About the travel grant
A fund worth at least £8,000 per annum, made possible by Santander Universities, will be available to provide travel grants for academic, professional services or support staff working at the University of Brighton and any students currently enrolled on University of Brighton courses.
This funding stream is now closed and will reopen in 2018.
Purpose of the Grants
The objective is to forge contacts with other universities, educational establishments and organisations in the countries listed below for the purpose of knowledge exchange and to participate in projects of benefit to the University of Brighton applicant and the partner organisation.
In addition, grants will be allocated based on the potential professional development of the applicant(s) and anticipated benefit for the university.
The grants are intended to be used during the summer recess or, alternatively, during the following academic year.
Grants will be made at the discretion of the selection panel with a minimum of 4 grants being issued and individual grants issued for a maximum of £2,000.
Applications are invited from any current staff (on contracts that will extend beyond the date of the proposed trip) and any students who are currently enrolled on University of Brighton courses
The grants will be given to facilitate visits to universities and other member organisations of the Santander Universities Network in the following countries (please note that the UK is excluded):
- Puerto Rico
The organisation MUST be a member of the Santander Universities Network – a list of participating institutions is available on request from email@example.com.
Applications to visit institutions that are not listed, or that are within the UK, will not be considered.
Applications should be in MS Word format, be no longer than 2 sides of A4 and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by the published closing date.
Applicants should provide following information in the application:
- the name of the university/organisation they wish to visit plus full Institutional/departmental address/ contact details – please ensure that you clearly state the institution’s code (e.g. ARG001) on your application.
- the purpose and objectives of the proposed visit
- the duration of the proposed visit
- a breakdown of the costs associated with your proposed visit, specifying the amount that you are requesting in the form of a travel grant (up to a maximum of £2,000) and what you intend to use the grant to fund.
Please specify costs for travel, in-country subsistence, insurance and any other significant expenditure associated with your visit. If applicable, please indicate other sources of funding and whether or not they are confirmed. (With regard to your insurance, we recommend that you take out a policy with an external provider as it is unlikely that the university travel insurance for staff and students will cover you for this nature of trip).
It is recommended that you take this opportunity to fully justify your budget and the level of grant that you are requesting.
- verification by your Head of School/Director of Department as to the travel plans for which the grant will be used (this can be provided in a separate email and must include detail of how they feel that this grant will benefit you).
Applications will only be considered for visits scheduled within 12 months of the application date.
The Selection Process
he final selection will be made by a panel comprised of university staff, both academic and professional services, and a representative from the Students’ Union.
Should you require any advice regarding your application prior to its submission, please contact email@example.com.
Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application no later than 1 month after the closing date.
The Selection Criteria
Your application will be assessed against the following criteria. Please bear this in mind when completing your application:
- The extent to which your visit will enable contacts to be established within the institution/country that you are visiting.
- How your visit will support the exchange of knowledge between yourself, the University of Brighton and the institution that you are visiting.
- How your visit will benefit University of Brighton in terms of research, teaching or professional service delivery.
- The clarity and coherence of your bid.
- The justification for the budget and the appropriateness of the costs.
Term and Conditions
Successful applications will require verification by the appropriate member of staff (Head of School, Director of Department) before any monies are transferred.
These grants are subject to availability of funds and details given here are subject to change at any time.
The decision of the selection panel is final.
Each successful applicant will be required to provide a brief summary report of the activities carried out under the auspices of the grant within a month of its completion.
Successful applicants will not be eligible to apply for a further grant the following year (e.g. a successful applicant from 2017 will not be able to apply for further funding until 2019)
The following are examples of successful applications from the 2016 funding round.