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The Geospatial Scholarship Fund

Scholarships for Black and mixed Black heritage students.

Esri UK is establishing a new scholarship programme to encourage and support​ Black African, Caribbean, Black or mixed Black heritage students​ in the study of geography and geoscience.

On their new dedicated website for these scholarships, Esri UK explain more about the scholarships and how to apply.

Why are we doing this?​

Black and mixed Black heritage students are significantly under-represented within the fields of geography and geoscience. The scholarships will:​

  • Help to promote geography and geoscience as a positive life choice for students​

  • Provide financial and other support for students throughout their studies​

  • Increase the number of Black and mixed Black heritage students studying and working within the disciplines​

Who are we working with?

Black Geographers have helped us to shape the scholarships and we hope to announce other collaborations shortly.

What are we funding?​

There will be two awards made every academic year:​

  1. Undergraduate Award of £30,000 to study geography or geoscience (£10,000/yr). The award can be spent on fees or maintenance.​

  2. Masters Award of £20,000 (full time 1 year masters) to study within the disciplines of geography or geoscience.​

Eligibility criteria​

To be considered for the undergraduate award, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

1. You have Black or mixed Black heritage.

2. You have an offer from a UK university, starting in September 2021, to study:

  • An undergraduate degree in geography or related geoscience

  • A Master’s degree in GIS or a course with a significant component of GIS

  • Have been assessed for fee status as a ‘home’ or ‘RUK’ (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland)

3. You meet at least one of the following:

  • Qualified for free school meals

  • You are a young carer

  • You are a Looked After Child

  • Priority will be given to applicants whose household income is assessed as £23,999 or less. Applicants with a household income of between £24,000 and £33,900 may also apply

You can demonstrate how and why the scholarship will enable you to fulfil your educational and professional ambitions.

Key dates​

  • Applications open 15th Jan 2021 for undergrad and masters

  • Closing date for both 7th April 2021​

  • Awards announced at Esri UK Annual Conference May 2021

How to apply

​Submit a short video (90 seconds max), a 500 word essay or other medium of your choice that answers the question below:

"Why is geography or geosciences important to you and what do you plan to do with your new skills, knowledge and qualifications?"

What will you need to do?

  • Fill out a questionnaire providing some personal details

  • Provide a cover letter introducing yourself

  • Submit either:

    • A link to your unlisted application video on YouTube

    • Upload an application essay

  • In addition, you can add links to other relevant material to support your application (optional).

To find out more, go to the The Geospatial Scholarship Fund website at:

Applications are now open. Please apply before the 7th of April 2021.



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