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Peter Fleming Award
Ralph Brown Expedition Award
Thesiger-Oman Fellowships
Small Research Grants
Jasmin Leila Award
Gilchrist Fieldwork Award
Dudley Stamp Memorial Award
Thirtieth International Geographical Congress Award
Environment and Sustainability Research Grants
Walters Kundert Fellowship
Alexander Awards Field Apprenticeships
Rob Potter Award

Research grants

Each year, the Society supports a range of field and desk-based research projects, from established researchers undertaking cutting edge fieldwork to early career academics working on smaller projects. We also support early career academics attending geographical conferences.

Environment and Sustainability Grants

Rising water levels and subsequent breaching of banks during flooding in Kratie, Eastern Cambodia. Image ©Richard Campion 2013

Awards for projects investigating environmental sustainability

Ralph Brown Expedition Award

Ralph Brown Expedition Award » Image: 2011 recipient Dr Phillip Dustan, with Orla Doherty and Abigail Alling (Biosphere Foundation and University of Charleston). The Menjangan Island Reef Project Indonesia, seeks to preserve ocean biodiversity in Marine Protected Areas, by defining the tipping point between reef degradation and collapse of fish populations

Award for expeditions working in aquatic environments

Thesiger-Oman Fellowship

Thesiger Oman International Fellowship Award » Image: Troy Sternberg, recipient of the 2011 Award views anti-dessertification squares in China

Award for research in arid or semi arid environments


RGS-IBG Small Research Grants

Small Research Grant » Image: 2009 Small Research Grant recipient Dr Ruth Evans holds a workshop for young people caring for their siblings in child- and youth- headed households in Uganda

Several awards for original desk or field based research

Gilchrist Fieldwork

Gilchrist Fieldwork Award » Image: 2004 Gilchrist Fieldwork Award recipient Professor Andrew Warren and his team carried out their project in the ‘Dustiest Place on Earth’, northern Chad

Biennial award for overseas field research

Walters Kundert Fellowship 

Awards for research in high mountain or Arctic environments


Thirtieth International Geographical Congress

Grants to assist with conference attendance


Field Centre Grants

Field Centre Grants » Image: Gobabeb Research Centre Namibia - 2012 recipient Dr Kevin White integrates new techniques for dune surveying, in order to extend the Gobabeb dune database

Grants to support research at international field centres




Dudley Stamp Memorial Award

Dudley Stamp Memorial Award » Image: 2011 Dudley Stamp Memorial Award recipient Robert Barnett carries out sea-level research in northern Norway

Several awards for PhD students or postdoctoral researchers

Alexander Awards: Field Apprenticeships

Funding for undergraduate fieldwork opportunities



The Peter Fleming Award offered funding for research projects that advance geographical knowledge. These awards are no longer given. Find out more about the award and past supported projects.

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