Each year, Santander provides up to £35,000 in academic travel awards to enable postgraduates to travel to Santander Network countries for academic-related activities, such as collaborative work at other universities, fieldwork and study projects.
Santander is a leading global bank. Santander Universities is the focus of its corporate social responsibility activities and has channelled £500 million into sponsorship of academic, research and technological projects in support of higher education. The University of Oxford is one of the 1,000 academic institutions that collaborate with Santander.
Eligible Santander Network countries are: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and USA.
Flexible depending on project.
Proposed travel must take place between 1 April 2017 and 31 December 2017.
|Value:||Up to £1,000 per year|
|Number:||Around 30 awards annually|
|Fee status:||All fee statuses|
|Level of study:||Postgraduate|
|Year of study:||All years|
Awards will be distributed where the selection panel feels that it would make a substantial difference to a student’s studies. Priority will be given to: DPhil students conducting crucial research for their doctoral theses; MPhil and MSt / MSc students conducting research critical for completion of their degrees; and other study projects.
Typically the panel will not fund conference attendance, only applicants who are presenting papers will be considered. The panel looks favourably upon applications that involve collaboration with local institutions. The panel does not fund internships, travel for undergraduate, graduate-entry medic or postdoctoral students, or travel to support job searches.
How to apply
Applications for 2016/17 are now closed. Candidates will be contacted with the outcome of their application via email in early April
Frequently asked questions
What type of expenses can the Santander Academic Travel Awards cover?
Awards made can cover most travel related expenses such as accommodation, transport and visa costs.
Can I receive an award for travel I have already undertaken?
The panel cannot fund retrospective travel as the awards are primarily aimed at assisting those who would otherwise be unable to undertake a period of study or research abroad.
Can I apply for a Santander Academic Travel Award for travel I plan to undertake once I have submitted my thesis / completed my course?
Applications cannot be considered for students applying for travel taking place after their submission/completion date.
Can I apply for a Santander Academic Travel Award if I have previously received an award?
Students are able to apply for an award even if they have previously received a Santander Academic Travel Award through Oxford. However, you should note that we receive a high number of applications and the selection panel may therefore take past participation into account when considering applications.
Can I submit an application for travel that is not related to my course?
Applications will only be considered where a student is applying for the costs of course-related travel, where the time abroad would make a substantial difference to their studies.
Can my referee be external to Oxford?
A referee should be somebody in Oxford, for example your supervisor, who can comment on the relevance of the proposed study abroad to your course.
What should be included in my reference?
There are no specific requirements as to what should be written by a referee. However, they should include any information they consider relevant, for example how the travel will benefit your studies, why you would be a suitable candidate to receive an award, and any relevant academic achievements.
How will I be notified of the outcome of my application?
Candidates will be contacted with the outcome of their application via email in early April. Students applying to more than one study abroad scheme will be notified of the outcome of their application to each scheme separately.