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Belfast Healthy Cities

Our vision is that Belfast is recognised globally
as a healthy, equitable and sustainable city

Healthy Cities 21st Century

Explorer Bursary 2023 Open

Would you like the opportunity to travel to a WHO European Healthy City to learn more about your area of work?

One of the major benefits of being a member of WHO European Healthy Cities Network is the opportunity to learn how other cities address health and well-being in its widest sense.  It provides new insights, knowledge and best practice, which can then be applied to work in Belfast.

Belfast Healthy Cities is offering an annual bursary throughout Phase VII (2019-2026). The bursary will support a study visit to a Phase VII World Health Organization (WHO) European Healthy City, where the Explorer/s will learn from their chosen city.   

The successful applicant will clearly demonstrate the added value of the visit to their area of work.  Applicants should outline clearly what they hope to gain from the experience and how they will share information on the study visit.

The bursary is open to applicants living or working in Belfast from the community, voluntary, public and business sectors.  A supporting statement from your manager/employer must be included.

Previous Explorer Bursary city visits have included Stockholm, Copenhagen, Utrecht, Hannover, Barcelona, Glasgow and Oslo.  Study areas have included Food & Fuel Poverty, Alcohol & Drug Strategies, Dementia Friendly Communities, Child Friendly Planning and Disability Sports

The Explorer Bursary may be different from the opportunities your organisation usually considers, but it is an exciting chance to gain experience on your area of work within another European city.

We are holding an online information session, with previous successful Explorers to provide more detail and answer any questions you may have about the application process, the visit and reporting on Wednesday 19 April at 3.00pm.  Zoom link here.

Closing date for applications is Friday 19 May.

Further Information and Application Form:

2023 Explorer Criteria

2023 Explorer Application