RGS-IBG Postgraduate Research Awards for UK or Overseas Students, 2022

With good grace, the Royal Geographical Society has decided to support research students in their studies through the RGS-IBG Postgraduate Research Awards program.


This is a good fortune to complete a postgraduate research degree in the UK.

189 years ago, the Royal Geographical Society was established in 1830. It is the UK’s learned society and professional body for geography.

Why study at this program? This program is giving you an opportunity to pursue your research anywhere in the UK or overseas with the help in some of your expenses and support of teachers and researchers.

Application Deadline: November 23 (each year).


  • Eligible Countries: Home (UK) and International.
  • Acceptable Course or Subjects: Pursuing postgraduate research degree program in the field of physical environment; conservation and sustainability; society and economy in the UK or overseas.
  • Admissible Criteria: Must currently be enrolled with a UK higher education institution and have not received this support before. Preference will be given to those applicants who not receive full funding from a Research Council or comparable levels of support from other sources. Awards are available to individuals only and not can be made retrospectively.

How to Apply

If you are interested in this research, then send your application for the grant through email to the Society’s Grants Officer (grants@rgs.org) by the deadline.

Your application must contain the following information-

  • Name, affiliation, full contact details with your email, the year of commencement of the postgraduate course and the intended completion date, title and short abstract of project, aim of the project, a full description of the proposed research, including field site, along with a brief description on the research, details off permissions needed, a risk assessment and safety management plan and details of appropriate ethical approvals, one page summary CV with details of appropriate experience and expertise.  Two referee statement, one should be from the PhD supervisor and one should be independent of the research activities and institution.


The program will provide awards of £500 to £2,000 for postgraduate students to undertake fieldwork.

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