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Santander Universities Travel Award

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Information for Students

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Who can apply?

The University of Salford has funding to support students wishing to undertake an international visit or project. The award will support travel to the following countries, preferably at a Santander University Partner.

  • 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

Applications will be accepted from all current University of Salford students (including final year undergraduate students, postgraduate students and international students). We are particularly interested 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.

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 received in-depth feedback cannot always be provided.

Applications Open: Friday 12th January 2018 (Round Two)
Applications Close: Friday 6th April 2018 (Round Two)

Applications Categories

Click on the correct categories for your application to apply.


All applications will be reviewed by a committee who will make awards based on the following criteria:

  • Links to the applicant’s study, research or career ambitions
  • Sustainability of project/research, e.g. demonstrably leading to further research bids, collaborative projects, significant publications, or access to new research funds
  • 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
  • The uniqueness and merits of the project or reason for travel

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 eligible countries that are linked to your field of study or research
  • International placements, internships, opportunities that are linked to your field of study or research or to your career ambitions
  • Attendance at summer schools or foreign language schools in eligible countries
  • Attendance at conferences or similar events and taking place in eligible countries (students only)
  • Study at foreign archives and libraries
  • Senior level departmental/cross-departmental delegations to eligible countries
  • Short duration post-doctoral fellowships taking place in eligible countries
  • Projects incorporating a research mobility component for early career researchers
  • Individual research visits to eligible countries
  • Cultural exchanges for students

Application advice (Students)

Volunteering and Internships – Students are encouraged to consider international internships / volunteering projects that link to career ambitions. We are keen to support projects that also benefit the wider University community. All successful students will be expected to:

  1. Attendance at a pre-visit seminar
  2. Record a regular blog/video blog of your time in the destination country
  3. Deliver a reflective presentation to a panel on your return

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).


Please ensure that you discuss your application with your programme leader, school office, supervisor or line manager. If your application is shortlisted for consideration by the grants panel, a reference will be sought from one of your referees.


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