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Geology Career Pathways

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Explore careers and study options if you're interested in the Earth...

RGS-IBG Teacher Training Scholarships

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The new RGS-IBG Geography Teacher Training Scholarship programme will provide outstanding trainee teachers with significant support, including £27,500 tax-free funding.

Grants and Awards

Quick links: Grants & Awards run by the Geological Society | Run by other organisations

 
Hazel Prichard

The Hazel Prichard Student Bursary

The Geological Society and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain & Ireland are pleased to annouce the Hazel Prichard student bursary. The bursary, funded by her family, honours the achievements of Professor Hazel Prichard (1954-2017) in the mineral sciences. 

The bursary provides up to £3000 in support to an undergraduate or taught MSc student in undertaking a research project. 

""Find out more about the Bursary


Society Awards

ZEISS-GSL Scholarship

Carl ZEISS Microscopy Ltd. and The Geological Society of London have introduced a new scholarship for Earth Science PhD and MSc students. Worth up to £8000, the scholarship is intended to be used for innovative microscopy in Earth Science related projects. 

Winners will be announced in early 2019


Society Awards

The Early Career Geologist Award

To recognise the work of geoscientists in the early stages of their careers, the Society runs the Early Career Geologist award. This competition is open to all Fellows with less than 10 years post graduate experience, who are working towards Chartership. Taking part is a great way to enhance your communication skills and demonstrate your understanding of a particular geological topic to an audience.

The 2018 winner was Tom St John of the Southern Wales Regional group.

""Find out more about the 2018 Award


Society Awards

The Geological Society Research Grants

The Society has been awarding medals for significant achievement in the Earth sciences since 1831, and now grants a large range of awards, including funds and research grants, every year. The average award has been about £1,000. 



Society Awards

The Distinguished Geologists Memorial Trust Bursary

This bursary aims to assist early career geologists, particularly those in industry, with professional development by contributing to travel costs or gaining experience. Applications should be sent to the Chartership Officer by the end of April in any year.

""Find out more about how to apply


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Volcanic & Magmatic Studies Group Student Bursaries

The Volcanic & Magmatic Studies Group runs two bursary schemes for student researchers, one to attend and present at conferences; and one to support students wishing to attend international technical and field workshops. Bursaries are awarded up to a maximum of £300.

There are two rounds of applications during the year:

Deadline 1 June for the bursary period 1 August - 31 January
Deadline 1 December for the bursary period 1 February - 31 July


Geochemistry

Geochemistry Group Student Travel Bursary

The Geochemistry Group offers bursaries to postgraduate researchers registered at UK universities or research institutions to aid travel to a geochemistry meeting either in the UK or internationally.

There are three rounds of applications during the year. The deadlines are 15 January, 15 May and 15 October.


Geochemistry

Geochemistry Group Scientific Meeting Support

The Geochemistry Group offers monetary contributions to support national & international meetings on geochemical topics organised by sister scientific societies and groups.

There are three rounds of applications during the year. The deadlines are 15 January, 15 May and 15 October.

 
Sedimentology

British Sedimentological Research Group: Steve Farrell Fund

Financial support to postgraduate students attending field based sedimentology conferences outside the UK. Applications for assistance with sedimentological fieldwork may also be considered.

The deadline for each year's applications is 31 January

 
Sedimentology

British Sedimentological Research Group: Gill Harwood Fund

Financial support for female graduate students (of any age) and sedimentologists (under the age of 30), of any nationality, who require funds to assist them in carrying out sedimentological fieldwork or for attendance at international meetings.

The deadline for each year's applications is 31 January


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Engineering Group Glossop Award

The Glossop Award is made annually by the Engineering Group to an outstanding young engineering geologist or geo-environmentalist. The winner receives an award for attendance at a training course or field meeting supported or run by the Engineering Group, or a Geological Society Special Publication of their choice.

""Find out more about the award

 
Remote Sensing

The Geological Remote Sensing Group Student Awards & Fieldwork Bursaries

Every year the Geological Remote Sensing Group (GRSG) offers up to three awards of £750 each for students engaged in remote sensing research, as well as a Fieldwork Bursary scheme. Find out more at the GRSG website.

Grants and Competitions run by other organisations:


NEFTEX Earth Model Award

The Earth Model Award

The Earth Model Award aims to stimulate research relevant to global geoscience. This is an opportunity for Master's students to present their research to a panel of industry and academic professionals and gain recognition for their work. 


Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

Annual funding opportunities are available from the Royal Commission, including:

  • Research Fellowships in Science and Engineering
  • Industrial Fellowships 
  • Industrial Design Studentships

""Find out more about how to apply.


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Financial support from the  The Geologists' Association (GA)

The Geologists' Association can provide financial support of up to £600 to individuals for research projects in any area of Earth Sciences:

  • Students should apply for a New Researchers' Award
  • Non-students should apply for a GA Research Award

Support of up to £250 is also available for attendance at meetings - a GA Meetings Award

Applicants should be members of the Geologists' Association. Deadline for applications is 15 November each year.

