Funding for Travel Abroad

Hugh Grigg in Dali, Yunnan, China on a bicycle in front of snow capped mountains

Undergraduate travel grants

Applications for travel grants are invited from undergraduate members of the College proposing to travel, especially during the Long Vacation.

Travel grants are allocated by the Tutors. They mostly draw on the College Endowment. Other College funds for specific purposes – the Tizard Fund for opportunity, for instance – can sometimes also be employed by the Tutors to support travel. Last year awards ranged from £100 to £400.  Most grants were in the lower half of this range. 

A grant is normally made only once to an individual during his or her undergraduate career. This is usually for travel in the Long Vacation, but the Tutors are also willing to entertain exceptional applications for academic-related travel during Christmas and Easter Vacations.

The Tutors will exercise their judgment and discretion, but are likely to prioritise travel that is for academic or intellectual purposes or which is likely to bring benefit to disadvantaged people, especially in the developing world. All interesting and worthwhile travel will, however, be considered. We also pay attention to the care and thoughtfulness with which an application has been prepared, and to its detail – especially its budgetary detail.  Joint applications are acceptable and quite frequently made. We usually receive rather more applications than we have funds for, so applicants are likely to compete with one another.

Academic travel in connection with your subject will be considered for a grant only if it is optional – i.e. not compulsory within your course. (Funding for compulsory travel within University courses is the responsibility of Faculties and Departments, not Colleges.) That it is optional must be explained in your application. Please note that we do not preclude optional additional travel that you are appending to compulsory travel in connection with your course. The sort of academic travel that we might fund includes, for instance, optional dissertation or project work.

In addition to our general travel fund, we have some more specific funds, as follows:

Martin Le Cornu Fund

There will be one or two substantial grants (£300-£600) made for travel in Developing Countries. Preference may be given to proposals which may bring some benefit to the people or environment of the countries concerned.

The Wing Yip China Travel Fund

One or two grants are available to support non-Chinese members of the College to travel to China. Applicants must complete an application form (available from the Tutorial Officer), including details of the budget for the proposed trip. The maximum grant available is £1800.

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Applications

Undergraduates should apply to the Senior Tutor, no later than the end of April. No application form is required for the College Travel Grant or the Martin Le Cornu Fund and applications should include details of plans, itinerary and estimated costs. The Tutors give considerable attention to the imagination and adventurousness of the travel and to the care and thoughtfulness with which an application has been prepared. These influence the amount of the grant made. Joint applications are accepted.

Applications should include details of plans, itinerary and estimated costs. The Tutors give particular attention to the imaginativeness and adventurousness of the planned travel and to the care and thoughtfulness with which an application has been prepared. These influence the amount of the grant made. Joint applications are accepted.

Successful applicants will be required to submit a report on their travels in the term after their return, and prizes will be awarded for the best reports; a joint report on shared travel will be accepted but the authorship of the report must be stated and any prize will be awarded only to the author(s). Reports from past years are available in the Library. The best reports include well-written text and often photos/images. Good reports sometimes feed effectively into portfolios in connection with job applications. The maximum word/picture limit is 2000 words and 10 pictures. There is no lower word limit but you should produce more than a dutiful minimum.

With the exception of applications to the Wing Yip Fund, there are no application forms. Applicants should write a detailed but to-the-point letter explaining and justifying their plans and including a budget. This should be sent to the Tutorial Office.

Please apply to the Tutorial Office for travel during the Christmas Vacation by the end of November, for travel during the Easter Vacation by the end of February, and for travel during the Long Vacation by the end of April. Applications cannot be considered after these dates.

Senior Tutor


Other College travel grants

Gladstone Memorial Trust

The Gladstone Memorial Trust offers six or more Travel Awards of up to £500 each for undergraduates in their first on second years.

Churchill College Chapel Society Trust 

Travel Grants for Summer 2017

The Chapel Trustees have a small fund to provide for the award of a  number of bursaries for undergraduates and postgraduate students of  Churchill College. The bursaries are to assist with the cost of some  specific travel, ideally having a religious connection. Awards will be made in the region of £200 and the Trustees will request a short account from travel bursary holders at a Chapel service during the Michaelmas Term 2017. In recent years awards have supported trips to the Kenya, the Holy Land, India, and an ordinand's training placement in Crete.

These bursaries are independent of College travel grants and it is perfectly acceptable to apply for both.

To apply for a bursary, write a single document of no more than 2 A4  pages giving details of the itinerary, purpose and approximate cost of  the travel. Send it as a PDF or Word attachment to the Chairman of the Trustees, Dr Martyn Johnson, to arrive no later than 8 May 2017. You can expect to hear the result of your application by 24 May 2017.

Applications

To apply for a bursary, write a single document of no more than 2 A4  pages giving details of the itinerary, purpose and approximate cost of  the travel. Email your application to the Chairman of the  Trustees — Dr Martyn Johnson.

The closing date for applications is 19  April 2016. You can expect to hear the result of your application by 2 May 2016.

Dr Martyn Johnson


Other University Travel Funds include:-

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You should also be aware of the existence of the Donald Robertson Travel Fund based in Trinity College, but open to undergraduates (other than final-year undergraduates) from any College. This Fund is intended to help you to take strenuous open-air holidays during the Long Vacation either in the UK or abroad, preferably among mountains. Application forms are available from the Great Gate Porter's Lodge, Trinity College; you should also ask your Tutor to send a supporting letter to the Secretary of the Trustees, The Donald Robertson Travel Fund, A1 New Court, Trinity College. The closing date varies each year, but is generally around the first Monday in May.

Travel Reports

Previous recipients of the College's travel grants talk about their experiences abroad.