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Research Funds

The 2014 round of Society Research Funds is now open for applications. The average award has been about £1,000.

Applications for support from any of the Society funds must be made on the form which can be downloaded below.  There is a separate form for the Undergraduate Fieldwork Bursaries provided by Novas Consulting Ltd.

The form must be completed in full and your application must be supported by two Fellows of the Society who must complete the Supporting statement form below. The forms can be sent separately to the Awards Secretary at the Geological Society but in order for the application to be considered at the next available committee meeting, both forms must reach the Society no later than 1 February 2014.

Closing date: 1 February 2014

If you have any further questions regarding your application, please contact the Awards Secretary.

The following funds are available for application:

Mike Coward Fund

  • For fieldwork in structural geology as applied to regional tectonics.

William George Fearnsides Fund

  • To advance geological science.

Edmund Johnson Garwood Fund

  • For the encouragement of research in stratigraphy, with palaeontology, and in physical geology. Preference will be given to early career applicants.

Gloyne Outdoor Geological Research Fund

  • For the prosecution of outdoor research preferentially of a palaeontological or stratigraphical character, and preferentially within the limits of the British Commonwealth.

Annie Greenly Fund

  • For detailed geological mapping.

Timothy Jefferson Field Research Fund

  • For a field project for research in Earth science. Not for military activity or development. Preference will be given to early career applicants.

Elspeth Matthews Fund

  • For members of the Society for geological field-based research anywhere in the world. Preference will be given to early career applicants.

Daniel Pidgeon Fund

  • To promote geological original research. Preference will be given to early career applicants.

Joseph Burr Tyrrell Fund

  • To assist geologists of Great Britain and Ireland to travel to and in Canada; or to assist in the publication of meritorious papers by geologists of Great Britain and Ireland upon the geology of Canada; or to assist such geologists in any other way best adapted to further this object.

Distinguished Geologists’ Memorial Trust

  • In the form of travel bursaries to enable recipients to broaden their experience and for professional development. Preference will be given to early career applicants.  The application process for these bursaries is different.  Please click on the link in the left-hand box for details of how to apply..

Other grants administered by the Society

Jeremy Willson Charitable Trust

  • The Jeremy Willson Charitable Trust, and the Willson family, generously supports the Geological Society Grants programme, in memory of their son and brother, Jeremy Willson.

    Jeremy was a great athlete, geologist and adventurer. He sadly died of new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) in March 2006. In the spirit of Jeremy’s interests, the Jeremy Willson Award supports field-based projects with a distinct focus on the physical environment. To find out more visit the website

Robert Scott Memorial Award

  • CASP (formerly known as the Cambridge Arctic Shelf Programme) has generously bequeathed an endowment in memory of Robert Scott, one of their senior geologists who died suddenly in 2012 of leukaemia.  The interest earned will be used to support a single research award of £2000 each year.

    To be eligible for the award applicants must be UK based and either (a) registered postgraduate students; (b) university postdoctoral researchers; or (c) university lecturers. Postdoctoral researchers and university lecturers should preferably apply within 7 years of their first appointment to an academic position.

    Awards shall be made to support research under the following terms:

    (a) At least 50% of the award should be spent directly on research fieldwork (transport, accommodation and field logistical support);
    (b) Preference will be given to applications that are in regard of fieldwork in Arctic regions (field areas within the Arctic Circle);
    (c) Preference will also be given to projects that focus on basin analysis studies including tectonics, structural geology, sedimentology, stratigraphy and provenance analysis.

Undergraduate Fieldwork Bursaries

  • Novas Consulting Ltd is an independent energy consultancy offering integrated geoscience and engineering technical services.  It generously offers £1500 to fund up to 6 bursaries for field mapping projects linked to studies of stratigraphy, structure or sedimentary geology/processes. To find out more about Novas Consulting Ltd, visit

View the winners of the 2013 research grants.