The Geographical Fieldwork Grants offer up to £3,000 to UK led research teams carrying out geographical field research overseas.
The Geographical Fieldwork Grant is the Society's longest running grant scheme. Every year, these grants enable upwards of 20 teams of students and researchers to get into the field.
The Geographical Fieldwork Grants are generously supported by a number of donors which include:
Macdonald Award, Gumby Award, Rio Tinto Award, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Educational Trust, Penruddocke-Park Lander Fund, Rod Whitney Bequest, Sir Douglas Busk, Ralph Brown Memorial Fund, HR Mill Trust Fund, Marjorie Sweeting Bequest, Violet Cressey-Marcks Fisher Fund, Barling Fisher Bequest, Gough Island Fund, Stephens Bequest, The Jeremy Willson Trust, the Alexander Awards and the Neil Thomas Proto Award.
Deadline: 31 January
Please read the grant guidelines and submit your application by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Arabella Borgstein (Glasgow University): 'University of Glasgow Egypt Marine Expedition 2017'
Building on previous Glasgow Egypt Marine Expedition work, this project aims to contribute to conservation efforts in the Red Sea by completing four research projects on the reefs of El Quseir, looking at coral bleaching, fish territory size and abiotic factors affecting photosynthetic and calcification rates of red coralline algae.
Sylvana Urbina (Sussex University): ‘Assessing effectiveness of ‘land-sharing’ conservation strategies in Chocoan Rainforest, Ecuador’
This project will assess the conservation success of a sustainable livelihood project in an Ecuadorian biodiversity hotspot. Using the Sustainable Cacao Project as a case study, the team will undertake field biodiversity surveys for multiple taxa across different land uses.
Lucy Wells (Exeter University): ‘Cloudforest Conservation Group: Expedition Cloudbridge 2017’
Building on the work of Expedition Cloudbridge 2016, this team aims to discover the most effective method of moth sampling and add to knowledge of the species that are present on the reserve in south-east Costa Rica. Epiphyte and organism interaction will also be studied. Findings will be used to highlight the importance of maintaining the reserve.
Sasha Charles (Durham University): ‘The glacial geomorphology of Skaftafell National Park glaciers, Iceland’
This expedition aims to collect geomorphological data from Skaftafell National Park to produce three undergraduate dissertations. The four person team will undertake studies of glacial deposits, debris entrainment and basal ice characteristics of the Svínafellsjökull glacier. Techniques such as field sketching, cross-profiling, sedimentological logging and analysis and ground truthing will be used.
Jancheng Yang (London School of Economics and Political Science): ‘Innovative Processes and Urban Changes in Shanghai’
This project looks how redevelopment, technological innovation and professional practice are shaping Shanghai’s urban environment. The team will use qualitative methods, including in-depth interviews and surveys, combined with selected quantitative analysis such as socio-economic indexes and transportation usage estimates.
Manoj Paudel (London School of Economics and Political Science): ‘Economic Geography of Entrepreneurship in Western Nepal’
After the earthquake of 2015, the government of Nepal has tried to foster economic growth by encouraging entrepreneurship. This project looks at the effectiveness of government programs in stimulating entrepreneurial activity across different geographies and aims to provide insights on the economic geography of entrepreneurship in low-income and less-urbanized countries.
Max Henderson (Newcastle University): ‘Investigating ecological responses to changing environments, Costa Rica’
The aim of the project is to better understand climate change consequences for global reptile populations by investigating links between drought aestivation and chronic stress in crocodiles, and to study the effects of habitat fragmentation on vulnerable indicator species by comparing pollinator networks in undisturbed areas to those subject to management.
Thomas Marceau (Exeter University): ‘Project Loholoka 2017’
Project Loholoka 2017 will study the same humid coastal forest in south-east Madagascar as Expedition Loholoka 2014. This forest currently has no conservation measures in place, although preliminary studies suggest the area is rich in biodiversity. The Project Loholoka 2017 team will be replicating the surveys conducted three years ago to see how the biodiversity of the forest has changed, whilst testing the amphibians surveyed for chytrid fungus. The findings will inform the work of conservation groups, local people and the Madagascan government on how Loholoka’s ecosystem should be managed.
Larissa Heinisch (London School of Economics and Political Science): ‘Interpreting Informal Human Geographies’
This project will investigate informality in developing cities, with the objective of tracing top-down and bottom-up urban processes at the intersection of housing, livelihood and resilience. Through physical documentation and ethnographic interviews of actors effecting the community, the project aims to understand and analyse the urbanization impacts of people living in Vila Prudente, an urban community in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Holly Chubb (Newcastle University): ‘Geomorphological processes of a glaciated region, Svalbard’
The over-arching aim of this project is to understand the geomorphological and glaciological processes operating on land-terminating glaciers in Svalbard. Additional goals include assessing glacial retreat rates, the effect of debris on melt, and the efficiency of the glacial hydrological system. The team will collect data on water chemistry, ablation and stream velocity, and analysed in laboratories.
Anoushka Carter (Exeter University): ‘Notice The Nomads’
In Mongolia, rural poverty triggered by a combination of unemployment, low incomes, desertification, climate change and natural disasters have led many people to leave their traditional way of life for urban centres. Using semi-structured interviews, informal discussions and ethnographies, this research expedition aims to investigate the causes, effects and consequences of rural to urban migration of nomadic pastoralists from the Mongolian steppe to the so-called ‘Ger’ district of the capital city, Ulaanbaatar.
James Linighan (Newcastle University): ‘Annapurna South Glacier Scientific Expedition’
A team of three MSc students will conduct research on Annapurna South Glacier to evaluate the controls on ice surface melt rates. The evolution and spatial distribution of ice cliffs and melt ponds on the glacier surface will be studied using high-accuracy dGPS measurements, the Structure from Motion (SfM) technique and radar datasets. The sources of debris onto the glacier surface will be investigated, and the impact of differences in debris thickness and characteristics on glacier melt rates will be assessed. These data will be combined to produce three Masters theses, with the aim of publishing at least one scientific journal article per project.
Caroline Yormesor (Portsmouth University): ‘Assessing Vulnerabilities, Hazards and Risks in Dominica’
The aim of this project is to link knowledge to practice by enhancing risk reduction and management in alignment with key focal areas outlined by the Caribbean Disaster Management Agency (CDEMA), Dominica Red Cross and Dominica’s Office of Disaster Management. Data on landslide hazards will be collected and risk and hazard maps created.
Geographical Fieldwork Grant recipients 2010-2016
An annual award of £5,000 for a challenging expedition or research project which furthers our knowledge of the planet, its cultures, peoples and environments.
An award run by the Society on behalf of Jaguar Land Rover, offering £30,000 and the use of a vehicle to make a challenging journey that promotes a wider understanding or enjoyment of geography.
Grants of £1,500 for first year undergraduate geography students to participate in a fieldwork project.
Run in partnership with BBC Radio 4, this award offers £5,000 to make a 'journey of a lifetime' and the chance to tell the world about it in a radio documentary.
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