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Santander Academic Travel Awards


Santander supports both undergraduate and postgraduate Oxford students to travel to a foreign country for any academic activity which will enhance their current programme of study.

This may include, but is not limited to:

  • Study exchanges;
  • Research and field trips;
  • Conference speaking engagements;
  • Skills development courses;
  • Summer schools.

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.

 Award details


Flexible depending on project.

Proposed travel must take place between 1 October 2021 and 30 September 2022, funding will not cover any expenses incurred outside this time frame.

Value:Up to £1,250 per year
Number:A minimum of 50 awards are available across the 2021/22 academic year


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

Other information

Applicants should demonstrate in their supporting statement how the award would benefit them and how the activity they intend to undertake will make a difference to their studies.

The panel will seek to make awards across a range of subjects and activities.

Priority will be given to applicants who haven't received a travel award in the past, however previous awardees who were not able to travel due to COVID-19 will not be disadvantaged. 

How to apply

Applications for 2021/22 are now closed. Funding for 2022/23 has not yet been confirmed, a further update will be provided in due course.

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 for each application round.

My travel plans have been delayed due to COVID-19; is my award still valid?

Awards given in the 2020/21 academic year for travel in 2021 have had their validity extended until 31st December 2021.

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 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 I submit an application for travel that is inside the UK?

All travel must take place outside of the United Kingdom.

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.

How will I receive the award if I am successful?

Awards will be disbursed once all the relevant documents have been received. 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.