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Dudley Stamp Memorial Award

The Dudley Stamp Memorial Award offers a number of £500 grants every year for PhD students or postdoctoral researchers.

About the 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.

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 geographers in the early stages of their careers to travel in support of their research. In 2016 the Dudley Stamp Memorial Fund became a linked charity of the RGS-IBG.

Deadline: 23 November


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The Dudley Stamp Memorial Award is given through the RGS-IBG Postgraduate Research Awards scheme. 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


2023 recipients

Brian Nalumenya (Coventry University) Strategies for sustainable water resources management in Uganda

Maria Mills (University of Leicester) Investigating the accuracy of stem respiration estimates: scaling methods, and vertical and diurnal variation

Elise Dehaen (University of Exeter) Hydraulic conductivity and litter production in Colombian peatlands: field measurements for improved peatland carbon modelling in JULES

Sophie Manson (Oxford Brookes University) Quantifying the value of wildlife-friendly farming practices and their effect on ecosystem services in smallholder coffee farms in West Java, Indonesia

Gopikaa Vijayakumar (University of Glasgow) Oxic methane production in Arctic Wetlands (OMPArc)


2022 recipients

Kenta Sayama (University of Oxford) Evaluating the importance of geocultural context for the conservation of Quaternary Palaeoenvironment Archives in Sharjah, UAE

Anna Stanworth (University of Exeter) Assessing Ecosystem Service Provision from Local to Landscape Scale in Papua New Guinea

Matthew Beach (Queen Mary University of London) Connective Tissues: (Un)lively Materialities of Gelatine and Collagen

Rosie Knowles (Royal Holloway, University of London) Re-imagining Liminal Therapeutic Landscapes

Emma Watts (University of Southampton) The 2018 rift eruption of Kilauea: Pyroclastic deposits and eruption dynamics of Fissure 17

Juniper Kiss (University of Southampton) Swidden agriculture meets new soil etagenomics approach in Papua New Guinea

Dhaval Joshi (University of Edinburgh) Peeping down, looking forward: exploring the knowledge(s) of groundwater governance in India

Emma Underwood (Kingston University London) Parameterising range-shift predictions for mechanistic distribution models using demographic data in a Biodiversity Hotspot

Alejandra Pizarro Choy (University of St Andrews) The geopolitical ecology of conservation funding: Discourse and power in counter illegal wildlife trade programmes in Peru

Natasha Mannion (Newcastle University) Understanding the role of hunting in mammal biodiversity responses to infrastructure expansion in the Heart of Borneo


Dudley Stamp Memorial Award recipients 2014-2021