Travel Grants

Providing funding for research trips in and outside the UK

The Society will consider applications from Fellows for a limited number of grants for travel within and outside the United Kingdom to attend conferences and visit laboratories. The recipient of a Travel Grant must have been a Fellow of the Society for at least one year previous to the closing date for applications. The closing dates for applications are 1 November, 1 February, 1 May and 1 July for travel.

Please read the following notes to Applicants

Applicants are required to attach a brief statement of the relevance of the proposed travel to their research. The remit of the Philosophical Society is ‘to promote research in all branches of science and to encourage the communication of the results of scientific research’.  If there is any doubt whether your field of work qualifies under this rubric, for example if your departmental affiliation is not necessarily scientific (e.g. Geography, Education,  Archaeology or the Judge Business School), your statement must demonstrate that your particular research project counts as “science” and you must ensure that your supporting referee reinforces this.

Applicants must ensure that a letter of support is sent to the Society's office by the closing date.  In the case of a Graduate Student the supporting letter should come from the Supervisor.  Letters of support may be sent electronically to philosoc@hermes.cam.ac.uk  direct from the Supervisor’s own email.

Application forms, may be submitted in paper form or electronically

Ensure that your application is submitted before you travel

Make full enquiries about the availability of air or rail tickets at low cost, to ensure that the estimated travel expenses given in the application form are the lowest that are possible

Notify the Society’s office as soon as the result of any other application for funding is known

The Society is unlikely to be able to meet the full costs of travel and grants are usually between £50 and £350

Preference will be given to applications where the Fellow will be undertaking research activity, or presenting their work at a conference, rather than simply attending a meeting.

Travel Grants will not normally be considered for fieldwork. The funded trip should be additional to the core requirements of the research project: funding to cover the core requirements should have been factored in from the inception. Such funding is the responsibility of the supervisor, funding agency and student, not of an external party like the Society.  In the case of any application for travel that might appear to fall under this restriction, it is essential that both the applicant and the referee provide a clear and explicit justification.  In the absence of this information, such applications will be rejected.

Preference will be given to graduate students and early career post-doctorates

Application forms should be returned to the email address above, or to:

The Executive Secretary, Cambridge Philosophical Society, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1RX

All documents must be received at the Society’s office by the closing date

Download the Travel Grant application form in Word or pdf format.