Fourteen projects were awarded funding by the Trustees of the Lord Rootes Memorial Fund in 2008. For group projects, the lead applicant only is listed:
- Sarah Batson: Scaling new heights: rock climbing in Thailand
- Fiona Cox: Feather-Headed Operations Presents You're a Good Man Charlie Brown: an Edinburgh Fringe Event
- Felix Faltin: The impact of Fairtrade programmes on coffee farmers in Peru: a short film experience
- Timothy Franklin: The Warwick Sketch Group - taking an original sketch show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival*
- Samuel Gayton: Clockheart Boy and the Beautiful Search
- Abigail Hunt: Gender and Human Rights - the Case of Mexico*
- Laura Kutnick: A Cultural Study of Death Penalty Discourse in Texas
- Svend Larsen: Discovering talent within the townships of Johannesburg, South Africa
- Elettra Legovini: Detained asylum seekers: insights on the norms and the practices within the walls of detention centres
- Benjamin Lim (Beng Tiong): An Alaskan Dog-Mushing Photographic Adventure
- Hien Nguyen Chi: Why are the traditional handicrafts villages disappearing in Vietnam?
- Merle Stein: Volunteering in educational, community aid and health programmes in Nepal
- Vicky Tuke: Japanese women as deru kugi: Why is the birth rate in Japan continuing to fall?
*These reports received additional awards of £200 - £500 for being of outstanding calibre, at the discretion of the Committee.