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Early Career Researcher Travel Fund 2019

The Cambridge Global Food Security IRC's 2019 Early Career Researcher Travel Fund is now closed.


The 2019 travel grant competition is open to members of the Cambridge Global Food Security IRC, who are either Cambridge-based PhD students or post-doctoral researchers, wishing to travel away from Cambridge for a specific activity in 2019.


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;
  • taking part in an interactive workshop;
  • giving a talk/ series of talks at an interdisciplinary seminar or conference that will include attendees from outside academia;

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.

How much can I apply for?

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

Additional Requirements

Those receiving awards are requested to submit six captioned photographs alongside a short travel report (max 600 words) following completion of their travel. All travel must be completed by 1st December 2019.

Travel Showcase and Networking Event 2019

We will be holding this year's event at 4-6pm on Friday 13th December 2019, and encourage all awardees to attend and give a flash presentation - using only their photographs - in order to share their travel experiences. There will be prizes for the best presentation and best photographs.



Please direct queries about this Fund to , IRC Programme Manager.

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


 Here's what our some of our 2018 and 2017 funding recipients said about their travel experiences:

“Through time spent working with a Moroccan Development agency, I gathered a great deal of contacts that will be crucial to grant applications and collaborations in the future.”

“The chance to meet and discuss about my work with bean breeders in Kenya has been invaluable.”

“I presented research and networked with researchers from around the world. A key outcome…was being put in contact with two researchers with whom I now intend to collaborate.”

“It was very useful to share my work and hear feedback from a Caribbean audience, and I had many important opportunities to network with regional and international leaders, including policy-makers, in my field.”

“Through this fieldwork, I and my department have developed a close collaboration with BRAC University and local leaders of the Dhaka slum and through this, we are planning to prepare more collaborative research projects and apply for bigger grants.”

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

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

“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 a virtual 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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Upcoming events

Are you ready for a Food Revolution?

Jun 12, 2019

Department of Plant Sciences Main Lecture Theatre, University of Cambridge

IfM Briefing: Innovation for Food Security and Sustainability

Jun 25, 2019

The Crystal, Royal Victoria Dock, One Siemens Brothers Way, Royal Docks, London E16 1GB

The Food Tech Transition Summer School 2019

Jul 29, 2019

University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany

23rd Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium

Sep 26, 2019

Moller Centre, Cambridge

Travel Showcase and Networking Event

Dec 13, 2019

Tom Ap Rees Room and Library, Department of Plant Sciences, Downing Site CB2 3EA

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