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Research funds open for bids

The 2014 round of Society Research Funds is now open for applications. Applications for support from any of the Society funds must be made on the form which can be downloaded from

The form must be completed in full and accompanied by two letters of support from Fellows of the Society. Please send to the Awards Secretary at the Geological Society. In order to be considered at the next available committee meeting, applications and supporting documents should reach the Society no later than 1 February 2014. The average award has been about £1000.

  • Novas Consulting Ltd is again generously providing bursaries for undergraduate field mapping and supervisors are asked to encourage their students to submit their applications.
  • 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 see website for details.

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 visit the website .
  • 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 of leukaemia in 2012. The interest earned will be used to support a single research award of £2000 each year. Full details of the eligibility criteria and terms are on the website.
  • Undergraduate Fieldwork Bursaries - Through the generosity of Novas Consulting Ltd research grants up to £1500 will be available to fund up to 6 bursaries for field mapping projects linked to studies of stratigraphy, structure or sedimentary geology/processes. Topics with a relation to petroleum geology will be particularly favoured. Proposals for work in other topics will not be considered. Preference will be given to Candidate Fellows of the Society. Further details and the application form are on the website.