2023 Royal Geographical Society Gilchrist Fieldwork Award (Up to £15,000)

Last Updated on August 25, 2022

Royal Geographical Society Gilchrist Fieldwork Award

The Gilchrist Educational Trust offers an award to support original and challenging overseas fieldwork carried out by small teams of university academics and other researchers.

The award, now annual, is given to a team of researchers with an outstanding proposal for research to advance geographical knowledge, that requires significant, challenging overseas fieldwork. The award should support a single field session of high-quality research and data collection. There should be strong links and collaborations with local agencies and communities. Local benefits should be demonstrated in applications.

The Gilchrist Fieldwork Award, of the Gilchrist Educational Trust, was first awarded in 1990. It is entirely owned, funded and awarded by the Trust, but operationally administered for a fee by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).


  • An award of £15,000 is given to a team of researchers.


  • Applications from geographers, ecologists, anthropologists, archaeologists, earth and environmental scientists, and researchers from related fields are all strongly encouraged.
  • The award is open to established researchers.
  • Applicants must hold a PhD at time of application and be based in a UK Higher Education Institution or equivalent research establishment.

Selection Criteria

Applications are assessed by an external panel of expert reviewers. Reviewers are asked to pay particular attention to the following aspects of an application when undertaking their review:

  • The project’s contribution to the advancement of geographical knowledge.
  • The degree to which the project is innovative and original.
  • The feasibility of the project within the time frame and budget suggested.
  • Whether the applicant has the necessary experience, skills and qualifications to complete the programme of work within the time and budget proposed.
  • Evidence of sufficient planning in terms of health and safety, ethical clearance and permissions.
  • Awareness shown of the relevant environmental, social and cultural responsibilities and impacts of the project.
  • Justification of resources and the degree to which the budget is reasonable, appropriate and sufficiently detailed.


All prospective grant applicants are encouraged to read the Advice and Resources pages.

To apply for a grant, please complete the RGS-IBG grants programme application form and send this by email to the Society’s Grants Officer at grants@rgs.org by 23.59 on the deadline. 

For more information, visit Gilchrist Fieldwork Award.

Deadline: November 23, 2022

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