Category Archives: Vacancies & Funding Opportunities

RGS-IBG Early-Career Researcher Awards – deadlines in January and February 2012

Grants of between £250 and £3,000 for researchers in the early stages of their careers, carrying out academic research in the pursuit of geographical knowledge and understanding. Deadlines for these awards fall in January and February 2012.

Small Research Grants: Awards of up to £3,000 for desk- or field-based geographical research.Deadline: 20 January 2011. W:
Jasmin Leila Award: £250 for early career researchers examining medical/health geography, performance geographies, or trans-national communities.Deadline: 20 January 2011. W:
30th International Geographical Congress Awards: Grants of up to £750 for international conference attendance.Deadline: 24 February 2011. W:
Dudley Stamp Memorial Awards: Grants of up to £500 for research or study travel.Deadline: 24 February 2011. W: 

RGS-IBG Postgraduate research awards – deadlines in January and February 2012

Grants of between £500 and £6,000 for research and fieldwork carried out by PhD researchers undertaking academic dissertations. The project should aim to develop geographical knowledge and understanding.
The next deadline is 20 January for the Henrietta Hutton and Monica Cole Research Grants, followed by 24 February for the Slawson Awards, Frederick Soddy Award and the Dudley Stamp Memorial Awards.

Henrietta Hutton and Monica Cole Research Grants: Grants of £500-£1000 for physical geography postgraduates undertaking original overseas fieldwork.Deadline: 20 January 2012. W:,
Slawson Awards: Awards of up to £3,000 for geographical field research on issues related to development.Deadline: 24 February 2011. W:
Frederick Soddy Award: Awards of up £6,000 for fieldwork/research on ‘the study of the social, economic, and cultural life of a region’.Deadline: 24 February 2011. W:
Dudley Stamp Memorial Awards: Grants of up to £500 for research or study travel. Deadline: 24 February 2011. W:

Vacancy: NERC Internship (impact analysis)

The Natural Environment Research Council is piloting a paid internship scheme that may be of interest. Circulate to anyone that may be interested. NERC Swindon Office Internship SchemeNERC invites applications for 2-3 Impact Analysis InternsClosing date: 20 November 2011 Background: NERC is seeking to appoint 2-3 paid interns to conduct impact analysis in its Strategy Team based in Swindon. NERC is looking for someone who can explain the value of environmental research to a non-specialist audience. Full details including person specification are found on NERC’s website at: Key dates:Closing date: 20 November 2011Interview dates: 8-9 December 2011Start date: 9 January 2011 How to apply:  Apply for this position with a 2-page CV and short covering letter, referring to the internship advertisement and outlining your interest in the opportunity and any relevant experience. Submit applications by e-mail to the Short-listed candidates will be required to complete a writing task. For further details about the role, or any other queries, please contact Sophie Payne-Gifford on  

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

Application forms for the 2012 Outline Stage of the Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme are now available on e-GAP:
The British Academy’s aim in making these awards is to offer opportunities for outstanding early career researchers to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment which will develop their curriculum vitae and improve their prospects of obtaining permanent lecturing posts by the end of the Fellowship. The primary emphasis is on completion of a significant piece of publishable research, which will be assisted by full membership of an academic community of established scholars working in similar fields. 
Potential applicants should note the eligibility requirements before applying:
1. Applicants must be supported by the UK host institution in which they wish to hold the Fellowship
2. Applicants must either already have been awarded a doctoral degree following a viva voce examination held on or after 1 April 2009; or have a reasonable expectation that they will have submitted and had their thesis examined by 1 April 2012
3. Applicants awarded a PhD following a viva voce examination held prior to 1 April 2009 who are unable to offer extenuating circumstances, such as interruption to their academic career for maternity leave or illness, will not be considered
4. Applicants must be a UK or EEA national, or have completed a doctorate at a UK university. Any applicant who does not fall into one of these categories must demonstrate a strong prior association with the UK academic community, for example through already having been employed in a temporary capacity (longer than six months) at a UK university.
The closing date for completed applications is Wednesday, October 12, 2011

AHRC-funded Collaborative PhD studentship – Geographical Projections: Lantern slides, science and popular geography, 1860-1960

