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Awards, grants and bursaries

Awards Coin Image BronzeSociety awards (medals and funds)

The Geological Society of London has been making awards since 1831, when its senior medal, the Wollaston, was first awarded to William Smith.

Our medals and funds are for significant research contributions to science OR contributions to applied and economic geology OR eminent contributions to any branch of geology OR distinction in the practice of geology.

The full criteria are in regulation R/G/14.

Nominations for 2020 now open

Nominations for our 2020 awards are open now - find out more about how to nominate a candidate on our Society awards page.

Research grants

Interested in applying for our research grants?

Applications for Society research grants are currently closed. We will advertise the opening of the next round on all of our media platforms well in advance.


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

Visit the bursary page for details of how to apply.