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Postgraduate Fieldwork Funding

Students funded through Research Council studentships often have fieldwork funding included. For those with no or insufficient fieldwork funding support, the following sources may be applicable.


Paul Broome Award

This prize was established in memory of Paul Broome, a Geography PhD student who died in 2002. In keeping with Paul's interests and convictions, the award is intended to assist doctoral (and exceptionally Master's) candidates in the Geography Department at RHUL, who lack full funding (or can demonstrate a particular additional need) in order to meet the cost of research in the Global South that is intended to aid our understanding of current development problems or phenomena and to be of direct or indirect benefit to poorer people in particular. One award will normally be made annually, up to a maximum of £300, subject to adequate funds being available. Priority will be given to students who do not have fully funded studentships from research councils or comparable sources, and to those who have not previously held the award.

The deadline for the 2016 Award is Friday 4th March.  For further details see the 2016 application details. 

Recent recipients:


Gemma Pearson ‘How relationships affect the wellbeing of street-connected children in Tanzania’.  Click here for the report of her post-fieldwork.


Adrian Gonazalez: 'Oil exploitation and environmental pollution in Ecuador.  Click here for report of his fieldwork.

Sara Pologno: Forest conservation and social development in Guyana


Caitlin Bentley: ‘The role of technology in mediating relationships between donors and civil society organisations in Togo’

Sammia Poveda: ‘Can digital inclusion promote freedom?’




Ben Lownik 'A Vehicle for Survival? The Transport, Mobility, and Livelihoods of Porters on the Cambodian Border












Paula-Ann Award

The Paula-Ann Prize was set up in memory of Paula-Ann who graduated from Royal Holloway in Geography in 1992 and tragically died soon after. The Prize is awarded annually towards meeting the costs of dissertation fieldwork expenses (usually up to £1,000) for a student undertaking any master's programme in the Department of Geography. Students must come from countries classified as low-income, lower-middle income or upper-middle income according to World Bank classifications in July in the previous year. Students taking Master's degrees which are jointly run by the Department of Geography and another RHUL department, are entitled to apply, if their dissertation is supervised by a member of Geography staff.

The deadline for the 2016 Award is Friday 18th March. For further details see the 2016 application details.

Recent recipients:


Chisenga Muyoya:  The study of the non-economic impact of technical ICT training on women - A case study of  AkiraChix in Kenya.



Farrah Adam : Factors Affecting the Development of the Colombian Organic Agricultural Sector: The Case of Coffee as a key Ecological Product


Agbor Bakia : The impact of the Bamenda-Mamfe-Enugu Trans-African highway on sustainable livelihoods and poverty reduction for Ekok village


Pulo Taal : Urbanisation and Marginalisation: A Study of Peri-Urban Areas in Abuja, Nigeria

Details of Paula-Ann award 2014 final report can be found here.


Emile Smidt (South Africa): Continuing the Conversation: Unravelling Conservation Discourses and Practices in northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (MSc Practising Sustainable Development) 


Andrea Jiménez Cisneros (Peru) ‘Technological Innovation within ICT Hubs: The case of Bongohive, Zambia’  (MSc Practising Sustainable Development (ICT4D)) 



Aaron Lecciones (Philippines) 'Capital assets in community-based disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation mainstreaming in Ticao Island, Philippines' (MSc Practising Sustainable Development)


James Njoroge (Kenya) 'Agricultural information needs and the role of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) among farmers in the Kenya Rift Valley' (MSc Practising Sustainable Development (ICT4D)



College Travel Awards and College Prizes

University of London Grants for PGR Study Costs



Developing Areas Research Group (DARG)

Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)

Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS)


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