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There are many opportunities to participate in fieldwork; within and outside of your undergraduate studies, with clubs and societies, volunteering locally or overseas during the holidays or taking a gap year between degree and employment. The Society provides funding for undergraduates through our student grants and for first year undergraduates through our fieldwork apprenticeships.

Fieldwork apprenticeships

Each year, we award five bursaries to support first year university geography students to work as apprentices on overseas fieldwork during the summer. Each student will be involved with a research project, led by a lecturer at their institution.


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

  • Recommendations to academics (PDF)
  • Recommendations to students (PDF)


    The deadline for applying for the 2014 Fieldwork Apprenticeship has now passed. Please keep checking the website for information about the 2015 grant which will be uploaded later in the year. To find out more about 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.

    What could I do on a fieldwork apprenticeship?

    Watch this space to find out more about what this year's students are doing on their research projects.

    Find out what previous fieldwork apprentices did »

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