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Arklight Travel and Research Fund

The ArkLight Travel and Research Awards have been established through the generous contributions to the College by David Arkless, the Founder and Chairman of ArkLight Group.

Up to 5 grants of £250 are awarded annually to Ustinov College postgraduate students to support fieldwork, conference fees, and/or travel to attend conferences, relating to any of the four core themes:

  • Human trafficking
  • Human rights
  • Anti-prejudice
  • Global citizenship
The application cycle for 2023-24 will re-open on Monday 02 October 2023
Michaelmas applications - Friday 24th November 2023
Epiphany applications - Friday 23rd February 2024
Easter applications - Friday 24th May 2024


If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the College Administration Co-ordinator on


How to apply

To apply for an ArkLight Travel and Research Award, complete the form below, and ask your supervisor to submit a supporting letter to the College Administration Co-ordinator on

The award panel meets once each term, and decisions are usually communicated within three weeks of the application deadline.


Terms and Conditions

  • Eligible costs include conference fees, travel, accommodation and subsistence and other reasonable expenditure related to the research activity.
  • Applicants may only receive one award from the Fund per academic year.
  • If the total cost to be considered is less than £250, then any successful award will be made to the value of the lesser amount.
  • Travel and other expenditure under the grant must take place/be incurred before the next term’s deadline for applications. Retrospective applications will not normally be considered. The panel meets once every term.
  • Successful applicants must submit an article (500-1000 words) about their research activity, with photos, which may be published in the College magazine and online blog, The Ustinovian, and on the College website. An award holder who does not wish their photo/name to be used on the website should inform the Membership Secretary at the point of the award being made.

For further information about the application process, please contact the College Administration Co-ordinator on


Application Form

Please click here to access the application form.


University student
The ArkLight Travel and Research Award allowed me to attend the BRISMES annual conference, this year titled under the theme 'Liberation' and a key part of the discipline's calendar. It allowed me to test my formative argument about surveillance and political violence in front of a knowledgeable crowd, and improved my confidence in an idea that I believe could have important implications for human rights research in the future.

Marc Owen Jones
PhD Politics