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Oman Bursary Scheme 2023 Opens for Applications

Posted on: 20.01.23

Sail Training International is proud and privileged to announce that the Oman Bursary Scheme 2023 is open for applications…

The scheme is aimed at disadvantaged people aged between 15-25 years old – regardless of sailing experience, physical ability or nationality. It offers the chance for those who may not normally be able to embark on a sail training voyage, or take part in a Tall Ships event, to do so.

About the Bursary

In 2012, we had the pleasure of launching a bursary scheme in partnership with the Sultanate of Oman, following a successful trial of the scheme in 2011. It aims to foster international friendship and provide new and exciting opportunities for young people each year and it does this by helping them to experience a sail training voyage on a Tall Ship during a Sail Training International Tall Ships Race or Regatta.

To ensure that we continue to encourage people from all over the world to have the opportunity to sail, the bursary is limited to those who haven’t taken part in a Race or Regatta before and each successful applicant will be awarded a maximum of £500.

Taking part in The Tall Ships Races is a unique, life-changing experience. The purpose of the bursary is to allow people who are normally unable to go on a voyage, to be able to take part.

There is so much to learn onboard not just about sailing but about other cultures, about the ports you visit and about yourself.


Previous applicants have come from all walks of life and the bursary offers people from all over the world the chance to do something amazing. Their support letters often reveal personal challenges, health problems or physical challenges that trainees have overcome, and highlight their dedication and motivations.

Those who receive the Oman Bursary become part of a group, of different nationalities of people from all over the world in an exciting and brand new environment. Through their experiences they form friendships, build confidence and learn new skills and come back having had the adventure of a lifetime.

If your application is successful all we ask in return is that you organise your own travel to and from the vessel and enjoy the experience as much as possible. We’d also like you to complete a feedback form about your adventure and return it with four photographs from your voyage.

Sometimes you have to do the things that scares you the most. For example, I never climbed all the way up in the mast because I was too small and maybe a little bit scared… before I knew it I was helping the crew with the sails all the way up in the mast, and after that I never was scared again!

(Oman Bursary Recipient)

How to Apply

It’s easy to apply for the bursary, just follow the link below to complete the application. You can also find out more about this year’s events and our upcoming calendar over on our Sail On Board website event pages, here.

There is no deadline date, but the bursary scheme will close once all funds have been allocated.

If you would like to be considered as an Oman Bursary approved vessel email for more information.

We would like to extend our thanks to the Royal Navy of Oman whose generosity has once again made the fund possible. Having supported countless young people to have a Sail Training adventure through the annual Oman Bursary scheme which has provided over £450,000 in funding to date, their continued support means we are able to bring the transformative experience of Sail Training to young people around the world.

Apply Here