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Society research grants

Applications are invited for the 2018 round of the Society research grants. 

Please complete the form which can be downloaded from the Society Awards and Research Grants page at W: where you will also find information about all the grants.   The average award has been about £1000.

The Research Grants committee meets once annually.  Applications must reach the Society no later than 1 February 2018 and must be supported by two Fellows of the Society who must each complete a supporting statement form.   Only complete applications on the appropriate form will be considered.

Timothy Jefferson Fund

The Society will have one fund fewer to draw upon when the grants committee meets in February. Dr Timothy Hugh Jefferson (b. 1956) was a highly talented young geoscientist whose PhD focused on Antarctic palaeobotany. He was awarded the Palaeontological Association’s Presidents Prize in 1982. Timothy tragically died in an avalanche while assisting a colleague in scientific work in the Cordillera Blanca in Peru in September 1983.

His family and friends endowed the Timothy Jefferson Research Fund.  From an original donation in 1985 of £10,000, subsequently enhanced by donations from others, over the years the fund has yielded just under £40,000 in support of research, but is now spent out.  The Society is very pleased that it has other funds to draw upon and is grateful to Timothy’s father the Rev. Derek Jefferson and all the others whose generous helps to make this activity possible.  Stephanie Jones


The following table shows what we know of the early recipients of the TJRF, up to 1997, and the purposes to which they put the money.








Benjamin van Wyk de Vries, Bedford College

Volcanic and Seismic risks on Isla de Ometepe, Lago de Nicaragua, Nicaragua.



Jeff Warburton, University of Southampton

Measurement of bedload transport in on Alpine proglacial meltwater stream using a Helley-Smith type bedload sampler.



Andrew Barker, University of Southampton



Mark Burn, Oxford Polytechnic



Robert Allison, University of Durham


Stephen J Edwards, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Geochemistry of the Caledonian amphibolites of north-west Norrbotten, Sweden


Sedimentology of the Calciferous Sandstones (Dinantian) of East Fife


To study the Wahiba Sands, Oman


Magmatism and deformation in the Springers Hill are of the Lewis Hills Massif, Bay of Islands Ophiolite Complex, Western Newfoundland.












Robert E Holdsworth, University of Reading


Isabel Brown, Oxford Polytechnic



Katherine Kennedy, University of East Anglia

Support fieldwork at the Start Perranporth Line


Support fieldwork in Zimbabwe on gold mineralisation in the Harare Greenstone Belt


Studying field exposures of Lower Miocene Reefs, Cyprus





Steven J Saunders, West London Institute of Higher Education




Michael Keeling, West London Institute of Higher Education

Ground deformation on Mount Etna



Stephen Reddy, Open University




Adrian Hartley, Cardiff University

Microstructural and 40AR/39AR Laserprobe Study of Fault Rocks Developed during Continental Collision [North Himalayan Fault]


Mesozoic Marginal Basin of Northern Chile







Sebastian Leigh, Chevron UK

Controls on Tertiary Basin Evolution in Western Greece



Richard Twitchett, University of Bristol

Judith River Formation & Royal Tyrrell Museum



Simon Testa

To attend summer school at Kutna Hora, Czech Republic



Nicole Y Böttcher & M G Rowland

Research in Tierra del Fuega, Argentina

£400 [total]






Andrew Thow & Jonathan Fides, University of Edinburgh

British Schools Exploration Society’s trip to the Indian Himalaya