The University Travel Scholarships include the Emily Sarah Montgomery Travel Scholarship, the Sir Thomas Dixon Travel Scholarship and the First Trust Travel Scholarship. These scholarships support students travelling to undertake a period of research or further education or to pursue cultural activities abroad and extend their educational experience.
The Emily Sarah Montgomery and Sir Thomas Dixon Travel Scholarships are open for application twice a year and the First Trust Travel Scholarship is available once annually.
Please note that, as a result of the travel restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been unable to open the University Travel Scholarships competition in 2020-21. Information on the 2021-22 competition will be posted here as it becomes available.
Emily Sarah Montgomery Travel Scholarship
These scholarships were instituted in 1961 under a bequest of Miss Emily Sarah Montgomery.
One or more travel scholarships are awarded annually to students registered on a postgraduate programme at Queen’s University Belfast for the purpose of travel outside Ireland in connection with a programme of research or further education.
The scholarships will be awarded by the Scholarships and Awards Group. The scholarships are tenable with any other award. The maximum value of an award from the fund is £400, depending on the destination of the recipient.
Students will not receive more than the maximum value of this award in total, although it may be spread over a number of trips.
Students who have received the maximum value of this award, in their current programme of study, will not be eligible for a further award.
Sir Thomas Dixon Travel Scholarship
These Scholarships were founded by Edith, Lady Dixon, DBE, in 1962 in memory of her husband Sir Thomas Dixon, Bart.
One or more travel scholarships may be awarded each year to undergraduate and postgraduate students of Queens University Belfast intending to pursue cultural activities abroad. This phrase is interpreted in the broader sense in recognition of the fact that cross-cultural activities broaden the horizons and facilitates personal development.
Travel must be outside all of the islands of Britain and Ireland.
The scholarships will be awarded by the Scholarships and Awards Group. The scholarships are tenable with any other award. The maximum value of an award from the fund is £600, depending on available funding.
Students who have received this award, in their current programme of study, will not be eligible for a further award.
First Trust Travel Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1982 through a donation by the Trustee Savings Bank of Northern Ireland to the Development Appeal. It was renamed the First Trust Travel Scholarship in recognition of the merger and name change from TSB to First Trust which took place in 1992.
One scholarship of up to £650 may be awarded annually for travel between April – October.
This award will be made to an exceptional undergraduate or postgraduate student of Queen’s University Belfast in recognition of their outstanding proposal for planned activities outside Britain/Ireland.
The travel must be in connection with a programme planned to extend the student’s educational experience.
Previous First Trust scholarship recipients will not be eligible for another First Trust award.
- These scholarships will be awarded by the Scholarships and Awards Group. The scholarships are tenable with any other travel scholarship or travel grant.
- Travel must be undertaken before graduation.
- The holders of these scholarships will be required to provide a report to the Scholarships and Awards Group on the activities engaged in during the tenure of the scholarship awarded.
- Provisional travel plans can be submitted. Once the award has been made the recipient must notify Academic Affairs of any change to their travel arrangements for the Chair’s consideration and approval.
- Payment of the Scholarship amount will be authorised on production of evidence that the travel booking has been made.
- Any proposed field trip that involves travel to a country that the FCO has deemed to be unsafe will need to be approved on a case by case basis by each School. It is recommended that students regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice for travel advice.
- All awards are subject to funding availability.