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Santander Mobility Grants

Applications are invited from supervisors for Santander Mobility grants to support themselves and a doctoral student (not necessarily their supervisee) to undertake visits to institutions within the Santander network.

Santander Mobility grants provide funding designed to stimulate research links and collaboration between universities and research establishments within the Santander Network

The grant provides financial support for one member of faculty, plus a doctoral student, to visit another Santander institution.

The purpose of this visit should be to either develop links with another research group, or to work on collaborative grant proposals (H2020, Newton Fund, Erasmus+, doctoral training centres). Over recent years, Santander has supported visits from Sussex faculty to institutions in locations as diverse as Brazil, Chile, New York and Beijing.

£1,000 per person is available for overseas flights, accommodation, conference fees and research facility access. 

Applicants are asked to complete an application form - this can be requested from Simone Robinson and will soon be available to fill in online.

Any further questions regarding the scheme should also be directed to Simone at

For those interested, the criteria for the grant can be found here.

Santander at Sussex: case studies

The inclusive ethos of the Santander Mobility Grant shines through in the impressive range of visits already undertaken. Read on for examples of how these grants have been used by to strengthen Sussex’s position as a leading research-intensive university with an international and collaborative focus.

Several visits to Brazil by Sussex Professors Jonathan Bacon and Francis Ratniek to the Departamento de Biologia at Universidadede São Paulo have created a strong research relationship between the two institutions. As well as researching alongside São Paulo faculty (with Brazil providing excellent resources for studying social insects), both Professors led lectures and seminars whilst visiting. Initially made possible by a Santander Mobility Grant, Sussex's collaboration with São Paulo has since attracted additional further funding from FAPESP - the São Paulo Research Foundation - which has helped both parties sustain an ongoing collaboration and facilitated the publication of four academic papers, with several more currently being prepped for publication.

Several Sussex staff have visited the New York University, exploring the instituion's Fales Library, an unique collection of resources on contemporary fiction, poetry, and cultural history. Professor Lucy Robinson and Dr Pam Thurschwell, from Sussex’s School of English, have both taken the opportunity to explore material relating to the early 90’s Riot Grrrl movement.  Professor Robinson's visit, taken alongside doctoral student Laura Cofield, made it into press with the publication of The opposite of the band’: fangrrrling, feminism and sexual dissidence in the journal Textual Practice

In July of this year, doctoral student Blanche Marie Ting, alongside her PhD supervisor Dr Matias Ramirez, visited the National University of Colombia in Medellin, attending a workshop on Transformative Innovation in order to gain an insight of the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) landscape in Latin American countries. Blanche's visit, and the learnings taken from it, will undoubtedly help to further the agreement of cooperation signed by Sussex's Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) and the Government of Colombias Department of Science, Technology and Innovation (Colciencias). In addition, Blanche is now planning to co-author a paper alongside an NUC faculty member.

More recently, Dr Doug Haynes, Senior Lecturer in American Literature and Visual Culture at Sussex, undertook a visit to one of Sussex's strategic partners, Georgetown University, in Washington. Dr Haynes visited Georgetown to further this strategic partnership, expanding it to include a focus on internationalising American Studies at Sussex through ongoing collaboration between the two institutions.



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