Santander Travel Bursaries 2018/19

 

Funding available for Keele students and staff wanting to travel overseas

Through Keele’s partnership with Santander Universities, now in its 10th year, we are able to offer travel bursaries to support overseas travel and overseas projects undertaken by Keele students and academic staff.

Application process

Please complete the Santander Travel Bursary Application Form found here.  Applications can be made to receive an award of up to a maximum of £1,000.

You will be asked to provide a statement to indicate the reasons why you are applying for the bursary. Your statement should be no more than 500 words, should be well-written and thoroughly thought out. It should include the following:

· A clear description of the expectations and objectives of your trip or the research area to be explored.
· Nature of the visit and expected outcomes
· The benefits you will gain as an individual – this could include life experience, contribution to society, career development, overseas work experience etc
· Whether this is to build a new link or strengthen an existing one
· Alignment with Faculty research strategy (for staff)
· A breakdown of how you will spend the funds
· Any personal circumstances that are relevant to the application

Applications must meet the following criteria:
· Travel must take place before October 2019.

Applications should also meet at least one of the following criteria:
· Travel to undertake volunteering work
· Travel to Latin America or Spanish-speaking country
· Travel to Santander Partner Country (information can be found at http://www.santander.com/csgs/Satellite/CFWCSancomQP01/en_GB/Corporate/Sustainability/Santander-Universities-/Santander-committed-to-Higher-Education.html)
· Travel to develop new networks of projects with overseas partners
· Travel to participate in an organised expedition

Applications for the following will not be considered:
· Nursing/Medical Electives
· Language Schools
· Study Abroad Programmes
· Trips that you are expected to complete as part of your study module
· Summer Camps
· Conferences
· Holidays

A minimum of half the award will be reserved for student projects.

Further information

When completing your application please give consideration to the International Strategy which can be found here. In particular aims 2 (Developing Key University Partnerships) and 3 (Delivering World-Leading Research) should be considered.

Applications to support international conference attendance are eligible for consideration provided the following conditions are met:
1) the applicant will actually be presenting research or research-based innovation at the main conference
2) the applicant can demonstrate that wider networking and or partnership-building opportunities will be available and that they are being actively pursued in advance of attendance
3) attendance will contribute positively to the international strategy of either a) the faculty, b) the school or c) the research cluster that is sponsoring attendance

 

Successful applicants

You will be required to write a short report on the use of funds and the benefits you received from the travel/project, and may also be invited to participate in a celebration event to mark the success of Keele’s partnership with Santander Universities.

Please note – we need to remind applicants that the Santander schemes attract high levels of interest: consequently this is a competitive process where applications will be measured in articulating response to criteria above. The final outcomes will be determined by a panel of senior academics.

The closing date for applications is 28th February 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by 22nd March 2019.

Any queries should be sent to h.reidy@keele.ac.uk.


Frequently Asked Questions

I am planning on travelling after this September, can I still apply?
Applications should only be made for travel that is taking place during the year specified in the guidance. If your travel falls after this time you should apply to a future funding opportunity.

I have previously received a Santander Travel/Research bursary, can I apply again?
The scheme is open to applicants who have previously been successful, but the following information should be noted:

  • We need to remind all applicants that this scheme attracts high levels of interest and not all applications will be successful.
  • If you are making a further application following a successful application you need to demonstrate that there is added value to a 2nd trip and that it is not a repeat of the 1st trip. We try to aid as many students as possible to have the opportunity to travel, so we would want to avoid funding repeat trips at the expense of other students missing out on opportunities to travel.

My travel dates aren’t until next year, can I still apply?
Applications should only be made for travel that is taking place during the year specified in the guidance. If your travel falls after this time you should apply to a future funding opportunity.

I am expected to complete an elective or field work as part of my course, can I apply for funding to support this?
Unfortunately, we are unable to use Santander funds to support these trips. Your school may know of other bursaries or funding that is available to you.

I want to attend a conference, can I apply?
Applications to support international conference attendance are eligible for consideration provided the following conditions are met:
1) the applicant will actually be presenting research or research-based innovation at the main conference
2) the applicant can demonstrate that wider networking and or partnership-building opportunities will be available, and that they are being actively pursued in advance of attendance
3) attendance will contribute positively to the international strategy of either a) the faculty, b) the school or c) the research cluster that is sponsoring attendance

I am planning a trip and want to use some of the fund as a donation/fee for a charity, I am able to do this?
The funding does not cover specific charity fees or donations. If these are required the funding for these should be sourced elsewhere.

What is an organised expedition?
The expedition must have clear aims and objectives, these could include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Hike/walk/climb to raise money for charity
  • Organised trips to take part in restoration/building activities

What types of applications have been successful in the past?
Previous successful applications have included the following:

  • Volunteer work including
    • Coaching children in athletics in South America
    • Developing resources in villages affected by deforestation, South America
    • Medical volunteering including in areas with limited access to healthcare
    • Teaching in rural Thailand
    • Teaching English in areas where children have limited access to education
  • Hike to raise money for Keele/local charities
  • Research expeditions to protect marine biodiversity, wildlife conservation
  • Conference attendance to present research data

What types of applications have been unsuccessful in the past?

  • Activity trips with no volunteering or fundraising activities
  • Electives/Field trips that are expected as part of your course
  • Exercise courses
  • Learning a new language or practising language skills
  • Sight-seeing trips
  • Training courses for extracurricular qualifications
  • Trips to gain awards

I have applied for a Research Scholarship, can I also apply for a travel bursary?
Travel funds should be included in your research scholarship application, a separate application should not be made.

I have already made my trip can I apply for funds retrospectively?
No, applications should be for future trips only.

Are there any other avenues of funding available?
The SU and KPA both have funding schemes that can be applied to. There may also be funds available through your School/Faculty, please speak to your local administrator for more information.