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Funding for Current Students

School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Fieldwork Fund 

The Fieldwork Fund is available to support essential costs, over and above those normally incurred while in residence, associated with a major piece of essential primary research carried out away from Cambridge. It is only available to students undertaking doctoral study.

Students are expected to have the following items in place before submitting an application:

  • confirmation of Leave to Work Away
  • a Risk Assessment approved by CLAS
  • confirmation of travel insurance
  • a statement of support from their Supervisor, explaining the need for this fieldwork and confirming that the costs are realistic

Further guidance on process and eligibility is available here along with the application form.

There is currently no deadline for applications which, once completed, should be sent to Miss Helen Williams (POLIS Graduate Office).

Santander Mobility Grants

Deadline: Applications will open from Tuesday 1 December 2015 and completed forms will need to be submitted by Friday 29 January 2016

Santander generously provides a travel fund for students of the University who wish to travel to any country in the Santander Universities global network for academic purposes. Currently, those countries within the network are: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, Spain, United Kingdom, Uruguay and the USA.

Grants of up to £250 (European travel) and £500 (non-European travel) are offered.

In 2014/2015, the grants are to be awarded to a gathered field of applicants by the International Student Team in the University's Student Operations Office. Students applying for a grant should take care to read carefully the eligibility criteria before submitting an application.

The application window for students wishing to apply for a Santander Travel Grant in 2014/2015 will open on 1 December 2014 and close on Friday 30 January 2015. The Selection Committee will meet during the following month to decide upon awards, contacting applicants by the end of February 2015.

Information about the application process is available here.

Simón Bolívar Fund

CLAS staff, PhD and MPhil students and PhD students researching Latin America from other departments may apply for modest sums from this fund to help with a variety of research-related activities. Applications for funding to support fieldwork abroad, attendance at conferences, and the organization of conferences, workshops, screenings and other academic/cultural events will be considered.

Applicants should first have applied to all other potential sources of funding, including Research Councils (AHRC, etc.) if their research is funded by one of these, their own departments (if not from CLAS) and College funds.

Students applying to the fund should take care to read carefully the eligibility criteria before submitting an application.

There will be just one deadline in 2015/2016 on 2 March 2015. Applicants should apply (using the form available at the bottom of the page explaining the fund's eligibility criteria) clearly explaining the nature, purpose and academic value of their application. All applications are to be sent to the CLAS Administrator. Students should ask their supervisor to email a supporting note separately by the same deadline.

Smuts Memorial Fund

University staff and students researching Latin America with a focus on the English-speaking Caribbean might consider applying to this fund. See the Smuts Memorial Fund website for further details.

Cambridge Funding Search

Use this database to search for awards offered by the University of Cambridge (departments, faculties, colleges, central offices and other internal sponsors). It may help you to identify highly specific awards for which only a small number of students (or perhaps only you!) are eligible.

Chile Projects

The Centre is immensely grateful for the support of Antofagasta plc in running the Chile Projects scheme, annually, from 1991, supporting the research of Cambridge students in Chile for over two decades. It is with regret that we announce that the scheme will not be running in 2013.