Scholarships & Awards

The BEST Scholarships

The 2014 BEST Scholarships are now closed for applications. The 2015 BEST Scholarships will open for applications in December 2014.

The BEST (BUNAC Educational Scholarship Trust) scholarships offer financial assistance to eligible applicants who are looking to undertake postgraduate study in the USA or Canada. They are funded by the BEST Scholarship Trust which is an independent trust administered by BUNAC on behalf of the BEST trustees.

Candidates must:

  • Be UK passport holder.
  • Be currently, or have been engaged in full-time tertiary education at a university or college of higher education in the United Kingdom.
  • Have already applied for, but not yet started a post-graduate course in the US or Canada. The postgraduate qualification must be awarded by a US or Canadian institution
  • Not be permanent employees of BUNAC Travel Services Ltd.

At the judging stage, preference is given to those whose proposed study in North America is likely to do most to further transatlantic understanding and/or to those who are required to go to the US or Canada to do a specific course.

A number of scholarships are awarded each year from a fund of £50,000 allocated for the BEST Scholarships. Included in this, are the sums of £4,000 available as the Christopher J. Harbour Memorial Scholarship to a candidate looking to do sports-related studies and £2,000 as the John S. Ball Award to a candidate looking to pursue a teaching or geography-related career. The individual amounts awarded vary but a typical award is in the region of approximately £5,000 - £10,000.

The BEST Scholarships are top-up funds, not the prime source of funding and candidates should be actively looking to secure funding from other sources while in the process of applying to BEST. Candidates cannot already be engaged in their course of study in North America at the time of application although they should be looking to apply to courses in their chosen field.

Awarding of scholarships is at the sole discretion of the BEST interview panel. 

As well as completing the online application form, you are also required to provide two references. Once of these should be a personal reference and one should be an academic reference on the official reference forms:

Personal reference form
Academic reference form

The closing date for complete 2014 applications is 30th March 2014. We must receive both your application form and 2 references by this date. The 2015 BEST Scholarships will open for applications in December 2014.

The Howard Crew Awards

Introduced in honour of Howard Crew, General Secretary of the British Universities North America Club for 25 years, the Howard Crew Awards consist of the Howard Crew Scholarship and the Howard Crew Prizes and are awarded on a competitive basis. 

Howard Crew Scholarships

The Howard Crew Scholarships are for those wishing to apply to a BUNAC work exchange programme to North America. Our current Work America competition is being funded by the Howard Crew scholarships. 

Howard Crew Prizes

The Howard Crew Prize of up to £1,000 is awarded annually for the best, humorous and original accounts of a BUNAC programme experience. You can submit your account in any medium or combination of media that you like. Applications for the Prizes are now closed and will re-open on an annual basis.

For further information on the BEST Scholarships and the Howard Crew Awards and Scholarships please call the London BUNAC office on 033 3999 7516.

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