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Postgraduate Fellowship

Postgraduate Fellowship is an opportunity for early-career researchers to be part of – and engage with – the geographical research community.


As a Postgraduate Fellow you can use your membership for discounts on conferences, networking through our research groups, and exchanging ideas through our Postgraduate Forum.


Stay informed about geography and the Society

  • Free online access to all our academic journals – Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Area, and The Geographical Journal and the guides Publishing in Geography and Communicating in Research
  • Online access to WIREs Climate Change
  • Receive our seasonal autumn, spring and summer Bulletins and a monthly e-update with Society news and events
  • Receive regular email updates and news on upcoming events, vacancies and funding opportunities from the geographical research and higher education community
  • Watch high-quality recordings of our Monday night lectures online

Connect with the community of geographers

  • Participate in a choice of 27 Research Groups
  • Automatic membership of the Society’s Postgraduate Forum
  • Attend a wide range of conferences, seminars and events taking place across the UK
  • Member discount on our flagship events, including Annual International Conference and Explore

Access to expertise and resources

  • Unlimited use of the Foyle Reading Room, our library of maps, books, guides and unrivalled access to our historic Collections
  • Access to the Members' Room – a members only space which can be used for meetings, remote working or relaxing
  • Apply for grants to support your research, fieldwork or expedition
  • Receive expert advice on fieldwork and expeditions

Third party discounts

  • Receive discounts on kit and equipment at Cotswold Outdoors, Stanfords and Nomad stores and online
  • 10% discount to publish in Geo – the Society’s open access journal

Support the Society

  • Attend and vote at the Society's Annual General Meeting
  • Your membership is vital to support and sustain the work of the Society to advance geography and geographical learning


Application for Postgraduate Fellowship is open to anyone, based in the UK or overseas, who is a registered postgraduate student in geography or an allied subject at a university or be recommended by a university research supervisor or head of department

Cost and further information

  • Annual membership costs from £30 (with no joining fee)
  • A breakdown of subscription options for the journals and Geographical magazine can be found in the application form

Apply now

Simply complete an application form, and return with your payment and CV to the Membership Office.

Applications are accepted by email on membership@rgs.org (simply download the application form, complete and attach to your email) or by post. Please address to: Membership Office, RGS-IBG, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR.


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