What are the scholarships?


Eight to ten Scholarships each worth £2,000 are offered annually.

You must use the award money to undertake research in a European country or countries other than your own. It is not intended to cover all your expenses – you must be prepared to supplement it. Money will be given out in two parts: one part in time to book travel and the other on acceptance of your report.

The Scholarships are open to British nationals, and those of any other European country. Applicants are required to have been in full-time education at some time during the 12 months preceding their application and should be aged 18 - 26 at the time they travel. Your application will be considered in the light of your age and experience.

When drawing up the list of candidates to be interviewed, and when deciding who should be awarded scholarships the selectors consider academic qualifications to be less important than enthusiasm and the ability to carry through an independent project in a foreign country.


A. Before you submit your application

  • Choose an aspect of modern European life which interests you.
  • Prepare a summary of an investigation, which you would undertake in at least one other country. You may use your own country for comparison but the costs of this part cannot be funded from the scholarship. You would normally be expected to visit another country or countries for between 6 weeks and 3 months. One of the countries could be outside Europe provided your project concerns the effect(s) of some modern European influences on that country.

B. If you are awarded a scholarship

  • Provide a written report within three months of your return from fieldwork.


  • The Use, Role and Future of the Swabian dialect (“schwäbisch”) in the German Federal State of Baden-Württemberg, with particular reference to the youth of that area.
  • Resistance and Collaboration in Occupied France- How do young French people view their country’s past?
  • An Exploration of European Cabaret Culture in the 21st Century
  • French café culture: A microcosm of society?
  • The Phenomenon of Derelict Homes within Contemporary Europe. Special Case of Northern Ireland and Ireland
  • A study on racial integration in Italy
  • A photographic documentation of Bosnia's war widows and their struggles with unemployment and poverty'
  • Autonomous social centres and the European ‘counter-culture’
  • Human Trafficking in Cyprus: attitudes and perceptions

Click on Comments from former scholars to read about the experiences of some former scholars.


Peter Kirk Scholarships are awarded for independent study projects. SCHOLARSHIPS CANNOT BE USED TO PAY FOR COURSE WORK WHICH IS REQUIRED AS PART OF AN ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION but applicants sometimes find it possible to undertake an independent project alongside studies abroad. Contact mail@kirkfund.org.uk if uncertain of your position.

Your attention is drawn to the IMPORTANT NOTE at the foot of How to apply.