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.

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 who travel to study new models of care, patient safety and quality improvement.  Scholars will bring back evidence to improve patient care and health outcomes. The maximum funding each travel scholar can request is up to £3,000.


Available travel scholarships include:

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.

Benefits for you

Impact on policy and practice

Scholars report the positive impact they have on leading teams and improving patient care and health outcomes.

  • Support from the Foundation

    The Foundation are on-hand to support you throughout the scholarship process.
  • 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 patients and lead changes in policy and practice.

Benefits for employer

  • Improvement in patient and health outcomes
  • Retention of staff – scholars stay in healthcare
  • Positive impact on the team and beneficial for staff engagement
  • Recognition of employers commitment to professional development and succession planning

Travel Scholarship

The scholarship is a 12 month programme and will include:
  • A Welcome day
  • Funding for national and/or international travel
  • A high profile award ceremony at end of scholarship year

Key Dates

Applications are now closed.

Eligibility criteria

The programme is 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.

Application process

Nominator Form for Line Manager

Nominator Form for Chief Nurse

  1. Apply online
  2. Successful applications are selected for a panel based interview

Information for applying online:

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

  • Personal, employment and education information
  • A copy of your NMC registration documentation
  • 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 line manager support will not be accepted.

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