Our Scholarship Call
This call is aimed at budding researchers with aspirations towards towards the challenges of applied research. We offer a unique learning opportunity in a multidisciplinary research project on the isle of Gozo, Malta. Together with the University of Leuven, Expeditions offers full and partial scholarships for the 2024 Off the Beaten Track Summer Program. These bursaries are granted on a competitive basis, based on a research proposal.

The scholarship covers all, or part of, the program fee. Please note that transport is not included in the program fee, while boarding (housing & meals), tuition and all administrative costs are.

- Undergraduate and graduate students
- PhD students
- Anyone with a genuine interest in anthropology
- Previous participants of the project
- No age limits

Research proposal selection is NOT based on academic merit or complexity. We are looking for enthusiasm, dedication and creativity.
The call is open to all. In the past years, students who were not enrolled in an anthropology program have received scholarships for the project.

Submit Proposal
  • Send us 2 or more research concepts
  • 150-250 words per research concept.
  • Submission must be done through the online form that is linked at the end of this step by step walkthrough.
  • Use the form once per proposal, submit and reload the form to start a next proposal.
  • You will receive an automated email per submission.
  • The deadline for submissions (first stage) is January 5th, 2024 (GMT+1). Scholarship submissions after this exact time will be ignored.

The basic guidelines
  • There is a mandatory minimum of 2 proposals to be eligible. You are allowed to send in as many research proposals as you like. All submissions will compete equally.
  • Applicants are encouraged to be creative and think outside the box in the topic, approach, and methods. However, originality is not a requirement.
  • The research should be feasible within the context of the Off the Beaten Track three week program.
  • Browse through www.omertaa.org to find exemplary research papers of previous participants.

First you will need to submit a regular application in order to have your research proposals reviewed by our board.

When your regular application gets approved for participation, you will have the opportunity to register for the program.

If your regular application does not get approved, your scholarship submissions will still be valid: don’t worry, refusal of applications is often due to a lack of available slots while scholarship spots are reserved until the outcome of this process is decided.

If you are not registered before the scholarship outcome, we cannot guarantee that you can enlist in your preferred session. This will be dependent on session availability.

First review
After the proposal deadline, the scholarship review board will select 15 to 20 candidates to progress to the second stage where you will be asked to submit a more detailed research plan by February 27th. This announcement will be made on or before January 19th by email, informing you on whether you are selected for this next and final step.

This research plan, together with your application, will be presented to the review board as your final submission.

Second review
The final submissions will be ranked, and scholarships will be divided according to this ranking.

The two top ranked proposals will be granted a full scholarship, others may receive a partial scholarship. It is at the discretion of the review board to divide the scholarship fund.

Please understand that…
The number of students accepted in the program is limited. Scholarships will be granted only after the completion of the selection procedure, while registration is open to non-scholarship participants. In case you wish to join the project even if you do not receive a scholarship from us, we advise to register
through the regular application procedure as early as possible since non-scholarship slots are usually filled before the scholarship deadlines.

The final announcement on your scholarship grant will be made by email before the 7th of March.

Here's the form for submitting your research proposal.
Good luck!

