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Early Career Researcher Travel Fund 2018

The Cambridge Global Food Security IRC is pleased to announce that the 2018 Early Career Researcher Travel Fund is now open for applications.




Funds are provided by the Isaac Newton Trust and the Cambridge Global Food Security IRC.


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 matching the guidelines below.



Interdisciplinary networking and capacity-building are central to the activities of the Cambridge Global Food Security Initiative. This Fund offers support to Early Career Researchers who wish to travel in connection with their global food security-related 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 presenting a poster, at a seminar or conference;
  • taking part in an interactive workshop.

Proposed activities must 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.

Additional Requirements

This year, those receiving awards are requested to submit six photographs alongside a short travel report (max 600 words) following completion of their travel. We will be holding a Travel Showcase and Networking Event in early 2019 that we encourage all awardees to attend, and give a short presentation about their travels - using only their photographs - in order to share their experiences. There will be a prize for the best presentation.

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 by Tuesday 15th May 2018, at 4pm.


To note:

  • Attendance-only at conferences will not be eligible for funding.
  • Applicants must gain approval from a sponsoring faculty member.
  • Applicants must complete the relevant risk assessment and/or ethics forms through their department before travelling. 
  • Awards will be made by 31st May 2018.
  • Funds must be spent, and a short report and six photographs submitted to the Initiative together with receipts for travel costs incurred, by 1st December 2018.
  • Applications should not be submitted retrospectively.
  • Not more than one application should be submitted per applicant.
  • Financial support from the Isaac Newton Trust and Cambridge Global Food Security should be acknowledged in any outputs from a grant under this scheme.




Here's what our 2017 funding recipients said about their travel experiences:

“The exposure to the corporate science indirectly led to a post-doc offer that I have since accepted, to begin in February 2018.”

My visits were fantastic opportunities to raise awareness about my research. In both places, I gave presentations of my research and received valuable feedback.” 

It has helped me develop new skills, including a deeper understanding of how to communicate science to different groups.”

“I established new contacts with UK-based public health researchers, with potential opportunities to collaborate on future projects. I also gained new perspectives by attending talks on a wide range of topics.”

“I was delighted to meet researchers from all over the world working on different topics within my field. It was a very insightful experience and it opened my mind to new ideas.”



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

Cambridge Global Food Security is an Interdisciplinary Research Centre at 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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