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Application Tips

Below are some tips that may help you with your William Westerman Pathfinder Award application. If you have any questions on the application process, please contact the Development Office who will be able to help answer any additional questions you may have. 

  • Understand that this is not a means to an end for a free holiday.
  • Make sure your route reflects the places to need to visit for your project instead of making a plan to visit all the major cities and then wondering how you can tie it in to your project.
  • Demonstrate that you are going to be a positive ambassador for Balliol with alumni hosts
  • Make sure your project has a focus and is not too generic. For example, if you want to focus on sports, which sport or what specific aspect of sport? Be specific. The same is true for comedy and politics: many students have picked these topics for their projects, so make sure yours stands out.
  • Defend your project. Why is it important for you physically to go to your chosen area? Why shouldn’t you just stay in the UK and research it from here?
  • Be concise: stick to the strict 500-word limit.


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