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Are you planning a Journey of a Lifetime?

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The Journey of a Lifetime Award, given by the Royal Geographical Society in partnership with BBC Radio 4, offers you the chance to make a 'journey of a lifetime' and to tell the world about it in a memorable piece of radio documentary-making.

The award offers a £5,000 grant for an original and inspiring journey anywhere in the world. The award recipient will receive training in radio broadcasting from the BBC and will record their experiences for a BBC Radio 4 documentary.

EC's very own Belinda Kirk has previously been a recipient of the award when she initiated and organised an expedition to the remote Chinese Taklamakan Desert looking for the elusive Bactrian camel. The expedition later became the focus of the hit Radio 4 show ‘Tales from the Back of Beyond’.


The 2017 Journey of a Lifetime Award recipient is Nicole Bennett-Fite, a Californian undergraduate student studying anthropology at Stanford University. For six weeks during May and June this year, Nicole travelled around the small Central Asian republic of Tajikistan and visited the remote Yagnob Valley, home to the last speakers of the Yagnobi language. Nicole recorded her journey for a BBC Radio 4 documentary that will be broadcast at 11am on Monday 23 October.

Find out more about the Award and how to apply at on the Royal Geographical Society website.