc". The Moodle site includes guidance for application preparation including downloadable forms. All applications must be submitted through Moodle and must follow the guidance provided.

The deadline for applications for both Expedition and Travel Grants is 5 pm on Thursday 24 March 2016.


Any questions relating to the UCL Expedition and Travel Committee should be made to Dr Julian R. Thompson (UCL Geography), the ETC Chair.


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