Fees and Funding

Delegations for Dialogue is a self-sustaining non-profit organisation and, at present, receives no external funding from governments or third-party organisations. As such, participation in any of our overseas programmes carries a programme fee which is used to cover the costs incurred. The programme fee is also used to fund a small number of financially assisted places for students from low-income backgrounds.

Your Programme Fees

Delegations for Dialogue is a UK-based Community Interest Company operating as a non-profit organisation. At this stage, we do not receive external funding and operate on a tight annual budget. Nevertheless, we strive to keep our programme fees as low and affordable as possible. As a duty of transparency, programme fees are used as follows: 


  • Your Travel Expenses (60%) to cover travel expenses within in the programme.
  • DFD Staff Expenses (15%) to cover DFD staff travel expenses
  • Financial Assistance Fund(15%) to cover- partially or fully - programme fees for students who qualify (see below for more details)
  • DFD Community Development budget (10%) to cover annual staff salaries, annual communication budget and specific campus events and talks. 

Programme Fee Breakdown

What Travel expenses are covered?

Generally the programme fee will not include:

  • Transportation from the delegate's country of residence
  • Visa fees
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Certain optional activities 
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Personal spending on souvenirs
  • Anything else not mentioned under included

The programme fee coverage can vary between programmes. 

Generally the programme fee will include:

  • All accommodation (in a 3/4 star hotel)
  • All domestic transportation
  • Three meals a day
  • All entrance tickets to tourist attractions
  • Daily bottled water
  • All study materials

Internal Financial AssISTANCE

Our Internal Financial Assistance budget acts to provide discretionary financial assistance for a small number of students to join our programmes. Assistance will come in the form of a partial or full fee reduction. Our budget is strictly reserved for students who need financial help to meet extra costs that cannot be met from any other sources of support. 

To qualify for financial assistance we require evidence that the your personal financial situation has been assessed by an official body such as the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), or your university/academic institution. Sufficient documentation will be required before we can consider you. Qualifying for assistance offers no guarantee that you will receive assistance. In exceptional circumstances we are able to offer partial financial rewards which are merit-based and conditional on select delegates contributing their skills, knowledge or time to future projects associated with Delegations for Dialogue. 


EXTernal financial assistance

We encourage applicants who are unable to afford our programme fees to seek external financial assistance .Access to External Financial Assistance generally depends on the applicant's university budget. Some nationalities can seek funding from country-specific funds. Delegations for Dialogue is unable to directly recommend applicants any particular organisations however we are able to provide the relevant documentation to assist with this process. We advise applicants to secure their funding as early as possible.  

Below are a few suggestions for prospective applicants:

External Assistance for US applicants: