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Expedition and Geographical Fieldwork Grants
Postgraduate grants

Postgraduate grants

The Society’s grants programme as a whole enables people to develop new knowledge and advance geographical science through geographical field research and scientific expeditions around the world.


Small grants that support fieldwork make a huge difference to postgraduates, many receive limited funding support for their studies.

Learn more about previous Postgraduate Grant recipients

Why are postgraduate awards important?

Postgraduate Grants support innovative and important field research across the discipline from environmental analysis to geomorphology to cultural and economic geography, and in all parts of the world.

The grants encourage the next generation of geographers, help build their expertise, and sustain the future of geographical fieldwork.

Not all grants support students collecting primary data in the field, some are awarded to students working in archives or support the collection of secondary data.

The grants also stand as inspiration to students to continue to postgraduate study. Without the option of financial support for fieldwork some students would struggle to continue to postgraduate level.

Why support the Society’s Postgraduate grants?

The Society’s Postgraduate grants have been developed in recent years, from five or six awards per year between 2000 and 2008, and up to 25 awards per year since 2009, thanks to the generosity of donors. But only four of these awards are endowed for the future and thus secure in perpetuity.

We would like you to help us create a capital sum, the annual interest on which will help support a core of Postgraduate Grants in perpetuity. The demand for such support is high, with 160 applications in 2013 alone.

What will your money do?

Ensure the next generation of geographers are able to continue their academic pursuits and therefore help sustain the future of geographical fieldwork and advance geographical science. 

How will we acknowledge donors?

Supporters will be listed, if desired, in the Appeal Donors Book, and depending on the level of support be recognised on the grants webpages and invited to special events.

Major individual donors may wish to endow a ‘named’ Postgraduate Fieldwork grant in perpetuity, at levels of £50,000 donation per named grant.

Make an online donation to the Grants Appeal now.


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