Travel scholarship

A travel scholarship with the Florence Nightingale Foundation provides scholars with the opportunity to study best practice elsewhere in the UK and/or overseas to share learning across organisations.

My scholarship enabled me to become the lead nurse for our service and it set the wheels in motion for a change in practice and policy to enhance patient care. It also helped create international networks for sharing good practice and research and I was able to gain a highly competitive clinical academic fellowship.

Teofila (Tootie) Bueser

King's College London

Travel Scholarship overview

The Florence Nightingale Foundation provides funding to scholars to travel to study new models of care, patient safety and quality improvement and share best practice across.  Scholars will bring back evidence to improve patient care and health outcomes through shared learning across organisations. Up to £3,000 can be requested as part of the travel scholarship.


We are pleased to partner with the following sponsors to provide our prestigious travel scholarships:



RCN Foundation Travel Scholarship

This scholarship is available to nurses and midwives to study an aspect of nursing and midwifery practice and /or education in the UK or overseas.

Stephanie Thompson Memorial Trust

This scholarship is available to nurses and midwives to study an aspect of nursing and midwifery practice and /or education in the UK or overseas.

CRH Charitable Trust

This scholarship is available to nurses and midwives researching a Mental Health project.

Impact on policy and practice

Scholars report the positive impact they have on their leadership capability, improving patient care and health outcomes.

Other benefits

  • Support from the Foundation

    The Foundation are on-hand to support you throughout your personal scholarship journey.
  • Network with like-minded nurses and midwives

    Scholars are now part of a growing Alumni network (over 600) providing on-going support and in some cases, friends for life.
  • New knowledge through evidence-based approaches

    Like Florence, scholars will generate new knowledge to impact on patient outcomes and lead change in policy and practice.

Travel Scholarship

The scholarship is a 12 month programme and will include:
  • Welcome event
  • Funding for national and/or international travel to support the implementation of a Quality Improvement Project
  • A high profile award ceremony at the end of the scholarship year
  • Following successful completion of your scholarship, you will be eligible to join the alumni network

Key Dates

Scholarship Applications Open 1st Sept 2021

Applications close on the 20th October at 16:00 

Shortlisting will be completed by 8th November 2021

Interviews will take place between 22nd November – 10th December 2021 

Interviewees notified of the outcome no later than 24th January 2022

Successful applicants will begin their scholarship year in April 2022

Eligibility criteria

The scholarship is available for nurses and midwives in the UK (registered with NMC) who are looking to develop their career through travelling and studying new models of care, patient safety and improvement projects. We will also welcome applicants from outside the UK with an independent funding source.

Application process

**Download Senior Sponsor form**

Apply online here by October 20th


Information for applying online:

Upon application, you are required to upload the following information:

  • Personal, employment and education information
  • A copy of your NMC statement of entry document (can be located online)
  • Details of your employer’s authorisation for scholar to join the programme
  • Completed terms and conditions

Please note before application.

  • Applications that do not demonstrate commitment to the profession, improving patient and health outcomes, commitment to the Florence Nightingale Foundation Alumni will not be considered
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted
  • Applications without Senior Sponsor support will not be accepted.

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