5.6.1 College General Travel Grants

Every year, the College awards some General College Travel Grants and Vacation Study Grants, whose purpose is to assist students with trips that would normally be relevant to a student’s studies. The total amount available is limited.

In some Departments, funding is provided by the University to make contributions towards maintenance costs and travel for activities which are a compulsory element of Tripos (the approved list of courses is sometimes referred to as the ‘Pink List’). The Fellow for Grants (Professor Daping Chu) or your Director of Studies can advise on eligibility. The College will not expect to fund activities that are covered by this list and that are required by your Department or Faculty, whose responsibility it is to support such course requirements.

General College Travel and Vacation Study Grants are awarded to help with funding for trips not covered through the list mentioned above. Grant applications should be submitted to your Tutor by 5 p.m. on Friday 4th May so that your Tutor can forward the completed application with their comments to the Fellow for Grants. They will then be considered by a meeting of the Tutors. Application forms can be completed online here.

The Tutors have agreed that priority in making grants will normally be given to projects that contribute directly to a student’s academic studies; such travel will usually be given priority over plans, which, while still beneficial, have less immediate relevance for Tripos. Other criteria taken into consideration will include financial need, the quality of proposal and planning of the trip and its impact for the student’s career or future, and whether a student has previously received a travel grant. Exceptionally a Tutor may support a case that non-academic-related travel should be granted funding, for example, if an applicant has never previously travelled overseas. Consideration may be given to a student’s disciplinary record in the year of application.

Applicants will be asked to provide as full costings as possible, covering all travel and associated costs of the trip, including subscriptions, activities, and associated expenses. They should also clarify what they expect to contribute financially themselves and/or raise from other sources, including the College’s academic-related funds. Directors of Studies will be asked to comment on the academic value and relevance of the travel.

In all cases it is a condition of accepting a grant from the College that the student will undertake the travel for which they applied and that they should submit a brief report on their travel or other activities by the Division of the Term after their travel.

5.6.2 Specific Travel Grants

In addition to the General Travel Grants, there are some Special Travel Grants which are aimed a particular kinds of travel but considered through the same application process.  If you are thinking of directing your application to one of these grants you simply indicate so on the form. You should discuss this with your Tutor before submitting your form.

The T S Cordiner Travel Bursary

As a result of a generous gift from an alumnus, this travel bursary will support the full costs of a current Selwyn student who wishes to travel to the United States of America during the Long Vacation.  Preference may be given to those who have never previously travelled to North America and whose project is planned as both a ‘once in a lifetime’ chance to undertake a potentially life-changing experience and something the student could not otherwise afford to do without the Fund’s support. The project need not be Tripos-related. To apply, please submit the application form and include the crsid of your Tutor in the appropriate box

The following funds require only the standard application form, including a clear statement of the fund to which the student wishes to apply:

  • The Borradaile Fund is available for zoology related travel with a preference to undergraduates.
  • The Boydell Fund is for vet students to travel to remote regions to study wildlife. It is distributed every a few years when sufficient fund is accumulated for a meaningful award.
  • The Cott Fund exists primarily to assist junior members of the College who wish to travel overseas to engage in a biological or anthropological scientific expedition/research project.
  • The Terry Dixon Memorial Travel Fund has the priority to support any students travelling to Japan.
  • The Medical Mission Fund is for religious (Christian) related trips and must be used for the activities which can be regarded as missionary and medical in nature.

Like the general grants, it is a requirement of accepting the grant to complete a report. Use this form to submit a report on your travel after your return.

You should also consult Section 5.7 for information about funds for subject-related other funding opportunities.