School of GeoSciences

School of GeoSciences

Centenary Research Fund : Support for Postgraduate Research


The Centenary Research Fund, which has as its central purpose the support of postgraduate research in geography, is the result of generous alumni and other donations to mark the Centenary of Geography in academic year 2008-2009. Normally, a maximum of 1000 is available per annum to support postgraduate work in any area of geography (at the discretion of the adjudicators, this may be offered in the form of several smaller awards).

We are delighted to announce that applications are now invited to this fund for the 2013 round of funding. Eligible applicants are those students undertaking a PhD or MSc by Research in any area of geography. It is expected that the funding be used to support fieldwork, research expenses (including subsistence and maintenance), conference attendance (normally, where the applicant is scheduled to give a paper or poster) or, exceptionally, the production costs of the required dissertation. Applicants should prepare a 2-3 page summary (there is no application form) justifying their case noting in particular: the nature of the work proposed (including other sources of funding); a budgetary breakdown of the sums sought; the timetable for completion of the work; the likely outcome of the work. Preference may be given to applicants who have little or no sources of funding as supplement beyond the standard grant. Previous successful award winners are eligible to re-apply (but should understand that, all other issues being equal, priority would be given to applicants who have not before received funding from the Centenary Research Fund). The name and contact details of one referee (who should not be the student's supervisor) should also be provided. Applications should be directed to Prof Charles Withers (, Institute of Geography, School of Geosciences, Drummond Street, Edinburgh EH8 9XP by Friday 10 May 2013.

Applications will be reviewed via Professor Withers and the Head of the RTDO and applicants will, normally, be expected to learn the outcome of their applications within four weeks of the submission date.