10 Dec 2021

True Young Explorer Scholarships: New Opportunity

Carnley Harbour

We are excited to release a new True Young Explorer Scholarship opportunity for the 2021-22 Southern Ocean Season. Please note the release of the scholarships has been delayed due to the uncertainty created by COVID-19.

Are you aged 18-30 years? This is your chance to experience true expedition travel to the wildlife rich UNESCO World Heritage Sites of New Zealand's Subantarctic Islands, Fiordland and Chatham Islands

Every year Heritage Expeditions takes small groups of up to 50 intrepid travellers on voyages to some of the world’s most unique and remote islands, coasts and shorelines aboard our purpose-built expedition ships. Founded in 1985 by the Russ family in Christchurch, New Zealand, we are still proudly family-owned and operated contributing to conservation through experiential learning, providing funds for research and management, and our ongoing legacy of creating ‘ambassadors’ through our True Young Explorer Scholarships.

Securing Your Scholarship

At its core, True Young Explorer Scholarships provide a limited number of younger people (aged 18 – 30 years) each year with the opportunity to experience true expedition travel to Antarctica and Australia and New Zealand’s Subantarctic Islands at a fraction of what it would otherwise cost. In doing so, our aim is to create a league of ‘ambassadors’ inspired to help raise the profile and protect these precious areas, and the unique flora and fauna inhabiting them, for future generations.

To secure a spot, we are looking for individuals who are as passionate as we are about giving a voice to, and protecting, New Zealand and Australia’s Subantarctic Islands and Southern Ocean – some of our first expedition destinations and a vital part of our ongoing expedition itineraries. Whether you are studying science, an artist, in media, involved in community organisations, work in travel, are a teacher or … we want to know how you will share your experience travelling aboard our trusty expedition vessel Spirit of Enderby alongside likeminded passengers and an incredibly experienced expedition team of naturalists, biologists and historians on the trip of a lifetime.

Image: © T.Kraakman, Heritage Expeditions

A Few Questions to Start

If you can answer yes to the following questions, we want to hear from you.

•    Are you aged 18-30 years?
•    Can you contribute 30% of the advertised cost of the expedition?
•    Will you share your adventure within 3 months of returning?

The Next Steps

Tell us why you should receive a scholarship and how the experience will benefit both you and the Southern Ocean region (how you plan on sharing your adventure). Creativity and passion is encouraged and applications can be submitted in the medium that best suits you – just no more than 400 words or 5 minutes long.

Application checklist:

  •     Full name and Date of Birth (proof of age may be required)
  •     Address including daytime/after hours telephone numbers and email
  •     Expedition applied for (Name and Departure Date)
  •     Where you heard about the True Young Explorer Scholarships
  •     Your Scholarship submission (see above)
  •     Name and address of one referee
  •     Declaration that you have sufficient funds to pay the contribution required (funds are payable on  confirmation of the scholarship berth)


Send your application to:
True Young Explorer Scholarship
P.O. Box 7218,
Christchurch 8240
Email: true.young.explorer@gmail.com

Applications close:
Friday 7th January 2022 - but will be reviewed as received.

New scholarship opportunities on the following expedition this season is available, check out the full itinerary online with Heritage Expeditions by selecting the expedition name.


Galapagos of the Southern Ocean: Subantarctic Islands

23 January - 4 February 2022, Invercargill return, New Zealand. #SOE220123
Advertised price: US$8,950/NZ$12,785 pp.
Scholarship price: NZ$4,450 pp.

Long recognised for their rich biodiversity, the Subantarctic Islands lying to the south of New Zealand are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This Southern Ocean expedition will appeal to those who are interested in birds, nature, botany and history. A vast array of wildlife including albatross, penguins, petrels, prions and marine mammals can be seen. The flora is equally fascinating; the majority of it being endemic to these islands. Galapagos of the Southern Ocean explores the three main island groups of Auckland, Macquarie and Campbell Islands and allows participants to experience the astounding biodiversity and importance of these islands as a wildlife refuge. This expedition will forever change your appreciation of the Southern Ocean and its wildlife.

Download the brochures for these voyages at the link below.



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