Funding for travel was important to us

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Will Baker

Former DPhil student – Sociology of Education

During my DPhil I was lucky enough to win a travel grant from the ESRC to spend a month at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University; the trip was also supported by Green Templeton College and was one of the highlights of my time at Oxford. It was a fantastic opportunity to interact with leading scholars in philosophy and the social sciences. Duke was a great place to get feedback on my research, experience a new intellectual environment, and develop links with scholars who have similar research interests. The opportunity to visit an overseas institution undoubtedly had a positive impact on the quality of my final DPhil and opened up possibilities for future research projects.

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Julianne K. Viola

DPhil student in Learning & New Technologies

It is such an important part of the doctoral experience to be able to travel for fieldwork and conferences, and for many of us, travel would not be possible without a little extra help from the department and our affiliated colleges.

I received a travel bursary from my college (Linacre) to attend the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting in Chicago last month, where I was invited to present two papers. As Chicago is quite a long way from Oxford, it is rather expensive to get there. Had it not been for the generous travel bursary, I would not have been able to afford the plane ticket to get there.

With the funds from Linacre, combined with the £100 Education Department funding, I was able to attend the conference, and it was an incredible experience. It really meant a lot to me that I was able to attend the conference to have the experience presenting, and also to attend the other seminars relevant to my work. After the experience at AERA, I not only felt more confident in my work, but I also gained new perspectives on my work and made some new contacts in my field. The experience was invaluable, and I do hope that the fundraising campaign for travel bursaries is successful, as I think every doctoral student deserves to have the experience to travel to add to their learning, without having to worry about whether they can afford the experience.

Samantha Seiter

DPhil student in Applied Linguistics

Every time I need to go to a conference or travel overseas to collect data, I hope that I can lean on my college and department to help out, even if it’s just a few pounds – every penny counts.

When I was doing my Master’s degree, I applied for a travel grant from my college, which was accepted. This was £250. Although this did not cover all my expenses, it certainly helped. As a DPHIL student now, this opportunity still exists, and I have just been granted another £250 for travel expenses to collect pilot data in Japan.

These travel grants have helped to ease the financial pressure that international students, in particular, face; with high tuition fees and very little funding opportunities otherwise at Oxford. Without this help, the stress of affording to conduct robust research in a far off country like Japan would simply not be possible.