Elderhostel K. Patricia Cross Doctoral Research Grant

Elderhostel invites applications from doctoral candidates researching topics relevant to aging or later-life learning.

Sponsor: Elderhostel


This $5,000 grant is awarded annually to a student in various disciplines including, but not limited to, psychology, education, gerontology, cognitive studies, neuroscience, leisure studies, aging and social work.

About Road Scholar

Road Scholar is the program name of Elderhostel, Inc. Elderhostel, founded in 1975, is the world’s largest not-for-profit educational travel organization for older adults. The organization's mission is to provide educational opportunities through travel in order to encourage learning, the sharing of new ideas and community amongst older adults.



The selection committee requires an abstract and description of your current research, therefore, you must already be engaged in your dissertation research.  International graduate students welcome to apply.


How to Apply

Please be sure to have all application material submitted by midnight ET, including your:

  • CV/resume

  • 2-3 page abstract

  • at least one of your recommendations.

For further information, including requirements and the online application, please visit online.

Should you have any questions about the Exploritas K. Patricia Cross Doctoral Grant, please email or call (617) 457-5529.

The recipient will be determined by a selection committee consisting of professors, practitioners and other leaders in the field of lifelong learning.

Past Recipients


Emily Schoenhofen Sharp, a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California


Jill Harrison-Rexrode, a doctoral candidate at Virginia Tech


Anna MacKay, a doctoral candidate in her final year at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri


Molly Harrod, a doctoral candidate in her final year at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan