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RGS-IBG Postgraduate Research Awards

The Society offers awards of up to £2,500 for PhD students undertaking fieldwork/data collection. These awards, offered to individuals, aim to help students establish themselves in their particular field.

2010 Postgraduate Research Award recipient Anna Muir collecting amphibian data in order to predict impacts of climate change on distributions, genomic composition and adaptation

Awards can be offered in each of the following areas: physical environment; conservation and sustainability; society and economy.


23 November (each year)


  Postgraduate Research Awards application guidelines (PDF)
  Code of Practice for the Grants Programme (PDF)

2017 RGS-IBG Postgraduate Research Award recipients

 Marie Arnaud (University of Leeds). ‘Belowground carbon cycling in mangrove forests’ (Ralph Brown Memorial Award)

 Katarzyna Baran (University of Cambridge). ‘South-South Cooperation as seen by the “Others”: Recipients’ perceptions of development cooperation - the case of Brazilian cooperation in Haiti’ (Albert Reckitt Award)

 Angharad Butler-Rees (University of Southampton). ‘Disability Activism in times of Austerity’ (Albert Reckitt Award)

 Lyn-Kristin Hosek (University of Birmingham). ‘Urban Forestry, Livelihoods and Accra’s Poor’ (Albert Reckitt Award)

 Monika Mendelova (University of Edinburgh). ‘Resolving puzzles of the Last Glacial Cycle in Central Patagonia’ (Walters Kundert Grant)

 Rachel Seary (University of Cambridge). ‘The impact of future environmental change on mangrove-fishery-community linkages in Bali, Indonesia’ (Albert Reckitt Award)

 Paul Weber (University of Portsmouth). ‘Assessing the behaviour of mid-latitude and Arctic plateau icefields in response to changes in climate’ (Walters Kundert Grant)

Postgraduate Research Award recipients 2008-2017

For further information on these projects, including a summary of the research and expedition reports, please browse the Society's Expeditions Database.

About the Award

The RGS-IBG Postgraduate Research Awards were established in 2008, to support PhD students undertaking research and fieldwork. From 2008-2013 these were supported by a private donor. 

From 2014, the RGS-IBG Postgraduate Research Awards annually will include two Albert Reckitt Awards. These are to be supported in perpetuity with residual funds of The Albert Reckitt Charitable Trust. The Albert Reckitt Charitable Trust was established in 1946 with the purpose of making grants to a wide variety of registered charities, including non-political charities connected with the Society of Friends.   

From 2017, the RGS-IBG Postgraduate Research Awards annually will include three Walters Kundert Grants. These grants are to be supported in perpetuity by the Walters Kundert Charitable Trust through a permanent endowment to the Society. The Walters Kundert Charitable Trust also supports post-doctoral research through the Walters Kundert Fellowship.

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