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Travel Scholarships

Members of the Women’s Travel Club recognize that the world requires specific know-how and perseverance to meet today’s challenges. Every other year, we are pleased to award Travel Scholarships to women for whom travel is critical for their interests and professional goals. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Scholarship Committee elected to cancel the awards for 2020.  We  were pleased to be able to resume awarding Travel Scholarships in April of 2022.  The next awards will be made in April of 2024.



The club selects candidates on the basis of the compelling nature of their projects in all the arts and sciences. There are no restrictions with regard to the age of the applicant, citizenship, educational level, interest, destination, or nature of the project, but they must identify as women.


2018 Travel Scholars

Recent Travel Scholars have included a PhD candidate studying chimpanzee behavior, a ministerial candidate studying nude protests by rural Nigerian women, and an applicant studying homelessness in Vatican City.


There is no formal application material. Instead, no later than February 15, 2024, each applicant should submit or have submitted by email to WTC Scholarship Committee Chair Denise Bienfang

the following documents:

  • One-page proposal that includes a budget, and if it is larger than $7,000, additional funding proof.

  • One-page account of personal background and travel interest.  Exhibits may be included.

  • Two supporting letters, emailed directly by the authors to the Committee Chair.

During February, Scholarship Committee members will review applications and select a small number of finalists.  During March 2024, all finalists must appear in person for an interview with committee members.  Soon after these interviews, committee members will make their decision, and the two Travel Scholars selected will be notified.

Each Travel Scholar will be expected to meet with Women’s Travel Club members at the club’s meeting on May 22, 2024.  Also, each will be required to sign an agreement to give a brief presentation about her completed project at a WTC meeting to be scheduled in May of 2025.


Denise R. Bienfang, Chair, WTC Scholarship Committee,


All Women’s Travel Club records, including records of Travel Scholars, ultimately reside in the Archives of Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.


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