2024 Selected proposals
Aaron McKay
fejn hu l-ilma: Where's the Water.
Alexandria Poppendorf
From Institutions to Cafes: The Case for the World Cafe Methodology in Higher Education
Alexia St Bernard
Temple and Church: An Ethnographic Exploration of Gozitan Culture and Sacred Spaces
Anna Horton
Health citizenship and vitality: An ethnography of community pharmacies in Gozo, Malta
Annalise Eisenstein
Folklore in Gozo: The Living Legacy of Fused Backgrounds
Charlie Kravatsky-Probus
Exploring Gender Dynamics: An Ethnographic Study of the "Don Bosco Club" and Gender Politics in the Gozo Diocese
Elena Horton
Climate Changes and Farming Changes in Gozo
Elizabeth Chen
A Kitchen on a Hill: How Community and Cuisine Preserver Culture in Gozo Malta
Emma Kaufmann LaDuc
From Widnet il-Baħar to Prickly Pear: The evolving foraging practices of Gozo under globalisation
Joseph Alan Edmundson
Maltese Property Rights - a Case Study of Malta’s Former Private Bus System & Contemporary Housing Market
Joyce Chen
Molding the future: pottery and craft in Gozo
Marco Boriglione
Sounds of Gozo
Nina Wilson
Identity, Kinship, and Belonging: how queer people navigate community in unlikely places
Noa Edman
Social Bonds and Research Dynamics: Unveiling the Impact of Interpersonal Relationships on Anthropological Fieldwork
Odeya Gilboa
Decoding Gozitan Women's Fashion: A Study of Agency and Identity
Rowan Glass
Mediterranean Waystation: Gozo as Contact Zone
Shawn McAdam
Malta's Witness to Time: An Exploration of Symbolism and Identity in Island Cemeteries
Solomiia Pavlovska
Exploring Multicultural Interactions in Tourism on the Isle of Gozo
Wagner Coutinho Alves
The Malta´s antiprohibitionism
Yuan Kong
The Malteseness with the National Pride – Stuffat tal-Fenek the Rabbit Stew
2023 Selected proposals
Abigail Tilston
Building Community in the Gozo Local Music Scene
Bethany Barnett
Disenchantment in Gozo: Ancient, Modern and Futuristic
Catherine Kwalton
Mobilities of Workers, Food, Consumption
Darci Johannessen
Craft continuance in refutation of modernization - Gozo Traditions and Craftsmanship
Evan Poole
Spirituality and religion as a foundation for health in Malta
Eugenia Esteva Vegas
Islandness in the Anthropocene: An Exploration of Ecological Belonging in Gozo (Malta)
Feiqian Xu
Yoga, Pilates: Diverse Body forming or reproducing in Gozo
Francesca Benna
The "Festa" in Gozo
Geetanjali Gurlhosur
The racial violence of food delivery in Gozo
Ila Schoop Rutten
Verse and Voice: An Ethnographic Exploration of Poetry and Identity in Malta
Jacob Michael Souch
Parks as Social Spaces: An Analysis of Public Spaces in Gozo
Jennifer Lancaster-Symington
Bethlehem in Gozo: Religious reproductions of the past
Judit Molnár
Awaiting L-Imnarja: preparations for an agricultural festival at the age of fast food
Kelly Liu
Asian Fusion: Their Impact on, Significance to, and Implications on Ethnic Authenticity
Mary-Jane Duncan
Porn And The Pope: A study of how catholicism and the digital age of porn has affected female sexuality in Gozo Malta
Miriam Charlotte de Hohenstein
Shoot for the Stars - Myths and Stories of the Milky Way
Olivia Schneider
Migrants’ access to health care on Gozo
Qurratulain Faheem
Me, my body and my world: Human body as an intermediary between self and the social world among Gozotians
Yuvia Rodriguez
Snapshot: Maltese interactions in a hyper-interactive world
Amy McGourty
Real ale at a real Maltese-English pub: a visual ethnography of coloniality and cosmopolitanism in the English pubs of Gozo
David Rypel
Having a Safe Trip: Performing Everyday Security as a Tourist on Gozo
James Bush
Question: Exploring sport coaches’ network in Gozo?
Jana Rajh Plohl
The perception of Opera as a Rivalry Sport in Gozo
2022 Selected proposals
Alexandra Maris
Diving, Caving and Hiking: Adventure Tourism in Gozo, Malta
Annagrazia Graduato
Mapping Malta: an exploratory and interactive research on the territory as seen by locals
