Enderby Trust Scholarships are Open


Enderby Trust invites applications for 2017/2018 Enderby Scholarships.

Enderby Scholarships allow recipients to experience the Southern and Pacific Ocean in the same spirit of exploration and discovery as the vessels of
Enderby & Co.

Open to applicants aged 18 – 30 years, who would otherwise be unable to travel to the Southern and Pacific Ocean.

Expeditioners explore the Subantarctic Islands with Heritage Expeditions

Enderby Scholarship Background

Starting in 1830 the London based Enderby & Co outfitted vessels for commercial voyages of discovery, captains were expected to go above and beyond their normal duties in the services of discover & exploration. A series of remarkable voyages began with the 1830 departure of the Tula and the Lively, on this voyage Captain John Biscoe discovered land at 67ºS and named it Enderby Land. In 1838 John Balleny, sailing to the Southern Ocean on the Eliza Scott accompanied by the Sabrina discovered the Balleny Islands and Sabrina Land. A stalwart of Enderby & Co, Charles Enderby, was a founding member of the Royal Geographical Society and in 1841 he was admitted to the Royal Society of London for his “promotion of geographical discovery in the Antarctic regions”.

Enderby Trust works in conjunction with New Zealand’s premier expedition travel company, Heritage Expeditions, to offer scholarship positions aboard expeditions to the Subantarctic Islands and Antarctica aboard the Spirit of Enderby. Refer to www.heritage-expeditions.com for vessel and expedition itinerary information.

Enderby Trust was founded by the Russ Family knowing the opportunities for young people to visit these regions are limited but believing it is vitally important that young people experience this amazing region. The Trustee’s hope scholarship participants will share their experiences and enthusiasm with other people and grow the awareness of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica. Each expedition is accompanied by a team of naturalists and biologists to enhance the learning possibilities.

Finally, an important message from the Trust:
In 1972 I was appointed as a cadet on an International Scientific Expedition to the Auckland Islands. I was 18 years of age. The experience changed my life in ways I could never imagine. I have devoted my life to sharing this region with travellers. I have attempted to give back through the Enderby Trust Scholarship program a little bit of what the Sub Antarctic and Antarctica has given me and my family. In March 2018 I will pass the responsibility of operating Heritage Expeditions to my two sons, and I will pursue another long held dream. This means that the 2017/2018 austral summer season will be the last season that I will personally be offering Enderby Trust Scholarships in association with Heritage Expeditions.
Thank you to all those who have applied over the years, I am sorry that I could not take you all, to those that were lucky enough to travel, remember never give up on spreading the word of just how important these islands and Antarctica are not only to us personally but to the well-being of our world.
Rodney Russ
Trustee - Enderby Trust.

Expedition Ship Spirit of Enderby explores Antarctica

Application Process
In less than four hundred words you must persuade the trustees why you should receive a scholarship and how the experience will benefit both you and the region. The trustees encourage creativity & passion, so let this shine through in your application. Applications can be submitted in the medium that best suits you!

Applications should include:

1)    Full name and Date of Birth (proof of age may be required)
2)    Address including daytime and after hours telephone numbers
3)    Scholarship applied for (Name and Departure Date)
4)    Submission expressing interest within the Southern Ocean (see above).
5)    Where you heard about the Enderby Trust Scholarship
6)    Name and address of one referee
7)    Declaration that you have sufficient funds to pay the contribution required.

Individual applications may include more than one expedition, please preference the order of your interest.

Submit applications to:
The Trustees
Enderby Trust
P.O. Box 7218,
Christchurch 8240
Email: enderby@hotmail.com

Applicant Requirements
Successful applicants for the scholarships are expected to make a contribution to the expedition cost. This equates to 30% of the advertised cost of the expedition, Enderby Trust contributes the remaining 70% plus applicable government landing fees. 

Successful applicants are required to submit a presentation in a mutually agreed style on a topic of their choice from their expedition experience within three months of their travel. Recipients are reminded that a goal of the trust is to encourage greater interest in and understanding of the Southern Ocean, its landscapes, history and biological diversity. The submitted presentation should be in keeping with the aims and goals of the trust.

Closing date for applications:
Friday 13th October 2017

Enderby Trust is offering scholarships on the following expeditions this season with Heritage Expeditions.
Birding Down Under
13 November – 1 December 2017
Invercargill to Dunedin, New Zealand

Advertised price: US$10,500 pp.
Cost to successful applicant: US$3,150

Heritage Expeditions offers this annual Southern Ocean expedition to cater for those interested in birds and nature. Birding Down Under is arguably one of the greatest birding expeditions anywhere in the world and gives participants a unique opportunity to view numerous birds, in some cases including rare pelagic species and also endemic island species, it is the only Heritage Expeditions voyage that visits all of the Subantarctic Islands including the Chatham Islands. This expedition will forever change your appreciation of the Southern Ocean and its wildlife. (The Trustees will also pay the applicable landing fees of US$800 pp)

Forgotten Islands of the South Pacific

14 – 21 December 2017*
03 – 10 January 2018
Invercargill to Invercargill, New Zealand

Advertised price: US$4,300 pp.
Cost to successful applicant: US$1,290

The New Zealand islands that these voyages visit are among the most remarkable wildlife reserves in the Southern Ocean, they are remote, uninhabited and on no regular shipping route. Exploring the forgotten islands of The Snares, Auckland and Campbell Islands we share in the world of the albatross, penguins and myriad seabirds that call these waters theirs, and the islands home for breeding. Timed to coincide with megaherb flowering time these voyages provide opportunities to those with zoological, ornithological and botanical interests. (The Trustees will also pay the applicable landing fees of US$400 pp).

*Kayaking option not included – additional costs apply for the activity on this departure, please enquire.

In the Wake of Mawson
08 January – 06 February 2018
Invercargill to Christchurch, New Zealand

Advertised price: US$16,000 pp.
Cost to successful applicant: US$4,800

Heritage Expeditions follows in the footsteps of Sir Douglas Mawson, arguably the grandfather of Antarctic science with this voyage of discovery to East Antarctica.  Attracting those interested in nature and history, the journey south to Commonwealth Bay is broken at the four Subantarctic Islands of The Snares, Auckland, Macquarie and Campbell, each one is different and each one is unique. On our passage to the Antarctic continent our voyage is enriched by the wildlife we encounter and the historic sites we hope to see. Sea ice conditions are constantly changing and will determine our itinerary as we navigate along this remote and fascinating coastline towards the Balleny Islands, a very productive area for cetaceans. This expedition on Akademik Shokalskiy is truly a life changing experience. (The Trustees will also pay the applicable landing fees of US$880 pp)

In the Wake of Scott & Shackleton

10 January – 08 February 2018
Invercargill to Invercargill, New Zealand

Advertised price: US$22,300 pp.
Cost to successful applicant: US$6,690

Heritage Expeditions offer this voyage of discovery to the Ross Sea region of Antarctic every year which attracts those interested in nature and history. We break our journey to the ice at the Subantarctic Islands which are a part of the amazing and dynamic Southern Ocean ecosystem of which Antarctica is at the very heart. In the Ross Sea our passage passes icebergs, sea ice and glacial ice tongues, the journey is enriched by the wildlife we encounter and the historic sites we hope to see. This is one of the most remote and fascinating places in the world, a unique opportunity to experience nature on a scale so grand that there are no words to describe it, this expedition on Spirit of Enderby will leave you with lifelong memories. (The Trustees will also pay the applicable landing fees of US$880 pp)

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