The deadline for applying for fieldwork funding with the Frederick Soddy Trust Schools Award Scheme is January 18th.   The Trust was established in 1957 under the terms set out in the will of the chemist and Nobel Laureate, Professor Frederick Soddy FRS.  It aims to encourage interest in field studies by providing modest financial support for expeditions and fieldwork which include the ‘study of the whole life of an area with major emphasis on the human community’.

Every year a total of £2,500 is made available for primary and secondary schools. This is split into individual awards of between £250 and £850 depending on the merits of each project.

The award is for a group of students between 5 and 18 years of age. There is no limit on the number of students in the group.  Field trips can involve human or physical geography, but in view of the Trust’s objective to encourage the study of the whole life of an area with an emphasis on human geography, priority will be given to projects with a strong human element.

There are two conditions attached to the awards:

  • Successful schools must submit a report on the project after the fieldwork has taken place. For further details visit the Frederick Soddy Trust website.
  • A statement acknowledging the Trust’s support must be included in the report.

In several ways this scheme is similar to the bursary funding provided by NAEE for environmental education fieldwork – except there is no deadline for applications.  Please click here for details.

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