Student Grant Program

Who we are?

Rome2rio is an online travel information website helping travellers get to any location in the world. Our vision is to be the world’s trusted companion for planning travel. On Rome2rio you will find travel and booking options, along with information about accommodation and things to do, in one convenient spot. 


Student Grant

In an effort to promote student research into the tourism industry, we are excited to launch our first ever Rome2rio Student Grant. With this grant, we aim to provide a platform where students can showcase their talents and ideas to the world. 


Research Topic

To apply for Rome2rio’s Student Grant Program, you will need to write a short essay, or create a video, or a website, or a slide presentation, or infographic in response to the following research topic:

The recent COVID-19 pandemic caught the travel industry by surprise with demand evaporating in a matter of weeks. How should the travel industry prepare for, survive, and recover from such an event?

 Please consider the following in your response:

  • Relevant data and metrics
  • Customer loyalty
  • Staff security and retention 
  • Social responsibility
  • Environmental impacts
  • Emerging trends

A panel of judges from Rome2rio will select the two (2) best submissions.  The 2 best submissions will be chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of response and alignment to the research topic and requested considerations (50%)
  • The originality and creativity demonstrated (50%)

Please read the terms and conditions before submitting your entry.



We will select two entries that best address the research topic to receive a USD $2,500 cash grant. 

Alongside this grant, the two successful participants will also have their entry published on showcasing their insights to millions of Rome2rio’s users globally.

We’ll also be sending out Rome2rio gift bags to the two winners and to other participants whose work caught our attention.


Who is eligible?

The Student Grant Program is open to students who are currently enrolled part-time or full-time in an undergraduate or postgraduate course at a tertiary education institution in the following countries: 

  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Germany, or
  • France.

We’ll be checking each participant’s eligibility with their university.

Current and former Rome2rio employees and contractors, and their immediate family members, are not eligible to participate in the Student Grant Program. This includes children, siblings, spouses, parents, and guardians.  


Entry Period

Submissions to the 2020-2021 Student Grant Program will be accepted from 9:00 am AEST on Monday 31 October 2020 until 5:00 pm AEST on Monday 31 May 2021. 


How to apply

Before submitting any information to us please read, understand and agree to these terms and conditions.

Instructions on how to send us your entry can be found at the end of the terms and conditions.