The Gilchrist Educational Trust offers an award of £15,000 to support original and challenging overseas fieldwork carried out by small teams of university academics and researchers.
The Gilchrist Fieldwork Award was created by the Gilchrist Educational Trust in 1990. It is administered by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).
The award is run biennially in even years and offers £15,000 to support a challenging overseas fieldwork project carried out by a team of established academics and researchers based in UK Higher Education Institutions or equivalent research establishments. The research should include a single field session of at least six weeks. There should be strong links and collaborations with local agencies and communities and local benefits should be demonstrated in applications.
The Award was not given in 2020. This page will be updated in Summer 2021 with details of future Awards.
2018: Dr Melissa Murphy (University College London). High Arctic Rivers: A source or sink for atmospheric carbon dioxide?
2016: Dr Farnon Ellwood (University of the West of England). How does converting tropical forest to oil palm affect ecosystem function?
2014: Dr Heidi Burdett (University of St Andrews). Past, present, future: determining the climate tolerance thresholds of Maldivian corals, and the impact this has on the nation’s natural capital
2012: Professor Stephen Darby (University of Southampton). Mud, Monsoons and the Mekong: Using Tonle Sap Lake Sediment Records to Derive a 5000 Year Record of the Asian Monsoon and its Impacts on Mekong River Flood Regimes
2010: The award was not given in 2010
2008: Dr Alun Hubbard (University of Wales Aberystwyth). An integrated field remote-sensing and modelling programme on Russell Glacier catchment of meltwater and basal glacial dynamic response
2006: Dr Neil Stuart (University of Edinburgh). Characterisation of the major vegetation assemblages found in the Rio Bravo savannas, radar and optical remote sensing
2004: Professor Andrew Warren (University of Oxford). The Dustiest Place on Earth: Measurement and Modelling of Dust Production and Transport in Northern Chad
2002: Dr Nick Branch (Royal Holloway, University of London). An examination of the long-term environmental history of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary, Peru, since the end of the last glaciation (10,000 years ago)
2000: Professor Peter Smart (University of Bristol). Exploration of the nature, and hydrological, geochemical and microbiological behaviour of the extensive underwater cave systems (and associated aquifer) which extends some 10km inland from the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula
1998: Dr Piers Vitebsky (Scott Polar Institute, University of Cambridge). A study of recent social economic and environmental changes in the northern part of the Sakha Republic, north-eastern Siberia, particularly the isolated hunting and reindeer-herding communities in the Verkhoyansk mountain range
1997: Dr Peter Lovatt (University of Aberdeen). Geological mapping of the northern Clavering Island to improve understanding of the Caledonian fold belt and younger cover rocks on Clavering Island. The work contributed to extensive studies made by the Cambridge Arctic Shelf Programme (CASP) during their East Greenland Project
1996: Dr Alistair Kirkbride (Lancaster University). The Chuja-Katun river system in the Altai mountains contains a legacy of large-scale fluvial landforms associated with cataclysmic flooding during the last glaciation and possibly before. This study documented the number, timing and magnitude of the catastrophic floods
1994: Dr David Nash (University of Brighton). A collaborative project between the universities of Brighton, Luton, Cape Town and Botswana to provide information on the past hydrology and dynamics of the Okavango Delta. A total of eight sediment cores were extracted and analysed from the field area
1992: Dr Tom Spencer (University of Cambridge). The expedition studied past environmental variability over geological time scales through topographic survey and fossil coral sampling in the Northern Cook Islands. Based on results derived from past and present environments, management strategies were outlined to prevent the deterioration of contemporary reef and lagoon environments in the northern Cook Islands, along with scenarios of future environmental change for the strategic planning needs of the Cook Islands Government
1990: Dr J A Briggs (University of Glasgow). Sustainable Agro-Ecological Development Potentials of Arid Environments Influenced by Groundwater Infiltration: A Study of the Wadi Allaqi Region, Southern Egypt. Research into the soil, water and vegetation resources of Wadi Allaqi, and the responses of the local Bedouin population to these resource opportunities were used to document the suitability of the Lake Nasser shorelands for managed and sustainable agricultural development
1990: Dr Sarah Metcalfe (Universities of Hull and Sheffield). A study of the Chihuahuan desert, northern Mexico since around 18,000 years BP, using cores of lake sediments. Present day diatoms, water quality and ecology were also collected
Small grants for PhD students or postdoctoral researchers in the early stages of their careers.
The Walters Kundert Fellowship offers an annual grant of £10,000 to support post-PhD field research within Arctic or high mountain environments.
A supplementary grant of £1,500 for development research, given in celebration of Rob Potter.
An annual award of £12,500 to an expedition working in an aquatic environment.
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