Outward Bound was founded in 1941 by the naval captain Laurence Holt, and the educationalist Kurt Hahn. At this time we provided training for young and inexperienced sailors who were drafted into the navy in World War II, helping them prepare for a tough life at sea, and showing them how to survive if they were shipwrecked. After the war it was felt that the courses offered by Outward Bound were valuable for society in general, and Outward Bound expanded rapidly around the world.
The Thesiger-Oman Fellowship offers two Fellowships of £8,000 annually for geographical research in the arid regions of the world. One fellowship will focus on physical aspects of arid environments and the second fellowship awarded will consider the human dimension of arid environments.
The fellowship funds a researcher with an outstanding research proposal, including periods of arid environment fieldwork. Research within the Middle East and other areas visited by Thesiger, will be given priority.