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.

I truly believe that the scholarship had a direct impact on my career and I have just been awarded my PhD. I do not believe that by this point in my career, without having undertaken the scholarship, embarking upon (let alone completing) a PhD would have been possible.

Emma Popjoy

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Travel scholarship overview

The Florence Nightingale Foundation provides funding to awarded scholars who travel and study new models of care, patient safety and improvement projects, and bring back evidence to improve the care of patients in their local community and the wider UK.

Specialist travel scholarships include:

Bupa Scholarships

for nurses and midwives working within Bupa in the UK.

Co-operation and Working Together Scholarships

or nurses and midwives, registered with either the NMC or the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland and who work in the CAWT Region of either the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland.

RCN Foundation Scholarships

for nurses and midwives wishing to demonstrate the role of clinical leadership in the management of long term conditions and who wish to travel and study new models of care, patient safety and improvement projects, and bring back evidence to improve the care of people with long term conditions in their local community and the wider UK.

Benefits for you

Be part of a 'life-changing' experience

Scholars report the “life changing” scholarship experience and its professional and personal impact. Scholars report feeling more confident to speak out and influence improvements in patient care and health outcomes.


  • Career development

    A significant number of scholars are promoted into more senior roles within 2 years of the scholarship.
  • Impact policy and practice

    Scholars report the positive impact they have on leading teams and improving patient care and health outcomes. In a recent survey, 82.5% of leaderships scholars identified that they made an impact to health and social care policy and practice.
  • Support from the Foundation

    The Foundation are on-hand to support you throughout the scholarship process. You will also have an experienced mentor and have access to your fellow scholars for support.
  • 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 work on evidence-based approaches and use and share their 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
  • Enabler of succession planning
  • Recognition of employers commitment to leadership development and succession planning


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Programme structure

The scholarship is a 12 month programme.
  • Welcome day
  • Funding for national and/or international travel
  • High profile award ceremony at end of scholarship year

Eligibility criteria

The programme is for nurses and midwives in the UK (registered with NMC) who are looking for leadership development.

Application process

  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
  • Interview based questions and answers
  • A copy of your NMC registration documentation
  • Details of your employer and finance department for 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 executive level support  and confirmation of 10% contribution will not be accepted


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