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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.

The award, formerly administered by the Royal Society, is now administered by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and awarded by the Trustees of the Dudley Stamp Memorial Award. 

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)


  Dudley Stamp Memorial Award Guidelines (PDF)
  Dudley Stamp Memorial Award
Application Form (MSWORD)
  Research Ethics and Code of Practice (PDF)


2013 Dudley Stamp Memorial Award recipients

  Donald John MacAllister (Imperial College London). 'Improving Groundwater Quality Management for Rural Water Supply in India'

  Christopher Darvill (University of Durham). 'Quaternary glacial & environmental change in Tierra del Fuego, southern South America'

  Hussam Hussein (University of East Anglia). 'The constructed space of water and climate change in a contested topography: how does climate change discourse(s) shape water policies on different scales in the Lower Jordan River?'

  Ciaran Robb (Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge). 'Using airborne remote sensing to investigate glacier geomorphic processes - Iceland'

  Bianca Capasso (University of Leeds). 'Rubber plantations on the China-Laos border: the impact of the politics of power relations on social differentiation and class formation'

  Matthew Standell (Loughborough University). 'The pattern, timing and dynamics of glaciation in the Cairngorms, Scotland'

  Philip Robinson (Durham University). 'Veterinary geographies of disease control: bovine tuberculosis in Northern Ireland'

  Stefanie Lutz (University of Leeds). 'Biogeographical distribution of snow algae on Icelandic glaciers and their influence on albedo and glacial melting - Iceland'

  Sebastian Gibson (University of Cambridge). 'The Pleistocene History of the Birmingham District'

  Cordelia Freeman (University of Nottingham). 'The Cultural Geographies of the Chilean Borderlands'

  Teresa Maria Marang Weimer (University of Sheffield). 'Physical, Socio-Economic and Policy Feedbacks of Wildfires in Mozambique – Case Study: Gorongosa National Park'


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.

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