Following the award of an AHRC Collaborative PhD Studentship, the University of Exeter, in partnership with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified applicant for a doctoral studentship for three years commencing on 1 October 2011.Principal supervisor: Dr James Ryan; 2nd supervisor: Dr Simon Naylor. RGS-IBG supervisor: Dr Catherine Souch.
Geography, Cornwall Campus (near Falmouth), University of Exeter and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), London.
This collaborative doctoral project focuses on the RGS-IBG’s unique collection of lantern slides and aims to locate them within their wider cultural and historical settings of science, commerce and entertainment. Analysing lantern slides alongside associated records, correspondence and contemporary publications (focusing on RGS-IBG archives but also using parallel UK collections), the studentship will explore how lantern slides were employed to convey particular forms of geographical information; how they circulated within geographical worlds; and how different audiences responded to them. It will also consider how technology and location affected audiences’ attitudes, perceptions and expectations.The successful applicant will work closely with RGS-IBG staff involved in the management of the collection and planning of dissemination strategies, including displays, presentations, publications and on-line material. In this way the student will play an important part in developing ways to open up this unique visual archive to wider audiences, including RGS-IBG members; archive and library users; the scholarly community; and the public at large.The successful applicant will benefit from working within a lively and expanding research environment within Geography (Cornwall Campus, near Falmouth) at the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter.This project will be of interest to applicants with backgrounds in a range of disciplines and subject areas, including historical and cultural geography; history of technology; history and sociology of science; visual culture; and cultural history. Applicants should hold (or expect to achieve in 2011) a Master’s degree and either a 1st Class or Upper 2nd Class Honours degree in a relevant discipline.For eligible candidates the award covers Home/EU tuition fees for three years and provides a maintenance award of at least £13,590 per year for three years. The terms and conditions of the award will be those of the AHRC’s postgraduate studentships. Applicants must therefore have a relevant connection with the United Kingdom, usually through residence.  For further information, or informal discussion about the position, please contact: Dr James Ryan (email:; tel: +44 (0)1326 253761 or Dr Simon Naylor (email:; tel: +44 (0)1326 371864).How to apply
In order to apply you will need to complete an online web form where you must submit some personal details and upload the following documents (preferred format for uploaded files is .pdf and preferred filename should start with your last name):

Covering letter (outlining your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake this project)
An example of scholarly work up to 4,000 words in length (such as a coursework essay or part of a dissertation; please note that this should be uploaded in the ‘research proposal’ section of the online web form)
Transcript (this should be an interim transcript if you are still studying)
2 references (if your referees prefer, they can email the reference direct to:

If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email or phone +44 (0)1392 725150 / 723706 / 723310.The closing date for applications is midnight Sunday 12th June 2011. Interviews will be conducted on the 27th June 2011.

Vacancy: Grants Officer at Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

The Society seeks a Grants Officer to coordinate and promote its grants programme. The Society’s grants ( provide an important source of funding for research and training in geography.
The grants are wide-ranging and offer support to desk and field-based researchers, expedition teams, independent travellers and school teachers for work in the UK and overseas. During 2010 the Society provided more than £180,000 in grants (with individual grants ranging from £350 to £15,000), supporting more than 80 research, fieldwork and educational projects.
The Grants Officer reports directly to the Head of Research and Higher Education, but works across all key divisions of the Society encompassing research, education and outdoor learning. Complete details of the Society’s grants can be found on the website:
Download the job specification (PDF)
The position of Grants Officer is initially for a fixed term of one year; potentially renewable subject to finances. There is an initial three month probationary period. The post is salaried between £24,125 to £25,185 per annum depending on experience and qualifications.
To apply email or write to Dr. Catherine Souch, Head of Research and Higher Education Division, Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute of British Geographers), 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR ( Your application must include a CV, a covering letter explaining suitability for the post and addressing the selection criteria, details of current salary, the names and email addresses of two referees, and contact details (telephone and email).
Applications should be received by noon Tuesday May 3. Interviews will be held in the week commencing 9 May 2011.

Two Positions available at the Graduate Journal of Social Science editorial board

Founded in 2002 by a group of research students, the Graduate Journal of Social Science( is a well-established peer-reviewed journal with institutional bases in the London School of Economics and Political Science and with connections to other universities around the world. The journal exists as a critical forum for discussion and exchange of ideas on interdisciplinary methodology in the Social Sciences and publishes, on average, twice a year.The GJSS is seeking successors for two key voluntary  positions in the editorial board (details attached in separate document). The applications should contain a short motivation letter stating which position you are interested in, accompanied by a CV.  Send these to available:

Book Review EditorManages and edits all book review material. This position is highly independent, requires time-commitment, and solid control of academic written English.
Liaison officerManages contact with student board and academic board. Requires regular correspondence with editorial team and two intensive periods of time commitment annually.

Click here to read the role descriptions.
We are also looking for new members to the student board. As a student board member, you are asked to review and evaluate received papers in your area(s) of expertise (to the maximum of 2 papers per year). If you are interested in acting as a reviewer, please contact the editors for information:
Deadline for applications: 22 October 2010