The Peter Smith Award offers £1,000 to a team of second year undergraduate geography students undertaking fieldwork overseas.
The Peter Smith Award, offered through the Society’s Geographical Fieldwork Grants, was launched in 2020.
Peter Smith was a long-standing supporter and Trustee of the Society, with boundless enthusiasm for geography, the outdoors and for learning. To learn more about Peter and his legacy, please read more here.
From 2015 to 2020, a named lecture in his memory opened the annual Explore weekend. From 2020, the funds generously donated in his name will support fieldwork and student learning, through the Peter Smith Award.
The purpose of the award is to support the development of second year undergraduate geography students through international field-based research, with applications from across the breadth of the discipline welcomed. The first Award was delayed until 2022 because of the travel restrictions of Covid.
Interested in applying? The deadline for applications through the Geographical Fieldwork Grants is 15 February. Find out more.
All prospective grant applicants are encouraged to read our Advice and Resources pages, which include more information about the grants programme, its conditions, how to apply for a grant and what is expected if your application is successful. Please read this information carefully and send your application, or any enquiries, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2023: Oscar Turner, James Chapman and Agnes Liddell (University of Oxford): Project Amu Darya - An Oral History of the Aral Sea Crisis
Project Amu Darya is an official Oxford University Expedition that will travel along the Zeravshan and Amu Darya rivers (Tajikistan and Uzbekistan). Along these Aral Sea tributaries, the project will collect oral histories of the socioecological breakdown of these waterways. This project will be the first to record and relate the upstream voices of the Aral Sea Crisis. The recorded interviews will form an educational film, made in collaboration with students from Uzbek universities including Westminster International University in Tashkent. This research will be shared via film festivals and educational platforms in both Uzbekistan and Britain.
2022: Lucy Friend, Emily Willans, Molly Aspinwall (Newcastle University) Glacier de Miage and Lex Blanche Glacier Expedition
This expedition aims to investigate supraglacial pond pollution and the composition and successional patterns of vegetation at the Glacier de Miage and Lex Blanche Glacier, Italy. To assess pond pollution, the team will sample the water, invertebrates, diatoms and sediments, which will then be processed and analysed in Newcastle University’s laboratories. The relationship between vegetation composition and soil conditions will be explored separately at both glaciers through quadrat counts and laboratory analysis of soil samples. Primary outputs from this research include individual research dissertations, in fulfilment of degrees in physical geography at Newcastle University, and presentations to Newcastle students.
Grants of £1,500 for first year and second undergraduate geography students to participate in a fieldwork project.
Three annual awards of £15,000 for early career researchers.
An annual award of £12,500 to an expedition working in an aquatic environment.
Awards of £8,000 for research in the physical or human dimensions of arid and semi-arid environments.
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