Geospatial Scholarship Fund at the University of East Anglia in the UK 2021

The University of East Anglia invites applications for the Geospatial Scholarship Fund in the UK for the 2021/2022 academic session.

This scholarship seeks to encourage and support​ Black African, Caribbean, Black or mixed Black heritage students​ in the study of geography and geoscience. The emphasis is on these students because they are significantly under-represented within the fields of geography and geoscience.

Thus 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​

Worth of Award

In light of this, there will be two awards made every academic year:​

  • Undergraduate Award of £30,000 to study geography or geoscience (£10,000/yr). The award can be spent on fees or maintenance.​
  • Master’s Award of £20,000 (full time 1 year Master’s) to study within the disciplines of geography or geoscience.​


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

  • You have Black or mixed Black heritage
  • You have an offer from a UK university, starting in September 2021, to study:
    • An undergraduate degree in geography or a related geoscience
    • A Master’s degree in GIS or a course with a significant component of GIS
  • You meet at least one of the following: You
    • have qualified for free school meals
    • are a young carer
    • are a looked after child
    • Your household receives an annual income of less than £18,480
  • You can demonstrate how and why the scholarship will enable you to fulfil your educational and professional ambitions.
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How to Apply

To apply, visit the Geospatial Scholarship Fund website.

Submit a short video (90 seconds max), a 500-word essay or another 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)
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Deadline: The closing date for application is April 7, 2021​. Awards announced at Esri UK Annual Conference in May 2021.

Click here for more details and to apply