""Find out more at the GA website

 GeoRepNet

Funding Opportunities with the Geological Repository Network

Funding is available for satellite workshops and travel awards between labs or organizations to advance science and technology collaborations related to Geological Repositories. A small amount of funding is available to test instrumentation.

This is an open call with no deadline.


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Primary Science Teacher Awards

Endorsed by the Geological Society and other learned societies, the awards recognise outstanding and inspirational teaching within the context of primary education in the UK school system.

""Find out more about the award

 

International Earth Science Olympiad

The International Earth Science Olympiad is an annual competition for secondary school students with the aim of encouraging students’ interest and public awareness of Earth Science and enhancing their Earth science learning.

""Find out more about the award



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The Early Career Geologist Award: 2017 winner!

To recognise the work of geoscientists in the early stages of their careers, the Society runs the Early Career Geologist award. This competition is open to all Fellows with less than 10 years post graduate experience, who are working towards Chartership. Taking part is a great way to enhance your communication skills and demonstrate your understanding of a particular geological topic to an audience.

The 2017 winner was Huw Richards of the Thames Valley Regional group.

""Find out more about the 2017 Award


Society Awards

The Geological Society Research Grants

The Society has been awarding medals for significant achievement in the Earth sciences since 1831, and now grants a large range of awards, including funds and research grants, every year. The average award has been about £1,000. 

2017 applications closed on 1 February.


Society Awards

The Distinguished Geologists Memorial Trust Bursary

This bursary aims to assist early career geologists, particularly those in industry, with professional development by contributing to travel costs or gaining experience. Applications should be sent to the Chartership Officer by the end of April in any year.

""Find out more about how to apply


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Volcanic & Magmatic Studies Group Student Bursaries

The Volcanic & Magmatic Studies Group runs two bursary schemes for student researchers, one to attend and present at conferences; and one to support students wishing to attend international technical and field workshops. Bursaries are awarded up to a maximum of £300.

There are two rounds of applications during the year:

Deadline 1 June for the bursary period 1 August - 31 January
Deadline 1 December for the bursary period 1 February - 31 July


Geochemistry

Geochemistry Group Student Travel Bursary

The Geochemistry Group offers bursaries to postgraduate researchers registered at UK universities or research institutions to aid travel to a geochemistry meeting either in the UK or internationally.

There are three rounds of applications during the year. The deadlines are 15 January, 15 May and 15 October.


Geochemistry

Geochemistry Group Scientific Meeting Support

The Geochemistry Group offers monetary contributions to support national & international meetings on geochemical topics organised by sister scientific societies and groups.

There are three rounds of applications during the year. The deadlines are 15 January, 15 May and 15 October.

 
Sedimentology

British Sedimentological Research Group: Steve Farrell Fund

Financial support to postgraduate students attending field based sedimentology conferences outside the UK. Applications for assistance with sedimentological fieldwork may also be considered.

The deadline for each year's applications is 31 January

 
Sedimentology

British Sedimentological Research Group: Gill Harwood Fund

Financial support for female graduate students (of any age) and sedimentologists (under the age of 30), of any nationality, who require funds to assist them in carrying out sedimentological fieldwork or for attendance at international meetings.

The deadline for each year's applications is 31 January


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Engineering Group Glossop Award

The Glossop Award is made annually by the Engineering Group to an outstanding young engineering geologist or geo-environmentalist. The winner receives an award for attendance at a training course or field meeting supported or run by the Engineering Group, or a Geological Society Special Publication of their choice.

This year's winner is Yung Loo (Arup). Find out more about the award ceremony.

 
Remote Sensing

The Geological Remote Sensing Group Student Awards & Fieldwork Bursaries

Every year the Geological Remote Sensing Group (GRSG) offers up to three awards of £750 each for students engaged in remote sensing research, as well as a Fieldwork Bursary scheme. Find out more at the GRSG website.

Grants and Competitions run by other organisations:


NEFTEX Earth Model Award

The Earth Model Award 2017 for Best MSc / MSci / MGeol Project

The Earth Model Award aims to stimulate research relevant to global geoscience. This is an opportunity for Master's students to present their research to a panel of industry and academic professionals and gain recognition for their work. 

The 2017 competition is now open. 


Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

Annual funding opportunities are available from the Royal Commission, including:

  • Research Fellowships in Science and Engineering (Closing date 16 February 2017)
  • Industrial Fellowships (Closing date 26 January 2017)
  • Industrial Design Studentships (Closing date 27 April 2017)

""Find out more about how to apply.


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Financial support from the  The Geologists' Association (GA)

The Geologists' Association can provide financial support of up to £600 to individuals for research projects in any area of Earth Sciences:

  • Students should apply for a New Researchers' Award
  • Non-students should apply for a GA Research Award

Support of up to £250 is also available for attendance at meetings - a GA Meetings Award

Applicants should be members of the Geologists' Association. Deadline for applications is 15 November each year.

