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Santander Universities Travel Award

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Information for student applications

The University of Salford in partnership with Santander has funding to support students wishing to undertake an international or UK visit or project. Travel should improve either your education, employability or entrepreneurship. Applications are accepted from all current University of Salford students (including final year undergraduate students, postgraduate students and international students).

We are particularly interested (although not exclusively), in students or groups of students who have encountered barriers to study before and during their study at the University and can demonstrate how this will benefit themselves and the University.

The programme offers awards of £500, £1,000 & £5,000.

What can be funded?

Funding can be used for travel (economy only), accommodation, subsistence and other necessary costs for an overseas visit. There is no set format for your visit/project and examples of activity that could be funded include:

  • Study visits to linked to your field of study or research
  • International placements, internships, opportunities that is linked to your field of study or research or to your career ambitions
  • Enterprising activities, linked to your business aspiration

All Santander Award recipients are required to participate fully in the University's donor engagement activity as and when requested to do so. This includes, but is not limited to, providing reports or updates (including photos if appropriate) on the project or work undertaken when requested by a member of University staff, which may then be included in University communications as appropriate. Attending donor thank you events (usually one or two a year) when requested by University staff; allowing details such as your name, course, project and expected year of graduation to be included in public University communications.

Please also note that all successful Santander Universities award recipients must sign an award acceptance agreement, prior to awards being confirmed, and agree to some personal information linked to or submitted as part of their application being shared with Santander Universities (a full explanation of this policy is contained in the award acceptance agreement).


The award will support travel to any country, however the below Santander University Partner countries are preferred.

In the Americas: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, USA
In Europe: Belgium, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Spain, UK
In Asia: China, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, UAE
In Africa: Ghana

  • The trip must link to the applicant’s studies, career ambitions or enterprise.
  • Sustainability of project/research, e.g. demonstrably leading to further research bids, collaborative projects, or access to further enterprise and employability opportunities
  • Have significant personal benefits to you and any barriers to study you have faced
  • The contribution that the application will make to the University’s internationalisation strategy and how this will be disseminated this on their return
  • The uniqueness and merits of the project or reason for travel
  • UK & EU trips will be awarded a maximum of £500
  • £5,000 will only be awarded to groups of students applying together
  • Applicants must be a current student of the University of Salford

What cannot be funded?

  • Funds are not available for participation in conferences or for visits which are not directly related to a student’s course of study, career ambition or enterprise
  • Funds cannot be claimed retrospectively for visits which have already taken place at the time of application
  • While previous Santander Travel Award winners are not excluded from applying again, priority will be given to applicants who have not previously benefitted from an award.
  • Students cannot receive funding for research or study undertaken in their country of nationality.
  • Funding will only be awarded for attendance at a conference where the student will be presenting and have confirmation of presentation.
  • Grants will not be awarded to substitute or supplement funding for fundamental aspects of research.
  • Applicants cannot have visited the country before for a similar reason/trip.

How to apply

To apply for funding applicants must submit an online application detailing their project and the need for funding, criteria will be checked and a judging panel will determine if funding is awarded.

Please note all applications will be considered after the closing date, there will be an initial shortlisting round before applications are revived at the assessment panel, only the top scoring applications will get through to the panel. Due to the competitive nature and amount of applications, feedback cannot always be provided.

Round 1 Applications Open: Friday 12th October 2018
Round 1 Applications Close: Friday 9th November 2018

Round 2 Applications Open: Monday 18th February 2019
Round 2 Applications Close: Monday 18th March 2019

Click on the correct category for your application to apply.


Please ensure that you discuss your application with your programme leader, school office or supervisor. If your application is successful, two reference will be needed.

Any questions?

For more information, book a 1 to 1 appointment or to discuss your application further or contact The Enterprise Team: