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Grant #143943 to Animal Behaviour Collective

New PhD student from Colombia

Grant #143943

Submitted by Natalia CamargoApproved by Niki Khan

Jun 12, 2023

Request Details
My name is Natalia, and I am from Colombia. I currently work as a research technician. I will start my Ph.D. in Anthropology this fall. Starting grad school has been extremely difficult for me financially: issuing a student visa, flights, finding a new place to live in a new city, and so on. I don't have any financial support back in Colombia because I come from a low-income family, and I don't want to cause them any stress. Therefore, I am broke because I have had to take several loans to pay for all the grad school stuff. I learned about this grant thanks to a friend, and I wanted to know if I could receive some financial support so I don't start grad school with anything in my pockets. More specifically, I won't have a laptop by the time I start, and I would love to use some help to get a second-hand laptop while I start getting paid for TAing. 

$200.00 USD

Total amount $200.00

Accounted as (GBP):
£160.86 GBP
Additional Information

payout method

Bank account

By Natalia Camargoon
Expense created
By Niki Khanon
Expense approved
By The Social Change Neston
Expense scheduled for payment
By The Social Change Neston
Expense processing
By The Social Change Neston
Expense paid

Collective balance
£394.43 GBP

Fiscal Host
The Social Change Nest

Expense policies
Undergraduate and graduate students in animal behaviour in any country can submit expenses from £5 to £200 (or equivalent in other currencies).

Download the microgrant application form here.
When you submit your application, please email this form to [email protected] from your institutional email address (if you have one) - full instructions on how to apply here

You don’t have to explain yourself –  we get that our lives can be complicated and strongly believe that we as financially marginalized people are the best arbiters of what we need and the experts on our own lives. We reject the all too common pattern in academia (and everywhere) that demands historically underrepresented and working-class people “prove” their worthiness in a system that ignores structural inconsistencies in students’ backgrounds or expose/perform their need and trauma for some committee in order to get the money that we require.

Our goal is to start our relationship with our grantees through trust, instead of with an assumption that they are lying (i.e. through proving need). Historically marginalized students are already forced to navigate these types of distrustful relationships with their institutions while their financially comfortable peers are not. 

Our only requirement is that you submit your expense with your institutional email address, so that we confirm that you are a student. If your institution does not provide an email address, you may attach a photo of your student card or proof of enrolment. 

Are you a student in animal behaviour? Animal behaviour is a broad field, and might include students in psychology, anthropology, biology, ecology, zoology etc. It doesn’t matter what department you are in - if in your degree you are focussing on animal behaviour, you can apply!

What can you submit expenses for? Anything you need that will support you through your education. This could include (but is not limited to) buying a book, hiring childcare, paying rent or internet bills to have access to online university materials from home, or even just buying a proper meal so that you do not have to attend the next class on an empty stomach!

When will your expense be paid? We go through applications in our monthly committee meetings, but can also respond to urgent requests sooner if needed. Our fiscal host, Social Change Agency, process payments on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. If you have a time-sensitive expense, please let us know in the comment box or email [email protected] and we will work to process your application in time. 


How do I get paid from a Collective?
Submit an expense and provide your payment information.
How are expenses approved?
Collective admins are notified when an expense is submitted, and they can approve or reject it.
Is my private data made public?
No. Only the expense amount and description are public. Attachments, payment info, emails and addresses are only visible to you and the admins.
When will I get paid?
Payments are processed by the Collective's Fiscal Host, the organization that hold funds on their behalf. Many Fiscal Hosts pay expenses weekly, but each one is different.
Why do you need my legal name?
The display name is public and the legal name is private, appearing on receipts, invoices, and other official documentation used for tax and accounting purposes.

Collective balance

£394.43 GBP