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International Development Research @ Cambridge


The Royal Geographical Society (RGS), through their Environment and Sustainability Research Grants, offer four annual awards to researchers within 10 years of completing their PhD for projects that investigate some of the bigger issues of environmental sustainability.

The Environment and Sustainability Research Grants are for individuals or teams led by an early-career researcher, to support projects investigating some of the bigger issues of environmental sustainability. This could include, but is not limited to, water and development, energy security, and urban migration.

Applicants are expected to hold a PhD at the time of application, that has been awarded sometime in the last ten years. They are also expected to be affiliated with a UK higher education institution, but there is no restriction placed on their nationality. Projects with a substantial fieldwork component are preferred.

The award is valued at £10 000, with an additional £1,500 available if the project enables the lead researcher to take a first-year geography undergraduate into the field, giving them valuable experience. This is specifically intended to support undergraduates who would not have had access to similar opportunities otherwise.


For further information on this funding opportunity, please see the full call document here.

Welcome to Cambridge Global Challenges

Cambridge Global Challenges is the Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with a particular focus on the poorest half of the world’s population.


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