The Royal Geographical Society, RGS, (with the Institute of British Geographers, IBG) provides several scholarship grants to support undergraduate, Masters and PhD students in universities undertaking research. The Society's Grants Programme develops new knowledge and advances geographical science, supporting geographical research in the UK and overseas.
Through it’s activities in the UK and across the world The Geographical Society promote, support and enhance geographical research, education, fieldwork and expeditions, public engagement, knowledge transfer to policy, and the professional accreditation of geographers, as well as holding one of the world’s pre-eminent geographical collections that spans over 500 years of discovery and geographical science.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest and enthusiasm for the world’s peoples, places and environments.
The society welcomes new members and Fellows with a wide range of backgrounds and interests.
The Society offers scholarship Grants for students, graduates, early career and established researchers working in a variety of environments in the field or in desk based studies.
List of RGS Scholarship Grants
- Geographical Fieldwork Grants
The Geographical Fieldwork Grant is the Society’s longest running grant scheme. Every year, RGS helps between upwards of 20 teams of students and researchers get into the field. Several grants are available up to £3,000. The application deadline is 31 January (each year)
- Dudley Stamp Memorial Award
A number of small grants (up to £500) are offered to PhD students or postdoctoral researchers in the early stages of their careers to assist them in research or study travel leading to the advancement of geography and to international cooperation in the study of geography. Preference will be given to research that leads to the advancement of geography and to international co-operation in the study of the subject. The deadline is 22 February (each year)
- The Slawson Awards
The Society offers two to three awards annually, each between £1,000-£3,000, for PhD students intending to carry out geographical field research. The awards support geographical fieldwork involving development issues with a high social and economic value. Deadline is 22 February (each year)
- Frederick Soddy Award
The Frederick Soddy Postgraduate Award provides up to £6000 to support a PhD student/group of PhD students carrying out fieldwork/research on the study of the social, economic, and cultural life of a region anywhere in the world. Deadline is 18 January (each year)
- Geographical Club Award
The Club provides £1,000 to support a postgraduate student (Masters or PhD) undertaking geographical fieldwork or other forms of data collection in the UK or overseas to advance geographical knowledge or understanding. No restrictions are placed on research topic or location. Deadline date is 23 November (each year)
- Henrietta Hutton Research Grants
The Henrietta Hutton Memorial Fund offers research grants to undergraduate or postgraduate students to undertake field research overseas as an individual or as part of a team. The field research must last longer than four weeks, but does not have to be connected to the student’s academic studies. Application deadline is 18 January (each year)
- RGS-IBG Postgraduate Research Awards
The Society offers eight awards of £2,000 annually for PhD students undertaking fieldwork / data collection. These awards, offered to individuals, aim to help students establish themselves in their particular field. Awards are offered in each of the following areas: Physical environment; Conservation / Sustainability; Society / Economy. Deadline is 23 November (each year)
- Monica Cole Research Grant
The Grant offers £1,000 each year to a female physical geographer undergraduate or postgraduate student undertaking original fieldwork overseas. Deadline is 18 January (each year)
- Hong Kong Research Grant
The Society offers a single annual £2,500 research grant to a postgraduate student of any nationality who intends to undertake geographical research in the Greater China region (People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Macau SAR and Hong Kong SAR). Deadline for applications is 23 November (each year)
The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) is the UK's learned society and professional body for geography, founded in 1830 for the advancement of geographical sciences. Today, it is the leading centre for geographers and geographical learning. The Society's work reaches millions of people each year.
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