Magazine article Geographical

Grants for Young Geography Researchers

Magazine article Geographical

Grants for Young Geography Researchers

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December is a key month for young academics, as the Society is offering a range of small research grants specifically designed to give aspiring geographers a helping hand in their pursuits. Life as a postdoctoral fellow can often be restricted by the amount of funding available, and the aim of these particular grants is to help researchers get the most from their projects--in both desk- or field-based research--by contributing to travel, maintenance and data-collection expenses.

The grants include a collaborative initiative with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The EPSRC Geography Research Grants provide funding of up to 3,000 [pounds sterling] for individual post-docs working in a UK institution investigating topics related to the work of the EPSRC in its broadest sense. These topics include flooding, climate change, urban design, waste and 21st-century infrastructure.

Last year, eight EPSRC grant recipients were selected. Among them were Dr James Whyatt and Dr Wouter Buytaert, both from Lancaster University. The former is studying regional and seasonal variation in air pollution in the UK, while the latter is investigating the impact of climate change on hydroelectric power in the Andes. …

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