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Get Ahead – Get a £500 / $700 International Trade Scholarship

If you are considering starting or mid-way through a degree related to economics, politics, international trade or trade finance and interested in raising your profile, trade knowledge and gaining some experience in the international markets, then this £500 / $700 scholarship may be for you

Accelerate 2018 is now closed.

What’s in it for you?


Receive a £500 Scholarship Grant towards your academic studies


Boost your professional reputation as a recipient of the Scholarship


The opportunity to work with experts in fintech and commercial finance


Feedback and guidance from us, as well as the ability to learn about a growing industry

Trade Finance Global Accelerate Scholarship

The TFG Accelerate Scholarship offers successful applicants a grant of £500 / $700 to contribute towards academic studies in a certain number of disciplines related to international trade

The Scholarship also provides the chance of a 5 week Trade Finance e-learning programme, where students will gain access to our premium International Trade and Finance e-modules and a real experience of working in international trade. This will help improve their understanding of the complexities and structures of trade finance, and put them in good stead for a career in  the financial sector.

Further on in your career, our Accelerate Scholarships reward excellence and innovation, recognising the achievements of world-class international trade and shipping experts whose ideas and leadership are disrupting and innovating trade.


Summary of how it works:

  • Check the eligibility criteria (course studying, location and age)
  • Apply by submitting a literature review on a given topic
  • £500 / $700 in scholarship funding to contribute towards your studies

Deadline for Applications is midnight on the 31st May 2018.

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You can apply for a TFG Accelerate scholarship if you are over 18 and can demonstrate that you are in an eligible field.

The courses which are eligible for funding include:

  • International Trade
  • Finance
  • Politics
  • Economics
  • Maritime and Logistics
  • Shipping
  • International Relations
  • Business

Please note, you will need to demonstrate that one of the above subjects is a major or a minor constituent of your degree to be eligible.

More Eligibility

Minimum SAT/ACT and GPA: None
Residency Requirement(s): None
School Year: 2012 – 2019
Required college state: None
Required college or university: University only
Required race or heritage: None
Required student activities: such as clubs, professional or civic organizations or particular extracurricular activities: None
Any parental requirements, such as a union membership or active military or veteran: None
U.S. Citizenship: Not Required
Specific disabilities, if applicable: N/A
Religion or religious heritage: None
Sports or hobbies: None
Gender: Any
Marital status: Any

About the Scheme

The Accelerate Scholarship is organised by Trade Finance Global (TFG) and was initiated in 2018 to address the trade finance gap, due to a lack of suitably skilled and qualified specialists in the sector – in a challenging time of reduced global trade, a significant shortfall in skilled entrants in the shipping and marine space, and general confusion around the trade finance market. The scheme aims to help motivated students get ahead in their career by placing them in good stead with employers. 

Application Process

There is a two stage application process for the award. After the initial screening (to ensure you are an eligible applicant), TFG will ask applicants to write a report or article on a topic of their choice within the sector. It will be a review (literature review, short journal, or equivalent) on a subject matter that will be relevant for Accelerate TFG.

  1. Initial Screening Application (to assess participant eligibility)
  2. Invitation to Apply by submitting literature review / short journal
  3. TFG Panel will screen successful applicants
  4. Winner will be contacted and grant awarded
  5. Winner will be published on the TFG website

Applications are assessed on merit.

Meet our writers

Harry Ruffell, Durham University

Writing for Trade Finance Global has enabled me to deepen my knowledge of trade finance and the business world more generally. It has helped me develop as a writer and has enhanced my skills set.

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About Trade Finance Global

Trade Finance Global are leading publishers across a wide variety of sectors in global trade. We are pioneers in business funding and trade finance, offering a range of truly flexible debt finance options to suit all types of SMEs. We operate a super-fast process – from application to funding. Trade Finance Global clients have a dedicated point of contact at every step of their lending journey.

Why Trade Finance Global?

An Accelerate Scholarship from Trade Finance Global is certainly something to shout about. Being recognised in the international trade community as a recipient of this award is an excellent way of being recognised by future employees, and the learning gained from the programme will certainly put you in stead for a career in trade.

Application Process

  1. Initial Screening Application (to assess participant eligibility)
  2. Invitation to Apply by submitting literature review / short journal
  3. TFG Panel will screen successful applicants
  4. Winner will be contacted and grant awarded
  5. Winner will be published on the TFG website

NOTE: Our team review all submissions. Please note that we can’t make publishing guarantees.

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Terms and Conditions

Entry Rules

This competition is run by TFG Finance Limited (“Trade Finance Global”, “TFG”, “we” or “our”) and is open to all residents aged 18+ who submit an application to the TFG competition page. Doing so will give you the opportunity to win the prize as described on the scholarship page.

  1. Your participation in this competition is at your sole option and risk. No purchase is required to enter.
  2. By entering this competition you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  3. You may not participate if you are a TFG employee, agent or employee or agent of a TFG affiliate company, or a family relation of any such employee or agent.
  4. You may not enter this competition more than once and you are only eligible to win one (1) prize. We reserve the right to disqualify anyone ignoring this rule.
  5. The competition opens on April, 1st 2018 at Midday UK time. You must submit your entry by 23:59am UK time on 31st May 2018.
  6. Information submitted in this competition must not be abusive, offensive or defamatory. We will put through any relevant photo for voting but reserve the right to refuse irrelevant information as determined at TFG’s sole discretion.
  7. TFG cannot accept any responsibility for any technical failure or problem which may result in any entry being lost or not being properly registered.
  8. TFG will only cancel, suspend, or amend the competition if required to do so for legal, regulatory or security reasons.
  9. All valid entries will be assessed by a panel constituting TFG staff and an independent judge. The panel will award points for originality, inspiration and interest and a winner will be chosen on this basis. The decision of the panel will be final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding that decision.
  10. We reserve the right to substitute the prize for an appropriate alternative.
  11. The winner will be contacted by email by Midday UK time on 16th June 2018.
  12. The winner must confirm their acceptance of the prize by replying to our private Twitter message or email with their name, email address and telephone number.
  13. If the prize remains unclaimed after five (5) days, we reserve the right to select an alternative winner.
  14. The winner will receive their prize within thirty (30) days after claiming their prize.
  15. TFG will use the winner’s Twitter handle when announcing the winner and you agree that your name may be announced on TFG social media for publicity purposes.
  16. These terms and conditions are governed by the laws of England and Wales whose courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction.

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About the Author

Natasha Roston is Head of People and Growth at Trade Finance Global (TFG). 

She builds partnerships to create innovative trade finance education projects and experiences. A key advocate for TFG’s annual Women In Trade campaigns, Natasha wrote a piece on the impact of gender stereotypes for gender equality in the workplace in 2022. Natasha is also responsible for TFG careers, culture, and team growth. A Level 2 Qualified Coach and Mental Health First Aid Champion, she leads internal training, supporting the holistic wellbeing of the team.

Before joining TFG Natasha worked in education for over a decade. Initially as a classroom teacher, and then in academic and pastoral leadership roles. Following this, she worked in EdTech as a Learning Design Coach for Aula’s Higher Education platform.

Natasha holds an MA from Tel Aviv University, a History PGCE from The Institute of Education and a BA from the University of Nottingham. Currently, she is studying for her Level 3 Certificate in International Trade from the Institute of Export & International Trade. In addition to her work at TFG, Natasha volunteers for the Young Women’s Trust as a Work It Out – CV Volunteer. 


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