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Dudley Stamp Memorial Award

The Dudley Stamp Memorial Award is offered as part of the Society's Postgraduate Research Awards scheme. A number of small grants (up to £500) are awarded every year for PhD students or postdoctoral researchers in the early stages of their careers to assist them in research or study travel.

2011 Dudley Stamp Memorial Award recipient Alison Banwell studies the hydrology of the Greenland ice sheet

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.


23 November (each year)


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2017 Dudley Stamp Memorial Award recipients

 Morgan Saeg (Cambridge University). 'Equal Opportunities on Ice: Gendered institutional change in 20th century Antarctic science'

 Paolo Strampelli (Oxford University). 'Informing large carnivore conservation and conflict mitigation strategies in Tanzania's Ruaha-Rungwa through large-scale assessments of status, distribution and threats'

 Nida Rehman (Cambridge University). 'Urban Vectors: The Politics and Practices of Public Health in Lahore'

 Jo Hickman Dunne (Loughborough University). 'People, Place, Process: Geographies of Outdoor Education in the Outward Bound Trust'

 Jess Fisher (Kent University). 'Benefits of biodiversity: human-wildlife interactions in urban Guyana'

 Gemma Ives (Sheffield University). 'A documentary reconstruction of the Indian monsoon from 1730 to present and its implications for society'

 Emily Potter (Cambridge University). 'High-altitude meteorological analysis of the Khumbu Valley, Nepalese Himalayas'

 Matthew Tomkins (Manchester University). 'Schmidt Hammer exposure dating (SHED): A new calibration curve for the Pyrenees'

 Hadyn Thomas (Edinburgh University). 'Experimental assessment of growth and phenology of Arctic tundra shrubs'

 Julia Kelly (Swansea University). 'GREENhouse GAs flux uPscaling (GREEN GAP) – improved understanding of key ecosystem processes using remote sensing and ground-based measurements'

 Linley Hastewell (Portsmouth University). 'The effect of storm waves on boulder transport and shore platform evolution at Bembridge, Isle of Wight'

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.

In 2016 the Dudley Stamp Memorial Fund became a linked charity of the RGS-IBG.

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