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.
- 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.
- The application must be supported by the project supervisor.
- 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 .
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- No award will be made if no suitable applications are received in any one funding round.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 (email@example.com).
The aforementioned applications instructions can be downloaded from the following link.