The Astor Travel Fund provides grants towards the cost of visits by members of the University's academic and academic-related staff to laboratories, hospitals, libraries and similar institutions within the USA, which will enhance their teaching and research. Grants may cover reasonable transatlantic airfares (economy/standard), internal travel, accommodation and subsistence within the USA. Grants may not be used to cover the cost of conference attendance but may be used to facilitate other travel and subsistence in the USA on the occasion of a conference visit. Grants are usually awarded to help fund short visits, but applications for funds towards longer visits are not excluded. The maximum award is £1,500.
Applications may be made by members of the University's academic and academic-related staff (including Post Doctoral Research Assistants and Junior Research Fellows). Applications are considered in open competition.
Priority will be given to applicants who are:
- employees of the University, related institutions, or colleges and/or eligible to be members of a faculty of the University, and
- have not received grants from the fund within the two years preceding their application
Retrospective grants will only be made in exceptional circumstances.
It is the responsibility of applicants to ensure that one referee (a senior member of the applicant's department or faculty currently in post) writes in confidence to the Secretary of the Board of Management by the closing date for applications.
Download an application form here.