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Dudley Stamp Memorial Award
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Geographical Fieldwork Grants
Henrietta Hutton Research Grant
Hong Kong Research Grant
Learning & Leading Fieldwork Apprenticeships
Monica Cole Research Grant
RGS-IBG Postgraduate Research Award
Slawson Awards


There are many opportunities to participate in fieldwork, for example with clubs and societies, volunteering locally or overseas or taking a gap year between degree and employment.

Fieldwork 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 2015, the final year of the Learning and Leading programme, six Field Apprenticeships are available.

The Society provides funding for undergraduates through our student grants and for first year undergraduates through our Fieldwork Apprenticeships.


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 2015 Fieldwork Apprenticeship is 1700hrs on Friday 13 February 2015.  This deadline will be strictly enforced.

What could I do on a fieldwork apprenticeship?

To get an idea about the sort of research projects that previous Field Apprentices have participated in, take a look at what previous Apprentices have done.

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Learning & Leading or call: +44 (0)20 7591 3180

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