Postgraduate Fieldwork Fund

The NSGG Postgraduate Fieldwork Fund provides support for students undertaking a near-surface geophysical survey as part of a postgraduate (MSc, MRes or PhD) research project at a UK institute of further education. NSGG will fund the successful applicant to a maximum of £1000. Successful applications will additionally receive 1-year student membership of The Geological Society, plus registration and (if possible) travel costs to present at one NSGG research event. In return, we request that the successful applicant produces a poster-style summary of their research for display on the NSGG website.

Acknowledging the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on fieldwork planning, funding from NSGG maybe used at any time within 18 months of the receipt of the award.

Scheme Conditions

  1. The applicant should be a PhD, MRes or MSc student, undertaking a near-surface geophysics field project as part of research at a UK institute.
  2. The application must be supported by the project supervisor.
  3. Funds will be given in GBP. The maximum grant that can be awarded is £1000. The NSGG reserve the right, at the discretion of the panel, to award no or multiple awards depending on the applications that are received .
  4. Only one application to the NSGG Postgraduate Fieldwork Fund can be made in any funding round. Funds must be used within 18 months of support being awarded.
  5. The support of the Geological Society of London and NSGG Postgraduate Fieldwork Fund must be acknowledged in any publications or presentations forthcoming from the project.
  6. Proposals will be graded primarily according to Research Innovation, Cost Effectiveness and Presentation (40-40-20% weighting). The availability of other funding will also be considered during review.
  7. No award will be made if no suitable applications are received in any one funding round.
  8. The panel’s decision is final.

How to Apply

Each candidate must prepare a supporting letter which is limited strictly to 2 pages (11pt Arial font) and must include:

  •  An outline of the broader research project,
  •  A description of the proposed field survey,
  •  Justification for requested funds, comprising: (1) an itemised budget, including the minimum support required for the survey to be feasible and (2) details of other funding sources available to the project.
  •  A maximum of 2 figures, their caption.

A reference list can be included as a separate supplement to the main proposal

Applications should be submitted through email, to, plus the applicant’s CV and a supporting statement from the research supervisor. Applications will be reviewed by a panel from the NSGG committee. Informal inquiries can be made in advance of the deadline to Dr Adam Booth (

The aforementioned applications instructions can be downloaded from the following link.

The Postgraduate Fieldwork Fund 2021/2022 application round is now closed

Please keep an eye on this page for the set of dates.