Santander Academic Travel Awards | University of Oxford
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Santander Academic Travel Awards


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.

 Award details


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


Nationality:All nationalities
Fee status:All fee statuses
Level of study:Postgraduate
Year of study:All years
Subject:All subjects
College:All colleges

Other information

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

Students can only receive one award per year.

  1. Applications are currently open for travel between 1 April 2017 and 31 December 2017. Applications should be submitted to Student Fees and Funding by 12 noon on Friday 3 February 2017 (Week 3 of Hilary Term).
  2. Online application: Please complete the online application form and upload all supporting documentation (PDF only, see full details of application process in section below). Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.
  3. Results will be released in April 2017 (students who have applied for more than one scheme will be notified of these separately).

Application documents

Please note that you will not be able to save and return to the online application later, and it is therefore recommended that you have below information ready when starting the application process.

As part of the online application you will be asked to submit the following supporting information:

  • Personal statement on your current research, proposed travel abroad and explanation outlining how the period abroad would be relevant to your future career plans (500 words)
  • Name and contact details of one referee. Your referee will be contacted automatically by email and asked to submit a reference as soon as you submit your application. Therefore please ensure you seek their approval to be nominated as a referee in advance. It is your responsibility to ensure that your referee submits their reference by the deadline.
  • Budget breakdown showing the proposed costs for the period abroad, including any travel and maintenance costs
  • CV including a list of publications (if any), prizes, and academic history (full details of school and university education), along with a statement of your extra-curricular activities and interests

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. Students applying to more than one study abroad scheme will be notified of the outcome of their application to each scheme separately.