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There are many opportunities to participate in fieldwork as an undergraduate or recent graduate; for example with clubs and societies, volunteering locally or overseas or taking a gap year between degree and employment. The Society also provides funding through our student grants and for first year undergraduates through the Learning and Leading Field Apprenticeships.

Field Apprenticeships

Each year since 2009 we have awarded a small number of bursaries that have given first year university geography students the opportunity to participate in overseas research projects led by a lecturer at their university. The £2,000 grant awarded to each first year student allows them to spend several weeks of their summer holiday taking part in a research project that can take place across the globe and be based on any topic as long as the fieldwork meets the criteria below.

In 2016, the final year of the Learning and Leading programme, six Field Apprenticeships are available.


Former academic mentors share their comments on the scheme for academics and students:

Application Information

To find out how to apply and what to expect from the Field Apprenticeship grant, see the documents below or contact Charlie Eustace, the Learning and Leading Project Coordinator by email on landl@rgs.org or telephone on 0207 7591 3180.

The deadline for applying for the 2016 Fieldwork Apprenticeship has been extended to 9 May 2016.  

Interviews for short-listed candidates will be arranged once the selections have been made.  

What could my Field Apprenticeship look like?

To get an idea about the sort of research projects that previous Field Apprentices have participated in, take a look at our Meet the Participants page here.


Sep. 2015 - Aug. 2016 is the 'Year of Fieldwork', a collaboration between RGS-IBG, Field Studies Council, Esri UK, the Geographical Association and Ordnance Survey. Find out more here: @yearoffieldwork

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