Every year the Royal Geographical Society supports over 60 fieldwork projects with a range of grants, many of which have application deadlines in the coming months.

Deadlines 31 October and 23 November.

Apply now for our 2022 grants

Every year we support over 60 fieldwork projects with our range of grants, many of which have application deadlines in the coming months.

The Ralph Brown Expedition Award offers £12,500 to the leader of a research expedition working in an aquatic environment, including the study of coral reefs, rivers, lakes and shallow seas. Past recipients have mapped the extent and vulnerability of Central American peatland carbon stocks, determined river erosion rates and collected geomorphic observations in the Azores and Madeira archipelagos, and examined the community dynamics of subtropical corals.

If you’re a researcher planning fieldwork within the Arctic and/or a high mountain environment that advances the understanding of environmental change past or present, the Walters Kundert Fellowship offers an annual grant of £10,000. Previous recipients have assessed the ice contents and water supplies of rock glaciers in Nepal, pioneered in situ, multidisciplinary investigations into the biogeochemical form and function of glaciofluvial sediment environments, and investigated the processes of submarine melting and iceberg calving in Greenland.

The Thesiger-Oman International Fellowships offer awards of £8,000 for geographical research in the physical or human dimensions of arid and semi-arid environments. Past recipients have studied grazing pressure in the Dhofar Mountains of Oman by tracking daily herd movements, explored Holocene environmental change in eastern Jordan, and used sedimentary ancient DNA to identify past environmental changes.

If you’re a postgraduate researcher our Postgraduate Research Awards have supported PhD students in a range of fieldwork projects including measuring and monitoring glacier calving in Svalbard, integrating the acoustic landscape into antipoaching patrol design and evaluation in tropical forests in Belize, and the theoretical and practical impact of slow food communities on the notion of food sovereignty. Up to £2,000 is available.

The deadline for all the above grants is Monday 23 November.

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If you’re an early career researcher looking to attend an international conference organised by a geographical scientific Union or Association formally affiliated with the International Science Council (ISC), then why not apply for our 30th International Geographical Congress Award? The deadline is Saturday 31 October.

The awards are for early career researchers (post PhD) currently affiliated with a UK Higher Education Institution. Applicants must be UK/EU nationals. Preference will be given to applicants within 6 years of completion of a PhD, presenting papers and seeking to cover travel expenses, although help with conference fees, accommodation, and maintenance costs will also be considered. Applicants must demonstrate the geographical nature of both the conference and the work they will present.

Priority will be given for conferences outside Europe and North America. Attendance at AAG, CAG or the RGS-IBG Annual Conference is not eligible for support from this award.

Deadline: 31 October
 
All prospective grant applicants should read our Advice and Resources pages, which include more information about the grants programme, its conditions, and what is expected if your application is successful. Please read this information carefully and send your completed application form, or any enquiries, by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Image from RGS: Grant recipient Nathaniel Baurley setting up the dGPS base station on an area of stable ground near the glacier margin on 7 July 2021. Courtesy of Nathaniel Baurley.

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