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The Land Rover Bursary, run by the Society on behalf of Land Rover, offers funding  and the use of a 110 Defender vehicle.

The award is aimed at those who want to take a journey beyond their limits and boundaries, that offers challenges for the team and for which a Land Rover Defender 110 is an integral part of the expedition.

Your journey may connect you with schools, local communities or research projects but, whatever its aim, the team will be expected to inspire and engage others, both from the field and on return.

A bursary of £15,000 is available and in addition applicants can apply for a discretionary fund of up to £15,000 to support essential expedition related costs.


30 November (each year)


Land Rover Bursary guidelines (PDF)
Research Ethics and Code of Practice (PDF)

 Going above and beyond: stories and advice from the Field (PDF) offers tips on expedition planning, as well as sharing highlights and images of life in the field by the five teams who have cumulatively travelled across five continents and more than 100,000kms supported by the Land Rover Bursary to go 'above and beyond' their usual experiences, limits and boundaries.


Land Rover Bursary recipients

 2013: The Pole of Cold
Felicity Aston, Gisli Jonsson and Manu Palomeque

'The Pole of Cold' is a journey to chase the onset of winter across Europe and Siberia as far as the Pole of Cold, the coldest place in the northern hemisphere. The expedition will focus on winter as a geographical concept by exploring the social, cultural and physical implications of the season on the communities the team meet. While enduring testing cold-weather conditions, the team will combine adventure, geography and art to share stories of day-to-day life in extreme climates in order that others might draw inspiration from them to look again at winter and their own lifestyles during the coldest months.

The team will depart from the UK in November. Keep up to date with their progress via twitter and their website.

   2012: Pushing the Limits
Andy Campbell, Michael Dobson and Steve Locke

Led by disabled adventurer Andy, Pushing the Limits travelled from the UK to The Black Sea in an expedition which aimed to widen our understanding and enjoyment of the geography on our doorstep. The team sort to demonstrate that the exploration of a diversity of landscapes is within everyone’s reach, whatever their ability.

Beginning their journey in June 2012, Pushing the Limits travelled through Europe following the route of the River Danube. Using a wide range of equipment – including off-road wheelchair, handcycle, kayak and paraglider - and accessing remote off-road areas with the Land Rover Defender 110, Pushing the Limits explored their surroundings by water, land and air.

2011: Glacier in a Greenhouse

A team of Durham University students with a keen interest in glaciology undertook research on the North East outlet lobe of the plateau icefield of Þorisjökull; looking specifically at the subglacial drainage system of the glacier, glacial sedimentary deposits, debris transport within the ice, landsystems mapping and reconstructing glacier growth and decay. These elements of research gave a wider understanding of how the glacial system operates as a whole.

2010: Fault Line Living
Serena Davies, Tamsin Davies and Adam Whitaker

An arduous 12 week, 15,000 mile journey exploring the realities of life for people living along fault lines. From Iceland to Italy, Greece, Turkey and Iran. The team worked with school students, seismologists and talked to the local people of each country to uncover how different communities adapt to the challenges of fault line living.

2009: Atlantic Rising
William Lorimer, Tim Bromfield and Lynn Morris

Atlantic Rising’s journey traced what could be the new coastline of the ocean with projected sea level rise in the next century; they explored the places, people and histories that would be lost to the rising tide if climate change continues. The team have developed a programme of talks to both adults and school students. For more information contact info@atlanticrising.org.

2008: Latitude
Peter Lovell, Spike Reid and David Smith

Latitude travelled in a Land Rover Defender along the line of 50° North across Europe through Asia and Canada collecting stories of people's adaptations to their environments.


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