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


Each year, Santander provides a number of travel awards to enable Oxford graduate students to travel to Santander Network countries for academic-related activities, such as collaborative work at other universities, fieldwork or study projects.

Santander Universities works to encourage the international exchange of students to facilitate knowledge transfer within the global university community. The University of Oxford is one of over 1,200 academic institutions that collaborate with Santander.

Current eligible Santander Network countries are: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Italy, 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 2019 and 31 December 2019, funding will not cover any expenses incurred outside this time frame.

Value:Up to £1,000 per year
Number:Usually around 35 awards per year


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

Applicants should demonstrate in their supporting statement how the award would make a substantial difference to their studies. Priority will be given to students conducting research crucial to the completion of their degrees.

Typically the panel will not fund conference attendance. Applicants who are presenting papers at conferences will be considered, but the panel will take into account whether a paper has already been accepted for presentation. 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

The application round for travel in 2019 has now closed.

Frequently asked questions

Can I apply for a Santander Academic Travel Award for travel outside of the specified dates?

Awards will only be made for travel within the specified dates of 1 April 2019 to 31 December 2019.

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. Long-term subsistence costs may not be covered if students are living in a country for several months where they would incur similar day-to-day living expenses while studying in Oxford.

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

How will I receive the award if I am successful?

Awards are usually disbursed in two instalments, 50% before travelling and 50% upon return. Full details of the terms and conditions will be sent to awardees in the award letter, and proof of expenditure must be provided to support the level of funding disbursed.   

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