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 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.

How To Apply

An Application for Support is limited strictly to 2 pages (11pt Arial font). It must include:

  • An outline of the broader research project,
  • A description of the proposed field survey,
  • Justification for requested funds, comprising
  • an itemised budget (specify the minimum support required to make the survey feasible)
  • detail of other funding sources available to the project, and
  • a work schedule, noting that funding must be used within 12 months of the award.
  • A maximum of 2 figures with captions.

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

Applications should be submitted through email, to Include the main support document, plus your CV and a supporting statement from your 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 ( An example of a successful application from a previous funding round is accessible via the link at the bottom of this page.

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 that can be awarded one applicant is £1000. 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 one calendar year 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, Effectiveness of Survey Design 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.

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

Example Application