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Apply to be a William Westerman Pathfinder

The first Pathfinders travelled to the USA in 1955 and since then the programme has expanded to allow Balliol students to travel to Canada and Asia.

Applications for the 2022 Westerman Pathfinders awards are now closed.

Eligibility and criteria

Find out when the William Westerman Pathfinder awards are made who is eligible to apply 

Application tips

Find out what helps to make a strong and comprehensive application by reading these tips

Travel tips

Find out from past Westerman Pathfinders some of their do's and don't's for travelling.

Why apply?

I was amazed at how naturally relationships could develop [with the hosts] which I could only describe as being real friendships. I shared some unforgettable times with them, and look forward to continue contact with many of them in the future.


Pathfinders has been fantastic for my Mandarin, but it's also done wonders for my independence and self-confidence, being out in a different continent for two months and mostly on my own and moving around frequently.


Pathfinders was an unforgettable experience: I fell in love with rich history and culture; I was welcomed into the homes of Old Members who made me feel like family.

Hannah Gliksten, 2014 William Westerman Pathfinder


Paul Moroz, 2014 William Westerman Pathfinder


Sara Dutta, 2014 William Westerman Pathfinder

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