Dana Frederick
Sexuality of Catholic-Raised Maltese Women
Emily Nothnagle
Musical Malta: The Heart of Ghanafest
Flavia Cardillo
Women's action and participation in local councils: stories, challenges, and trajectory
Francesca Strano
The meaning of homemade food: an anthropological exploration of the organization “Sacred Food” in Gozo
Glauco Piccione
Sheep farming in Xagħra as a practise which shape the social landscapes of the community identity
Indy Garrad
The liminal binding of water and people: Gozo, a cultural introspect
Jacob Callicott
To what extent are increased legal protections and improved legislative inclusivity improving the lived experience of young LGBTQIA Maltese
Jacob Souch
Insular Insights: Views of a Pandemic from a Small Island
The Inter-Influence of the Human-Bee Relationships in an Urban Environment
Marianna Sanfelicio
Cemeteries are also cities
Marie Kerguelen
Grandmothers in Gozo: the meaning of social reproduction in later life
Prisca Chow
Milk Tea And Globalization
Shanya Olivares Perez
Overdeveloping Gozo: Cultural Impact of Development in Gozo
Tanvi Shah
The Murals, its Messages and the Meaning they hold to the youth of Malta: A Visual Ethnography
Verity Limond
More to explore’: Walking for politics and leisure in Malta
2021 Selected proposals
Alexander Calloway
Sailing, not Drifting: Gozitan Perceptions of Boats and Movement
Andrew Erskine-Kellie
Holy Island: Contemporary Spirituality on the Island of Gozo
Caspar Milne
Drinking habits within Maltese culture
Ghuilherme Laus
Islanders dances: performances at Gozo, Malta
Hanadi Sonouper
Salt Water and Vinegar. Story telling through food -Gozo and Malta’s cultural gastronomy
Indira Toussaint
Does This Dress Make Me Look Maltese? How Maltese women use fashion to construct an identity
Jacob Souch
Gozo-Malta tunnel: Ethnographic Views of Connections in the Built Environment
Jess Caines
Lockdown Parenting: Gender and Parenthood during COVID-19
Jone Emilija Juchneviciute
Sense of dwelling
Keily Tammaru
How do Gozitans predict weather on the sea according to the signs they see in nature?
Kui Kui Wong
Finding connection in a COVID-19 world
Kyra Lenting
Sea-ing the land through the lens of divers
Olive Walker
What it means to identify as Gozitan
Sohel Islam
Being Muslim and Maltese
Taillte Cooney Newton
The ritual of Kafe Msajjar and café culture in Maltese society
Teya Hisel
Lack of Homelessness in Gozo: Are There Really Homes For All?
2020 Selected proposals
Alena Clark
Fountains of history
Alisa Draskovic
Views of the muxrabija (il-kixxiefa/il-ġlusija):
windows into the lives of women on Gozo
Anna Seecharan
Does commensality aid anthropology?
Anya Duxbury
Did grape grape grape grandmother know best?
Brooke McConnell
First Responders In Gozo, Malta
Caitlin Thompson
Gozo, Bozos, and Beauties: Dating and Courtship on the Island of Gozo
Erik Lyons
Euro 2020: Maltese Football Fandom as much more than Football Fandom
Gaia Tan
Fantasy and Cynicism: A phenomenology of perspective
Hannah Chisholm
The (changing?) Social Locus of the Elderly in Gozo, and the Implications.
Iman Afify
The Autoethnography of an Egyptian in Malta
Jamie Jennings
Abortion Illegality in Malta: a Holistic Approach
Jessica Ding
Aging Well in a Fast-Aging Community
Lin Zhuang
Social Media and Hate Speech in Malta
Medeina Usinavičiūtė
Cooking up the pasts:
sensory-led multigenerational dive into collective memory
Megha Majumder
Adult to Elder: Evolving Conceptions of the Ageing Self in the Gozitan Cultural Context
Mohamed Aizuddin Anuar
Walks of life: Vignettes of rural livelihoods through walks in Gozo
Niamh Formosa
The Gastronomy of Gozo: The Role of Food in Gozitan Daily Life.
Panni Tankó
Low crime culture
Rachael Osgood
Shall we Laugh in the Face of Death?
Sophie Post
Can I be something else than a princess, she said. Stereotypical roles of girls and women in children’s books
Yelyzaveta Monastyrova
Giving and taking: inside a charity shop