International Travel Grants

This scheme has now been discontinued.

Following the Comprehensive Spending Review in 2010, the Society has unfortunately had to discontinue the International Travel Grants scheme. Instead applications for international collaborations will from now on be managed through the new International Exchanges Scheme. However, the Society will unfortunately no longer be able to support conference attendance through this scheme. Whilst we acknowledge that conference attendance is important in raising the profile of UK science and scientists, the Society has decided that facilitating international collaborations should be the priority during a period of budget constraints.

International Travel Grants Dr Giuseppe Schettino was awarded an International Travel Grant in 2010 to enable his research team to travel overseas to use high energy ion facilities to investigate using hadrons as a cancer therapy.

This scheme was for scientists in the UK who wanted to participate in an overseas conference or collaborate with other scientists on a short international visit.

The scheme had two streams:

  • Conference participation: provided funding for transport, subsistence and registration for conference participation for a maximum of 10 days. This was available to UK scientists only.
  • International collaboration: facilitated collaborations with overseas scientists in order to explore opportunities for building lasting networks. This grant could be held for a maximum of 12 weeks.

Eligibility requirements

The scheme covered all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine.

The applicants needed to:

  • have a PhD, or be likely to have a PhD by the time the funding starts
  • hold a fixed or permanent contract at an eligible organisation for the duration of the project (ineligible organisations included industrial, private and commercial organisations, university spin-out companies, government bodies and research institutes and research councils)

The International Travel Grant Scheme was available for travel to all countries outside of the UK.

Value and tenure

For conference participation, the award could be held for a maximum of 10 days. For international collaboration, the maximum was 12 weeks.

The scheme provided a maximum of £4,000.

Applying for this scheme

This scheme is permanently closed to applications.

Travel and collaboration schemes

International Exchanges
For scientists in the UK who want to undertake a collaboration with scientists overseas through either a one-off visit or bilateral travel.

India-UK Scientific Seminars
For mid-career scientists who want to organise a small three-day scientific seminar between groups of scientists from India and the UK.

South Africa-UK Scientific Seminars
For mid-career scientists who want to organise a small three-day scientific seminar between groups of scientists from South Africa and the UK.

See all the grant schemes.

Contact us

If you have a question about this scheme, please first read the scheme notes which contain more information. If the answer is still not available, you can contact the grants team here.