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Dudley Stamp Memorial Award

2011 Dudley Stamp Memorial Award recipient Alison Banwell studies the hydrology of the Greenland ice sheetThe Dudley Stamp Memorial Award offers a number of small grants (up to £500) for PhD students or postdoctoral researchers in the early stages of their careers to assist them in research or study travel.

The award, formerly administered by the Royal Society, is now administered by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and awarded by the Trustees of the Dudley Stamp Memorial Award. 

Preference will be given to research that leads to the advancement of geography and to international co-operation in the study of the subject.  Applications are particularly welcome for projects which will strengthen links between geographers in the United Kingdom and those overseas.


22 February (each year)


  Dudley Stamp Memorial Award Guidelines (PDF)
  Dudley Stamp Memorial Award
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  Code of Practice for the Grants Programme (PDF)


2015 Dudley Stamp Memorial Award recipients

  Jonathan Hassall (University of Southampton). 'Reconstructing Holocene palaeoclimate in the South Pacific from terrestrial sediment archives'.

  Carey Doyle (Queen's University Belfast). 'Migrants: Identities, Space and Place'.

  David Walker (University of Newcastle). 'Vulnerability of shallow groundwater resources used for irrigation in rural communities in Ethiopia'.

  Fiona Clubb (University of Edinburgh). 'Examining the relationship between fluvial sediment characteristics and floodplain initiation'.

  Dr Ramon Pellitero Ondicol (Aberdeen University). 'Ice climate relations during the Late Quaternary in Northern Spain'.

  Maria Sanchez-Lopez (University of East Anglia). 'Mineral Extraction in a Plurinational State: Material and Discursive Governance of Lithium Mining, Bolivia'.

  Lauren Knight (University of Portsmouth). 'Timings and dynamics of glaciation in the Wicklow Mountains, Ireland'.

  Alexander Taylor (University of Cambridge). 'Underground Clouds: Subterranean Data Centres and the Securitisation of the Digital Future'.

  Tamara Green (St Andrews University). 'The impacts of climate change on sulphur biogeochemistry in a Caribbean coral reef system'.

  Reshaad Durgahee (University of Nottingham). 'Experiences of indentured labour and transnational identity in Mauritius and Fiji'.

  Vaibhav Kaul (University of Sheffield). 'Understanding and enhancing the adaptation and resilience of remote high-mountain communities to hydro-meteorological extremes and associated geophysical hazards in a changing climate'


About the Award

Lawrence Dudley Stamp (1898-1966) was an internationally renowned British geographer who served as President of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Institute of British Geographers. His Land Utilisation Survey of Great Britain in the 1930s and 1940s, a modern Domesday Book, sought to classify land use in Britain, and was undertaken with the help of enthusiastic teachers and school children who carried out much of the survey work.

Dudley Stamp worked to popularise the discipline of geography, and played a key role in promoting the teaching of the subject in schools. He travelled widely, assisting in the setting up of numerous land use surveys, while his reputation drew postgraduates from around the world to work on his projects.

The Dudley Stamp Memorial Award was established in 1967 to enable postgraduate geographers to travel in support of their research.

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