Graduate Fellowship and Travel Opportunities

Information on travel scholarships or funding opportunities for graduates from U21 universities.

Below is a list of Universitas 21 universities which offer travel scholarships or funding opportunities to graduates from around the U21 network. 

University of Auckland

The University of Auckland Universitas 21 Doctoral Mobility Scholarships were established in 2007 to support University of Auckland doctoral students who wish to undertake short term visits and placements at other Universitas 21 institutions.

Selection Process:

  • The Scholarships shall be available to students enrolled fulltime at The University of Auckland who have paid the fees or have arranged to pay the fees, for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy or the research component of another approved Doctorate. Applicants must be within 36 months of doctoral registration at time of application.
  • Applications for the Scholarships must be made on the application form available from The University of Auckland Scholarships Office. There is no closing date for applications. Applications will be assessed at the monthly meetings of Scholarships Sub-Committee.
  • The scholarships are awarded by the University of Auckland Council on the recommendation of the Scholarships Sub-Committee of Education Committee

The basis of selection will be:

  • Academic merit
  • Proposal outlining the work to be undertaken and expected benefits of the short term visit/placement.

Further information and application forms can be found at


University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham students only, can apply for UoB's PhD Scholarships offered on an annual basis (2012 application deadline - 30 March).


University of British Columbia

Graduate Student International Research Mobility Award -

In partnership with the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Go Global, the Office of the Vice President Research & International supports UBC graduate students who wish to participate in research abroad at a leading institution outside of North America, and UBC faculty who wish to host an international graduate student at UBC from a non-North American institution. Priority is given to PhD students. The maximum value of each award is $1,500.

Graduate Student Travel Fund -

UBC graduate students are eligible for reimbursement from the Graduate Student Travel Fund once per degree program. The Travel Fund provides travel support to a maximum of $400 per graduate student.

Killam Fellowship Travel and Research Allowance -

The Killam Trusts provides UBC Killam Doctoral and Postdoctoral Research Fellows with an allowance to promote travel for research and to attend and/or present at academic meetings. The annual value is up to $2,000 for doctoral students over the 24-month tenure of the fellowship and up to $6000 for Postdoctoral Fellows over the 24-month tenure of the fellowship. Only current Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellows and Killam Doctoral Fellows are eligible for the Killam Allowance.


University of Hong Kong

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) offers conference grant and travel grant to HKU's MPhil and PhD students.  The students can apply for the grant to attend a conference to present a paper or poster, or to undertake international academic training activities.  At present the grants are only awarded internally within HKU.

Further details can be found at (only accessible to HKU students)


The University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham runs a number of prestigious travel prizes, one of which is the U21 Travel Scholarship.  The twenty awards available are for a maximum of £1000 each and enable both full-time and part-time Nottingham University postgraduate research students to undertake research at other U21 universities.  The month-long visits can be used to access colleagues and resources at appropriate U21 universities, thereby strengthening and broadening their research as well as developing new links with researchers at fellow U21 universities.  The purpose of the U21 scholarships is not to provide funds for the student’s core research programme (e.g. core fieldwork) but to fund activities that will give an added element to the student’s research and career development opportunities.  It is also hoped that this will further the U21’s mission of the mobility of students together with research and knowledge transfer.

Details can be found at and from this there are links to information about the U21 network and the partner universities.  The University of Nottingham Graduate School, which administers the scholarships, also runs an event which hopes to promote the scholarships, and the opportunities and benefits that such a scheme brings.  A workshop takes place in March each year when talks are given by the Dean of the Graduate School and a member of the International Office together with a number of past participants of the scheme who will talk about their experiences both in terms of the arrangements and the visit itself.


The University of Nottingham Ningbo China will award scholarships worth about ¥9,000 (about U$1,500 or £900) to graduates from all universities in the Universitas 21 network who enrol for its Master’s degree programmes. The scholarship, equivalent to 10% of the maximum annual tuition fee of ¥90,000 (£9,000), will be awarded on a non-competitive basis to all U21 alumni who register for full-time degree programmes from September.

Further information can be obtained from Lauren Quinn Taylor at Lauren.TAYLOR 


University of Virginia

The University of Virginia has a programme which seeks to enhance the visibility of the university’s graduate programmes to prospective applicants by encouraging personal contact with UVa. graduate students who are within a year of completing their PhD. programs.  To cultivate good recruiting relationships with other universities, the Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) will reimburse travel expenses for UVa doctoral students to visit their undergraduate or master’s alma mater, present a research seminar, and meet with undergraduate students and/or master’s students interested in doctoral study.  In addition, trips by advanced doctoral students representing the university at graduate recruiting fairs will also be considered for reimbursement.

In addition to aiding our recruiting efforts, this programme will also benefit doctoral students seeking academic careers.  Students will have an opportunity to give a seminar presentation and meet with faculty at another university, an experience similar to what they may expect for an academic interview. The specific arrangements for the visit are best left to negotiation at the local level by the student and a faculty member at their alma mater.

VPR will reimburse travel expenses for one doctoral student, per department, per year until funds are exhausted. Airfare, mileage, overnight lodging, and meals will be reimbursed up to $1,000. Each year the program will be assessed to determine its impact on the quality of the incoming graduate students to decide whether it should be continued.