Funding for Schools
Who can apply
For an expedition or field work application to gain the
support of the Frederick Soddy Trust, it must:
1. comprise a group. An expedition or fieldwork conducted by one
person only is not acceptable
2. An object of the expedition must be to study "the whole life
of an area" with a major emphasis on current human geography.
The Trust cannot support research into wild life or environments.
3. agree to submit a report (one electronic and one hard copy) within
a year of the expedition's return to the Trust,
acknowledging the support given by the Trust. The RGS/IBG
www.rgs.org/ provide detailed guidance
See Recent Support for examples of
The expedition or fieldwork team can be of any size, normally greater
than two, though on occasions the Trustees have supported a team of
- Applications can be from schools, universities, relevant
institutions, or from private team or expedition leaders.
- Collaboration with the country to be visited is deemed important
- The expedition should show that it has
established contacts in the area of study in advance of applying for a
- Trustees are encouraged when the team comprises some members from the country
to be visited.
- Applicants should say whether they have applied to the Royal
Geographical Society (IBG) for support.
- Trustees would consider applications for grants for expeditions
from countries outside the United Kingdom where they are carrying out
fieldwork with a university from the United Kingdom, or where the
project comes with a recommendation from a known British researcher or
How to apply
There is no formal application form. However, the Trustees
expect to receive an application which first and foremost explains how
the project is relevant to the Frederick Soddy Trust. The project's plan
should reflect fully the status of
the applicants and their project. For example, in the case of an
application from a university, the minimum details required are
clearly defined objectives, the proposed methods of study, safety
aspects, and a realistic, itemised budget, including the financial contributions
being made by the members of the team. A map or two are
considered essential. The Trustees are interested in the time
actually to be spent in the field carrying out the project.
Helpful guidance can be obtained from the RGS application form:
Less detailed plans are required from schools, but the Trustees
would expect the same aspects to be covered.
Deadlines for applications:
The information above is required only to assist the Trustees to
determine the relative merits of applications received, and to assess
their conformity to the Trust's charitable objects. Grants
usually range between £500 and £2,000.
18 January and 18 September
To apply, please write to
firstname.lastname@example.org and send a hard copy to:
Professor Peter Wood, University College London,
Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT