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Cambridge Global Food Security

A Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge

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Early Career Researcher Travel Fund

The Cambridge Global Food Security Initiative invites applications to its 2017 Travel Fund.

The Initiative is pleased to have received funding from the Isaac Newton Trust to provide travel grants, on a competitive basis, to its members in 2017. 




The Fund is open to members of the Cambridge Global Food Security Initiative who are either:

  • Cambridge-based PhD students or post-doctoral researchers wishing to travel away from Cambridge for a specific activity, or
  • Cambridge-based researchers at any level wishing to bring an external PhD student or post-doctoral researcher to Cambridge for a specific activity.


Interdisciplinary networking and capacity-building are central to the activities of the Cambridge Global Food Security Initiative. We are now able to offer support to Early Career Researchers who wish to travel in connection with the Initiative’s work. We would like to support travel that enables the grant-holder to share ideas and perspectives, or acquire new skills, for example by:

  • spending time with researchers in relevant fields that are outside of the Early Career Researcher’s usual research network, for example to conduct a short project;
  • giving a talk/ series of talks, or participating in a seminar, conference or interactive workshop.

Proposed activities must contribute to the overall objectives of the Cambridge Global Food Security Initiative, be grounded in the applicant’s area of research, and be interdisciplinary in scope. Applications that involve the development of new connections with researchers, policy-makers or the public outside of the applicant’s host institution will be given preference.

How much can I apply for?

Awards of between £500 and £1,250 are available to support travel, accommodation and subsistence costs.

To apply, please complete the application form and send it to Jacqueline Garget ( by Monday 15th May 2017, 4pm.


To note:

  • Applicants who are ECRs must gain approval from a sponsoring faculty member.
  • Awards will be made by 31st May 2017.
  • Funds must be spent, and a short report submitted to the Initiative together with receipts for travel costs incurred, by 1st December 2017.
  • Applications should not be submitted retrospectively.
  • Not more than one application should be submitted per applicant.
  • Financial support from the Isaac Newton Trust should be acknowledged in any outputs from a grant under this scheme.

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Global food security is a major research priority for UK and international science.

Cambridge Global Food Security is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge. We promote an interdisciplinary approach to addressing the challenge of ensuring all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and preferences for an active and healthy life. 

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