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Dudley Stamp Memorial Award

2011 Dudley Stamp Memorial Award recipient Alison Banwell studies the hydrology of the Greenland ice sheetThe Dudley Stamp Memorial Award offers a number of small grants (up to £500) for PhD students or postdoctoral researchers in the early stages of their careers to assist them in research or study travel.

Preference will be given to research that leads to the advancement of geography and to international co-operation in the study of the subject.  Applications are particularly welcome for projects which will strengthen links between geographers in the United Kingdom and those overseas.


22 February (each year)


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2016 Dudley Stamp Memorial Award recipients

 Chantal Radley (Open University). ‘The Chilean Diaspora and the Making of Chilean Development: UK Based Chileans, Transnational Identities and Relationships to Home’

 Paul Weber (Portsmouth University). 'Ice-marginal processes and retreat dynamics of the plateau icefield Hardangerjøk'

 Charlotte  Clarke (University of Southampton). 'Survival in the cold: Uncovering cryptic glacial refugia for boreal and Arctic tundra plants using ancient DNA (aDNA) from lake sediments'

 Jazmin Scarlett (Hull University). 'The development of co-volcanic societies: the reciprocal relationships between the volcano La Soufrière and the society of St. Vincent, Lesser Antilles'

 Jennifer Chisholm (King's College, University of Cambridge). 'Land Rights and Racial Identity Politics in Rio de Janeiro'

 Stacy Carolin (Oxford University) 'Expanding the record of Indo-Pacific Warm Pool rainfall changes through new karst field site development'

 Daniel Schillereff (King's College London). 'What controls long-term phosphorus dynamics in UK ombrotrophic peatlands?'

 Darren Jones (University of Exeter). 'Investigating cryospheric water stores in central Asian rock glaciers using remote sensing, climate modelling drones and field study'

 Zahra Hussain (Durham University). 'Geographies of Emergency in Pakistan'

 Yiman Fang (University of Hull). 'Understanding the relationship between surface pollen and vegetation in southeast China: an aid to reconstruct past vegetation dynamics during Little Ice Age'

 Daniela Lainez del Pozo (University College London). 'Articulating Sustainability and Conservation in Marine Protected Areas in Northern Peru'


About the Award

Lawrence Dudley Stamp (1898-1966) was an internationally renowned British geographer who served as President of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Institute of British Geographers. His Land Utilisation Survey of Great Britain in the 1930s and 1940s, a modern Domesday Book, sought to classify land use in Britain, and was undertaken with the help of enthusiastic teachers and school children who carried out much of the survey work.

Dudley Stamp worked to popularise the discipline of geography, and played a key role in promoting the teaching of the subject in schools. He travelled widely, assisting in the setting up of numerous land use surveys, while his reputation drew postgraduates from around the world to work on his projects.

The Dudley Stamp Memorial Award was established in 1967 to enable postgraduate geographers to travel in support of their research.

In 2016 the Dudley Stamp Memorial Fund became a linked charity of the RGS-IBG.

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