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Research Funds

The 2015 round of Society Research Funds closed for applications on 1 February 2015. Details for 2016 applications will appear on this page nearer the time.

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 each complete a Supporting statement form (below). Applications are considered at the annual meeting of the Research Grants committee. The average award has been about £1,000. 

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Please note the the application deadline for 2015 grants is past. 

Guidelines for Applicants
Application form for research grant
Application form for undergraduate fieldwork bursary
Supporting statement form


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

The following funds are available:

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 mid-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 Visit the Bursary Page for details of how to apply.

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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.

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 about the Jeremy Willson Charitable Trust, visit

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

  1. Registered Postgraduate Students;
  2. University Postdoctoral Researchers; or
  3. 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:

    1. At least 50% of the award should be spent directly on research fieldwork (transport, accommodation and field logistical support);
    2. Preference will be given to applications that are in regard of fieldwork in Arctic regions (field areas within the Arctic Circle);
    3. 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.

Download an Application form for Undergraduate Fieldwork Bursaries.

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