What is the Politrip Bursary?

At Politrip we are passionate about increasing opportunity for all no matter their background or economic situation as we believe that political campaigning and volunteering abroad should be open and available to everyone. The Politrip bursary fund has been established to widen access to the programme for those from a low-income background or who otherwise lack the means to self-fund their Politrip.

Successful applicants will be offered either a 10%, a 25% or 50% bursary in the form of the reduction of the price of their Politrip of choice. For each Politrip we will also offer 1 place on a full trip fee bursary, where the successful applicant will have their full trip fee paid for and we will also cover the cost of their flights.  To apply you must meet one or more of the criteria below and complete a separate application on why you’d be a good candidate for a Politrip bursary. 

What is the Bursary Criteria?

This list applies primarily to applicants from the UK only. If you are applying from outside the UK and meet similar criteria within your country, such as a Pell Grant in the USA, you can still apply. This is a means tested scheme and if you qualify for with the free waiver or full bursary you may be required to supply proof of any of the above.

Received EMA or Bursary

Received EMA ( NI, Scotland and Wales) or 16 to 19 bursary fund (England)

Benefits as Income

You or your household primary income is some form of benefit (universal credit, PIP, ESA, JSA etc.)

School Meals

You recieved free school meals during your education

Low Area Postcode

You currently live in, or grew up in (lived there when you were under 18 for at least 10 years), a postcode in the bottom 10% most deprived areas in the UK (there are separate statistics for England, Scotland, Wales and NI

Maintenance Grant

You received or are currently receiving a maintenance grant at university.

How to apply

Applications can be requested by emailing ‘hello@politrip.org’ with subject line ‘Applying for the Politrip Bursary’. You must still apply for your Politrip of choice through the website. Bursaries will be awarded in tranches dependent on the number of regular places granted. We are proud to announce that for 2022 and 2023 10% of all participants will be on a Politrip bursary.