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Distinguished Geologist's Memorial Trust

Travel bursaries to enable recipients to broaden their experience and for professional development.

  • The application process for these bursaries is different.
    Visit the Bursary Page for details of how to apply.

Research Grants

The Society is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 grants.View the winners

  • Details of how to apply for the Society's research grants for 2016 will be advertised in September. The closing date for applications will be 1 February 2016.

Quick Links:  Geological Society Funds | Other grants administered by the Society | Undergraduate Mapping Bursaries

Geological Society Funds

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.

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.

Elspeth Matthews Fund

For members of the Society for geological field-based research anywhere in the world.

Daniel Pidgeon Fund

To promote geological original research.

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.


Alan and Charlotte Welch Fund

To fund geological research. Created in 2007 to recognise the legacy of Mr Alan and Mrs Charlotte Welch, Council has agreed that over a period of time the amount of money available for research grants should increase and for that purpose this fund is being used.

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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 www.jwct.org.uk

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. Preference will be given to Candidate Fellows of the Society.

Download an Application form for Undergraduate Fieldwork Bursaries.

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