""Find out more at the GA website

 GeoRepNet

Funding Opportunities with the Geological Repository Network

Funding is available for satellite workshops and travel awards between labs or organizations to advance science and technology collaborations related to Geological Repositories. A small amount of funding is available to test instrumentation.

This is an open call with no deadline.



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The Early Career Geologist Award: 2017 winner!

To recognise the work of geoscientists in the early stages of their careers, the Society runs the Early Career Geologist award. This competition is open to all Fellows with less than 10 years post graduate experience, who are working towards Chartership. Taking part is a great way to enhance your communication skills and demonstrate your understanding of a particular geological topic to an audience.

The 2017 winner was Huw Richards of the Thames Valley Regional group.

""Find out more about the 2017 Award


Society Awards

The Geological Society Research Grants

The Society has been awarding medals for significant achievement in the Earth sciences since 1831, and now grants a large range of awards, including funds and research grants, every year. The average award has been about £1,000. 

2017 applications closed on 1 February.


Society Awards

The Distinguished Geologists Memorial Trust Bursary

This bursary aims to assist early career geologists, particularly those in industry, with professional development by contributing to travel costs or gaining experience. Applications should be sent to the Chartership Officer by the end of April in any year.

""Find out more about how to apply


""

Volcanic & Magmatic Studies Group Student Bursaries

The Volcanic & Magmatic Studies Group runs two bursary schemes for student researchers, one to attend and present at conferences; and one to support students wishing to attend international technical and field workshops. Bursaries are awarded up to a maximum of £300.

There are two rounds of applications during the year:

Deadline 1 June for the bursary period 1 August - 31 January
Deadline 1 December for the bursary period 1 February - 31 July


Geochemistry

Geochemistry Group Student Travel Bursary

The Geochemistry Group offers bursaries to postgraduate researchers registered at UK universities or research institutions to aid travel to a geochemistry meeting either in the UK or internationally.

There are three rounds of applications during the year. The deadlines are 15 January, 15 May and 15 October.


Geochemistry

Geochemistry Group Scientific Meeting Support

The Geochemistry Group offers monetary contributions to support national & international meetings on geochemical topics organised by sister scientific societies and groups.

There are three rounds of applications during the year. The deadlines are 15 January, 15 May and 15 October.

 
Sedimentology

British Sedimentological Research Group: Steve Farrell Fund

Financial support to postgraduate students attending field based sedimentology conferences outside the UK. Applications for assistance with sedimentological fieldwork may also be considered.

The deadline for each year's applications is 31 January

 
Sedimentology

British Sedimentological Research Group: Gill Harwood Fund

Financial support for female graduate students (of any age) and sedimentologists (under the age of 30), of any nationality, who require funds to assist them in carrying out sedimentological fieldwork or for attendance at international meetings.

The deadline for each year's applications is 31 January


""

Engineering Group Glossop Award

The Glossop Award is made annually by the Engineering Group to an outstanding young engineering geologist or geo-environmentalist. The winner receives an award for attendance at a training course or field meeting supported or run by the Engineering Group, or a Geological Society Special Publication of their choice.

This year's winner is Yung Loo (Arup). Find out more about the award ceremony.

 
Remote Sensing

The Geological Remote Sensing Group Student Awards & Fieldwork Bursaries

Every year the Geological Remote Sensing Group (GRSG) offers up to three awards of £750 each for students engaged in remote sensing research, as well as a Fieldwork Bursary scheme. Find out more at the GRSG website.

Grants and Competitions run by other organisations:


NEFTEX Earth Model Award

The Earth Model Award 2017 for Best MSc / MSci / MGeol Project

The Earth Model Award aims to stimulate research relevant to global geoscience. This is an opportunity for Master's students to present their research to a panel of industry and academic professionals and gain recognition for their work. 

The 2017 competition is now open. 


Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

Annual funding opportunities are available from the Royal Commission, including:

  • Research Fellowships in Science and Engineering (Closing date 16 February 2017)
  • Industrial Fellowships (Closing date 26 January 2017)
  • Industrial Design Studentships (Closing date 27 April 2017)

""Find out more about how to apply.


""

Financial support from the  The Geologists' Association (GA)

The Geologists' Association can provide financial support of up to £600 to individuals for research projects in any area of Earth Sciences:

  • Students should apply for a New Researchers' Award
  • Non-students should apply for a GA Research Award

Support of up to £250 is also available for attendance at meetings - a GA Meetings Award

Applicants should be members of the Geologists' Association. Deadline for applications is 15 November each year.

""Find out more at the GA website

 GeoRepNet

Funding Opportunities with the Geological Repository Network

Funding is available for satellite workshops and travel awards between labs or organizations to advance science and technology collaborations related to Geological Repositories. A small amount of funding is available to test instrumentation.

This is an open call with no deadline.