2019 Ralph Brown Award recipient Maria Beger (c) Carrie Sims
Every year we support over 60 fieldwork projects with our range of grants, many of which have application deadlines coming up over the next few weeks.
The Ralph Brown Expedition Award offers £12,500 to the leader of a research expedition working in an aquatic environment, including the study of coral reefs, rivers, lakes and shallow seas. Past recipients have explored the biodiversity of the headwater streams in the Temburong District, Brunei Darussalam, assessed the risk of marine microplastic to the Galapagos, and examined the community dynamics of subtropical corals.
If you’re a researcher planning fieldwork within the Arctic and/or a high mountain environment that advances the understanding of environmental change past or present, the Walters Kundert Fellowship offers an annual grant of £10,000. Previous recipients have explored the activity of cold-tolerant microbes in winter, quantified rates of permafrost thaw and plant productivity change over time in the Canadian Arctic, and investigated the processes of submarine melting and iceberg calving in Greenland.
The Thesiger-Oman International Fellowships offer awards of £8,000 for geographical research in the physical or human dimensions of arid and semi-arid environments. Past recipients have used sedimentary ancient DNA to identify past environmental changes, modelled closed aeolian systems in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, and assessed bedrock landslides in the north west Sahara.
If you’re a postgraduate researcher our Postgraduate Research Awards have supported PhD students in a range of fieldwork projects including reconstructing the long term ecology of Brava, Cape Verde, geospatial analysis of housing insecurity in Beirut, Lebanon, and investigating the timing of cataclysmic glacial outburst floods in the Channeled Scablands of North America. Up to £2,000 is available.
The deadline for all above grants is Monday 23 November.
If you’re an early career researcher looking to attend an international conference organised by a geographical scientific Union or Association formally affiliated with the International Science Council (ISC), then why not apply for our 30th International Geographical Congress Award? The deadline is Saturday 31 October.
Given the current uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Society is continuing to allocate funding to successful applicants, but funding will only be released when it is clear that it is safe and responsible for researchers to go into the field.
We have more grants available for undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers, with deadlines in the new year.
Find a grant.
Congratulations to Emily Chandler, who is the recipient of this year’s Rex Walford Award.
As part of Ada Lovelace Day, we asked five of our Chartered Geographers how using geographical thinking has supported them in their careers and why geography is important to them.
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