All Fellows and members of the Society are able to nominate candidates for a medal or award.
Nominations should consist of a completed nomination form (which includes a statement of 200-300 words outlining why the candidate should receive the award), a curriculum vitae (CV) of the nominee, and the written support of two or three additional Fellows or members of the Society. Supporters should submit their letters of support (200-300 words) to the Society independently. The membership numbers of the proposer and supporters should be included in all correspondence.
All nomination materials, including letters from the supporting Fellows and members should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5.00pm on Monday 26 February 2018.
Please refer to the full nomination guidelines for further information on the nomination process, including whether two or three supporting letters are required.
Gold Medals - Founder’s and Patron’s Medals for the encouragement and promotion of geographical science and discovery. Both Gold Medals are approved by Her Majesty The Queen.
Victoria Medal for conspicuous merit in research in geography.
Busk Medal for conservation research or for fieldwork abroad in geography or in a geographical aspect of an allied science.
Cherry Kearton Medal and Award for a traveller concerned with the study or practice of natural history, with a preference for those with an interest in nature photography, art or cinematography.
Murchison Award for publications judged to contribute most to geographical science in preceding recent years.
Back Award for applied or scientific geographical studies which make an outstanding contribution to the development of national or international public policy.
Cuthbert Peek Award for those advancing geographical knowledge of human impact on the environment through the application of contemporary methods, including those of earth observation and mapping.
Gill Memorial Award for the encouragement of geographical research in early career researchers* who have shown great potential (*defined as within 10 years of completing their PhD).
Ordnance Survey Awards in recognition of excellence in geography education at secondary level.
Taylor and Francis Award for excellence in the promotion and practice of teaching and learning in Higher Education.
Ness Award for travellers, particularly those who have successfully popularised geography and the wider understanding of our world and its environments.
Geographical Award for a company or individual that had provided outstanding (non-commercial) support for individuals or groups learning through scientific expeditions; or for an expedition(s) that has had a significant impact in inspiring and raising the understanding of geographical issues among schools or the public.
Honorary membership for outstanding services and contributions to a geographical dimension of public life.
Honorary Fellowship for service to the cause of geography or to the work of the Society.*
(*It is expected that a recipient’s activities over a number of years will have resulted in a substantive benefit to the discipline of geography or to the Society, beyond any contribution arising from the recipient’s regular employment.)
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