Gilchrist Fieldwork Award 2022

Deadline: 23rd of November, 2022

The UK’s learned society and professional organisation for geography is the Royal Geographical Society, along with the Institute of British Geographers. They support and advance geography in the UK and around the world.

The Gilchrist Educational Trust presented the first Gilchrist Fieldwork Award in 1990. It is wholly owned, funded, and awarded by the Trust, while the Royal Geographical Society manages its operations for a fee (with IBG). A team of academics with an outstanding proposal for study to increase geographic knowledge that necessitates considerable, difficult overseas fieldwork receives the award, which is currently presented annually and is worth £15,000. A single field session of excellent research and data collecting should be supported by the grant. Strong relationships and partnerships with regional organizations and communities are required. Applications should demonstrate local advantages.

As a charity, learned society and professional body, they reach millions of people each year through our work in advancing geography and supporting geographers.


  • An award worth £15,000.


  • Applications from geographers, ecologists, anthropologists, archaeologists, earth and environmental scientists, and researchers from related fields are all strongly encouraged.
  • The award is open to established researchers.
  • Applicants must hold a PhD at time of application and be based in a UK Higher Education Institution or equivalent research establishment.


  • To apply for a grant, please complete the RGS-IBG grants programme application form and send this by email to the Society’s Grants Officer ( by 23.59 on the deadline date stated on the grant’s page.
  • When submitting an application, please read the guidance on the page of the grant for which you are applying, as well as that provided on the Advice and Resources pages.
  • Applications for some grants have specific application forms, requirements and questions of referees. Please refer to individual grant pages for more information.
  • Please do not send supporting documents such as previous reports, these will not be used when screening the applications.
  • Applications will be assessed by an external panel of experts. Interviews are held for some grants. If this applies, it is stated on the page for the grant.

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