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RGS-IBG Small Research Grants

The Society offers several awards of up to £3,000 to individuals for original desk and/or field based research in any area of geography. Preference will be given to early career researchers.

2010 Small Research Grant recipient Dr Stephen Burrows - Investigating basal hydrology of the Greenland Ice sheet using an electronic tracing technique

Each year one grant of up to £3,000 will be made available from the 20th International Geographical Congress. This fund was established following the 20th International Geographical Congress held in London in 1964.

The Jasmin Leila Award of £250, and the Rob Potter Award of £1,500, will be given as a supplement to one of the projects supported under the Society’s Small Research Grant scheme, or as an independent award.


18 January (each year)


  RGS-IBG Small Research Grants guidelines (PDF)
RGS-IBG Small Research Grant Application Form (MSWORD)
  Code of Practice for the Grants Programme (PDF)

2017 Recipients

 Dr Daniel Schillereff (King's College London). 'Quantifying long-term natural and anthropogenic phosphorus fluxes using Holocene lake sediment profiles from southwest Norway'                                

 Dr Matthew Baddock (Loughborough University). 'Constraining dust emissions from a globally significant dust source'

 Dr Rachel Carr (Newcastle University). 'Evaluating the interaction between ice loss and surface debris characteristics on Annapurna South Glacier, Nepal'

 Dr Suzanne Beech (Ulster University). 'Experiencing the International Higher Education Recruitment Fair: The Role of Geography in Selling a UK Higher Education'

 Dr Colin Lorne (University of Manchester). 'Spatial politics and the English NHS: Examining how global policy mobilties shape local healthcare reform'

 Dr Charlotte Veal (University of Southampton). 'Choreographing military bodies: Aeromobilities, embodied geopolitics, and dance-based combat training with the British Parachute Regiment' (Jasmin Leila Award)

2016 Recipients

 Dr Aga Nowak (University of Sheffield). 'Investigation of the export of glacially derived carbon to downstream terrestrial and marine environments of the High Artic'

 Dr Tom Holt (Aberystwyth University). 'The influence of glacier structure, reflectivity and surface temperature on turbulent energy fluxes'

 Dr Tom Bradwell (University of Sterling). 'Does lichenometry really work? Evaluating growth-rate variability in yellow-green Rhizocarpon linchens'

 Dr Philipp Horn (Open University). 'Peri-urban land management: Integrating indigenous rights and a human rights-based approach in La Paz, Bolivia' (20 IGC)

 Dr George Adamson (King's College London). 'El Niño-Southern Oscillation and Geographies of Knowledge'

 Dr Lucy Jackson (University of Liverpool). 'Bodies that travel and the mobile state: State sovereignty and control of fleshy politics'

2015 Recipients

 Dr Rachel Carr (University of Newcastle). 'Evaluating the impact of a proglacial lake and debris cover on ice loss from Russell Glacier, west Greenland'

 Dr Amy Donovan (University of Cambridge). 'Science Diplomacy in North Korea' (20 IGC)

 Dr Lorenza Fontana (University of Sheffield). 'Indigenous voices: Assessing the impact of ‘Free, Prior and Informed Consultations’ among Amazon’s communities' (20 IGC)

 Dr Andrew Hardy (University of Aberystwyth). 'Mapping malaria breeding habitats using low cost UAVs'

 Dr Naho Mirumachi (King's College London). 'Investigating the link between water, conflict and security'

 Dr Lizzie Richardson (University of Cambridge). 'Creative Workplaces: the changing geographies of self-employment in the UK'

 Dr Allan Watson (Staffordshire University). 'Knowledge sharing and networking in regionally-scaled creative economies: the economic geography of north west England’s musical economy' (Jasmin Leila Award)

Small Research Grant recipients 2008 to 2014 (PDF)

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

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