Funding Opportunities

Every year the Royal Geographical Society supports over 60 fieldwork projects with a range of grants, many of which have application deadlines in the coming months.

Deadlines 31 October and 23 November.

The SPI Technogrants support Swiss groups developing, improving, or adapting technologies relevant for research in polar regions (and other extreme environments such as remote high-altitude regions).

Deadline for proposals is 19 October 2021, 12:00 (Swiss time).

The SPI Exploratory Grants support Swiss-based scientists active in polar regions (including remote high-altitude regions such as the Andes and the Himalayas) by allowing them to launch short-term new ideas, fund additional field work, or launch new collaborations. 

Deadline for proposals is 19 October 2021 at 12:00 (Swiss time).

The Heyning-Roelli Foundation provides scholarships to talented but financially underprivileged students for travel and subsistence expenses.

The target group is Bachelor's and Master's students who wish to participate in an exchange program for one or two semesters at a partner university. Exchange programs include the Swiss-European Mobility Program (formerly Erasmus), as well as other programs according to bilateral agreements between Swiss universities and foreign universities. In these programs students stay enrolled at their home university and continue their studies there after their stay abroad. At the partner university students have to be enrolled as “exchange students.” 

Applications for spring semesters must be submitted by 20th October 24.00h CET of each year.

Each year the Swiss Confederation awards Government Excellence Scholarships to promote international exchange and research cooperation between Switzerland and over 180 other countries. Recipients are selected by the awarding body, the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS). 

The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships are aimed at young researchers from abroad who have completed a master’s degree or PhD and at foreign artists holding a bachelor’s degree.

Submission deadlines vary from country to country, September-December 2021.

The European Space Agency (ESA) and Future Earth have partnered to facilitate the development and uptake of Earth observation data by Future Earth’s research networks.

There is seed funding to support research activities on the use of satellite data to provide empirical evidence of environmental and ecosystem change, and the risk these pose to society. Proposals are particularly welcomed on the themes of biodiversity, climate impacts on human health, or climate tipping elements, to better understand feedbacks, interactions and instabilities, but note that the call is not exclusive to these themes. This is an open call to the Global Research Networks (GRPs and KANs) of the Future Earth community. The activities should address pressing research questions that are a priority for the networks.

Submission deadline 30 September 2021.

The Environmental Futures group at the University of Dundee, Scotland, has six scholarships for Masters Research in Geography or Environmental Science. 

The scholarships would cover the costs of the tuition fees for 2021/22.

Anticipated start dates in September 2021 or January 2022.

In 2021, the focus of the award will be exclusively on work related to the COVID pandemic – any activity or approach carried out in pandemic-related response aimed at building the resilience of HKH communities.

Nominations will be accepted for those individuals, organizations, or companies that have worked with HKH communities through innovations in their various capacities and brought about positive tangible change on the ground.

Deadline for nominations is 30 September 2021.

PAGES and the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) announce the 2021 International Mobility Research Fellowship Program for Latin American and Caribbean early-career scientists on past global changes.

Deadline 30 September 2021. 

With its project funding scheme, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) enables researchers to independently conduct research projects with topics and goals of their own choice.

Submission dates: 1 April and 1 October. 

The Swiss Programme for International Research by Scientific Investigation Teams promotes team-oriented cross-border research.

Pre-proposals are welcome year-round.

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