Each year Butex awards a number of scholarships to undergraduate students studying abroad for a semester or a whole academic year, and students undertaking a summer school programme, overseas work/internship/traineeship placement of varying lengths of time.

Butex scholarships are based on a calendar year and not the academic year. Students that have a placement that will take place across two calendar years will be able to apply in each year, but please note individuals can only win a Butex scholarship once.

Students must be undergraduates and be affiliated with a Butex Full Member University to be eligible to apply. Please check all the application requirements below.

Applications for 2024 will be open from 16th May - 10th July 2024.

We are pleased to introduce the Sustainability Abroad Scholarship!

This scholarship combines two crucial aspects of education: sustainability and global experiences. At a time when travel is now more accessible than ever, this scholarship recognises the importance of promoting sustainable practices and environmental consciousness while fostering cultural understanding and international study experiences.

By supporting students who aspire to study abroad and focus on sustainability, this scholarship encourages a deepened understanding of global environmental challenges and the exchange of innovative ideas. It recognises that sustainability is a global concern and that addressing it requires diverse perspectives and cross-cultural collaboration.

This scholarship will encourage students to broaden their minds, immerse themselves in different cultures and learn about different approaches to sustainability and experiences, fostering a global network of passionate individuals dedicated to creating a sustainable future both at home and internationally. Ultimately, this scholarship will empower students to think about the repercussions of their actions and how they can contribute to making travel more sustainable and viable for the future.

The value of each scholarship is £500. This will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university, or confirmation of a placement already completed has been received.

BUTEX will also make a special award in honour of our late Treasurer, the Tony Emmerson Award. This scholarship will be awarded in the event of an American Studies student being successful in the competition. This award will also be for £500.

If you are not sure whether your home or host institution is BUTEX-affiliated, view our list of members.

Are you eligible?

The Scholarship is open to all undergraduate students who are affiliated to a Butex Full Member institution.

You may be affiliated as an incoming or an outgoing study abroad student.

If you are not sure whether either your home or your host institution are Butex-affiliated, please check our list of Butex members.

To be eligible to apply:

Provisions  of the Award

Applicants are not permitted to submit more than one entry. Also remember to check that your placement is eligible for this award.

By entering the Butex scholarship competition applicants agree to the Butex Manager contacting their Butex institution to confirm registration at the host institution. If awarded a scholarship you agree to provide a photograph of yourself together with a short statement about the benefits of studying/working abroad. Please note, this may be used by Butex for future publicity. 

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application as we appreciate the time and effort that goes into each application. The decision of the Butex selection committee is final and Butex will not enter into correspondence with unsuccessful applicants.

Apply Now

Choose from one of the 3 options below to apply for your scholarship. This round of applications is for placements that take place in 2024 only.

Applications are now open and will close on 10th July 2024.

Answer the following question and choose how you wish to communicate your answer from the three options below:

Share your thoughts on travel and sustainability and describe the measures you intend to/have taken to promote eco-friendly travel, align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and contribute to a cleaner environment to ensure your study abroad placement is/was as sustainable as possible.

Think outside the box! We are looking for originality and creativity.  

We want to hear about your commitment to eco-friendly practices during your study abroad experience. Do your research with regards to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and share specific measures you have already taken or plan to take to promote sustainable travel.

We want to share your experiences and knowledge with others to inspire a broader commitment to sustainable travel practices among your peers. Ultimately, demonstrate your dedication to a cleaner environment and making your study abroad placement as sustainable as possible.

Remember to be sincere and specific in your answers, providing real-life examples whenever possible.

A total maximum of 80 points will be awarded as described below in the marking criteria.

1. Demonstrating a clear understanding of the impact of travel on the environment, and how this relates to the country of your placement *
15 points

2. Demonstrating a clear knowledge and understanding regarding the UN Sustainable Development Goal’s, and relate this to the country of your placement *
15 points

3. Providing examples of specific measures you have taken to reduce your impact and promote sustainable travel
15 points

4. Ensuring your submission is engaging *
Up to 15 points

5. Originality *
Up to 15 points

6. Highlighting useful resources (e.g. Websites, Apps)
1 point per resource, maximum 5 points

Criteria 1, 2 & 3

  • Not clearly identified = 0 – 4 points
  • Somewhat clearly identified = 5 – 9 points
  • Clearly identified and explained = 10 – 15 points 

* Criteria 4

  • Not very engaging = 0 – 4 points
  • Somewhat engaging = 5 – 9 points
  • Extremely engaging = 10 – 15 points

* Criteria 5

  • Not original = 0 – 4 points
  • Somewhat original = 5 – 9 points
  • Very original = 10 – 14 points
  • Innovative = 15 points

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