RGS-IBG Postgraduate Research Award 2020

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Last updated on: 01-Jul-2020
EligibilityPhD students
RegionUnited Kingdom
AwardGrant of up to GBP 2,000

About the Program

The Royal Geographical Society with IBG (RGS-IBG) invites applications for Postgraduate Research Awards from students pursuing PhD courses and ready to undertake fieldwork/ data collection in the United Kingdom or overseas preferably in research related to geographical knowledge and its applied benefits. The recipients will be awarded a grant of GBP 500 to GBP 2,000. 

  • RGS-IBG Postgraduate Research Award 2020 Deadline23-Nov-2020

    To be eligible, applicants must:

    • Be currently registered with any UK Higher Education Institution
    • Be pursuing a PhD in geographical fieldwork or data collection in the UK or overseas

    Recipients will be given financial grants between GBP 500 and GBP 2,000 to undertake fieldwork/ data collection.


    The application for the award must contain the following -

    • Updated CV in one page
    • Commencement year and intended completion date of the postgraduate course
    • Title and a brief abstract of the intended project (max 100 words)
    • Aims and objectives of the project (max 250 words)
    • A detailed description of the proposed research project (max 500 words)
    • A brief narrative explaining how the proposed research will further geographical knowledge and its applied benefits (max 100 words)
    • A concise summary of plans for disseminating the results of the research (max 100 words)
    • Risk and safety management plan (max 300 words)
    • A complete itemized budget detailing the financial support required by the recipient
    • Two referee statements- one from the PhD supervisor and other from an individual independent of the research activities and institution
    How can you apply?

    Step 1: Write an email mentioning full personal and contact details, complete details of postgraduate study and other required details. 
    Step 2: Attach relevant documents.  
    Step 3: Send the completed applications to the RGS Grants Officer at grants@rgs.org.

Important Dates

Application Deadline- 23rd November 2020

Selection Criteria

An external panel of experts will be formed to assess the applications received and selected candidates will be informed through email.

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Terms and Conditions
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are not getting full funding from a Research Council or comparable levels of support from other sources with support for fieldwork/data.
  • The awards cannot be made retrospectively.
  • Conferences and conference attendance will not be funded.
  • The research should be conducted in a responsible and ethical manner.
  • The research team members should have medical insurance before leaving for the project.
  • The recipient is required to submit a short report within a month of completion of the fieldwork/data collection.
  • Recipients should also submit high-resolution pictures in JPEG format capturing the essence of their project.
  • Recipients should give due acknowledgement to the RGS in their publication and the copies of the same should be submitted to the Society.
  • Recipients are required to submit a final report by 1st September, following the year of the award
  • The final report should consist of a 250-word abstract, key finding of the project of minimum 1000 words, digital images, presentations, publications, and final budget details.

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