The Society offers awards of up to £2,000 for PhD students undertaking fieldwork/data collection to advance geographical knowledge. These awards, offered to individuals, aim to help students establish themselves in their particular field.
The RGS-IBG Postgraduate Research Awards were established in 2008 to support PhD students undertaking research and fieldwork. Applicants must be registered at a UK Higher Education Institution. Preference is given to students who do not receive full funding from a research council, university or comparable levels of support from other sources for fieldwork and data collection.
The RGS-IBG Postgraduate Research Awards include Albert Reckitt Awards, Walters Kundert Grants, the Geographical Club Award, Hong Kong Research Grants and the Dudley Stamp Memorial Award.
Deadline: 23 November
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Alejandra Pizarro Choy (University of St Andrews) The geopolitical ecology of conservation funding: Discourse and power in counter illegal wildlife trade programmes in Peru
Anna Stanworth (University of Exeter) Assessing ecosystem service provision from local to landscape scale in Papua New Guinea
Sophie Erfurth (University of Oxford) Institutional trust and collective action in groundwater user groups in Tunisia
Kenta Sayama (University of Oxford) Evaluating the importance of geocultural context for the conservation of Quaternary Palaeoenvironment Archives in Sharjah, UAE
Charlie Hackforth (University College London) Insect-mediated ecosystem functioning in Congolese Peat Swamp Forest: consequences of dung beetle activity on peat formation
Emma Underwood (Kingston University London) Parameterising range-shift predictions for mechanistic distribution models using demographic data in a Biodiversity Hotspot
Dhaval Joshi (University of Edinburgh) Peeping down, looking forward: exploring the knowledge(s) of groundwater governance in India
Emma Watts (University of Southampton) The 2018 rift eruption of Kilauea: Pyroclastic deposits and eruption dynamics of Fissure 17
Conner Morison (University of Edinburgh) Environmental and Societal Impacts of the 939 AD Eldgjá Fissure Eruption, Iceland
Juniper Kiss (University of Southampton) Swidden agriculture meets new soil etagenomics approach in Papua New Guinea
Matthew Beach (Queen Mary University of London) Connective tissues: (Un)lively materialities of gelatine and collagen
Natasha Mannion (Newcastle University) Understanding the role of hunting in mammal biodiversity responses to infrastructure expansion in the Heart of Borneo
Michael Wenborn (Oxford Brookes University) Scoping assessment of the challenges of co-existence of elephants and rural communities
Rosie Knowles (Royal Holloway, University of London) Re-imagining Liminal Therapeutic Landscapes
Rosemary Huck (University of Oxford) Quantifying soil crust erodibility in fragile semi-arid dune systems
William Harcourt (University of St Andrews) Measuring and monitoring glacier calving in Svalbard using a multisensor approach
Daniela Soto (University of Sussex) The Lithium Pyramid in South America: narratives and territorialities in the context of lithium extraction
Emanuele Amo (Aberystwyth University) The theoretical and practical impact of Slow Food's communities on the notion of food sovereignty
Hao Lu (University of Exeter) Sustainable conservation of vernacular heritage in Chinese villages: case studies of Jiangxi and Hubei Provinces
Lydia Katsis (University of Southampton) Safeguarding the tropical forests of Belize: integrating the acoustic landscape into anti-poaching patrol design and evaluation
Subject to final approval:
Selma Benyovszky (University of Reading) The water-energy nexus in Algeria: the government water discourse and its interrelation with the hydrocarbon sector
Arianna Tozzi (University of Manchester) Disentangling (ground) waterscapes: understanding everyday experiences of resilience in drought-affected areas of Maharashtra, India
Viviana Pupeza (University of Cambridge) Cape to Cairo Urban Transformations under Cecil Rhodes, 1890-1914
Holly Chubb (Newcastle University) The implications of glacier recession for mass movement processes and hazards
Amy Reid (Ulster University) Investigating the relationship between emotional geographies and border politics in post-conflict Cyprus
Leandra Stracquadanio (University of Brighton) African Ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) distribution and behavioural ecology in relation to electric fences
Eilidh Watson (University of Glasgow) Investigating the energy access impacts, needs and ambitions of women in rural Malawi under three electricity access scenarios
Yu-Kai Liao (Durham University) Crustacean Capitalism in The Amphibious Mekong Delta: Dynamic Relations of Land-water and Agro-aquaculture
Gergana Daskalova (University of Edinburgh) Shifting Arctic landscapes and biodiversity change in a warming tundra
Georgia Hollands (University of Southampton) The influence of landscape on be stressors in Belize
Nathaniel Baurley (University of Southampton) The use of ultra-high resolution UAV imagery in mapping the distribution and long-term evolution of surface features on the lower ice surface of an actively calving glacier in SE Iceland
Cristina Balaban (Durham University) Testing the competing influence of winds and topography during the past glaciation of the Southern Carpathians, Romania
Casarin Giada (University of Bristol) Social mixing in schools and neighbourhoods: A comparative study of Italy and the UK
Michael Myers (University of Edinburgh) Landscapes of Anxiety Exploring the role of brokers and indigeneity in assembling participatory forest governance in East Kalimantan, Indonesia
Dylan Beard (University of Plymouth) Glaciers as a secondary source of anthropogenic contaminants in the Peruvian Andes
Hibba Mazhary (University of Oxford) Distancing death: Welfare, slaughter and consumption in the British halal meat industry
Sarah Fischel (University College London) Multi-Species Care and Coral Reef Restoration in Bonaire
Meiyun Meng Birkbeck (University of London) Highly Educated Female Migrants’ Production of Home Spaces and Their Negotiations of Gendered Power in Contemporary Shenzhen
Liam Taylor (University of Leeds) Developing a novel open source early warning system for glacial outburst floods
Linshu Feng (University of Cambridge) The control of dams on the sediment nutrient pool: A comparative study of two large rivers in SE Asia
Kate Hood (Queen Mary University of London) Im/possible ecologies: poetic geographies in and against the Anthropocene - fieldwork was unable to do ahead due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Benjamin Boyes (University of Brighton). 'Deglaciation of the Kola Peninsula, northwest Arctic Russia, during the Last Glacial-Interglacial Transition' - fieldwork was unable to do ahead due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Postgraduate Research Awards recipients 2008-2019
Small grants for PhD students or postdoctoral researchers in the early stages of their careers.
Two annual grants of £1,000 to PhD students for geographical fieldwork or data collection.
Grants of up to £2,500 for students undertaking geographical research in the Greater China region.
Grants of £500 for undergraduate or postgraduate students undertaking overseas fieldwork.
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