Application Deadline: 1 February 2020.

The FIG Foundation will be providing scholarships of up to 4,000 euros plus possible funding for conference travel to  PhD students.

Applicants shall:

  1. be studying for a PhD degree and registered solely in a surveying/geomatics academic programme that teaches surveying[1] in a country listed by the World Bank as a low-income, lower-middle or upper-middle income economy[2],
  2. have had a paper accepted by a peer reviewed international journal based on their doctoral research project; applicants should be the lead author, and the paper should be co-authored with their supervisor,
  3. should not have submitted their final thesis at the application deadline

Applications are to be sent to [email protected] with “FIG Foundation PhD Scholarship Application” shown in Subject Line.  Applicants are not to contact Foundation directors individually. Decisions are final. No correspondence will be entered into during or after the competition.

To apply, applicants should submit the documents listed below, as well as
complete the submission checklist. Successful applicants will qualify for a
further grant of up to 3,000 euros to attend and present a peer reviewed
paper at a FIG conference.

Applications will be judged on the quality of the application and need. In the event that two excellent applications are judged to be of equal quality, applications from low-income and lower-middle income countries will be preferred.


Applicants should submit the following set of documents in English as a
single file in PDF format using. A4 size paper using 25 mm (1” margins).
Each item should begin on a new page. Ensure that you
adhere to the requirements to avoid disqualification.

  1. A completed check list – see the end of this document. Note that if
    one item on the checklist is missing or disqualifies the candidate, the
    application is unlikely to be considered.
  2. A cover sheet showing the candidate’s personal details and those of
    his/her institution.
  3. A brief description and argument as to how the applicant’s academic
    programme addresses the “teaches surveying and graduates surveyors”
    component of Qualification Criterion 1 above. Provide web links to
    programme descriptions, course outlines and details of courses.
  4. A 200 word abstract. This should be written in terms understandable
    to the lay person; similar to a press release and which the FIG
    Foundation could actually use as a press release in the event of a
    successful application.
  5. A one page research proposal as per the template below on A4 size
    paper. Note that the one page limit will be strictly enforced; material
    that extends beyond one page will be deleted.
  6. A copy of the paper that has been re-submitted to the journal after
    corrections have been completed.
  7. A letter from the editor of the journal indicating that the paper
    has been accepted and that the necessary corrections have been completed
  8. The journal paper’s referees’ reports.
  9. A list of peer reviewed journal publications over the last 6 years
    using the International Journal of GIS reference list format. Use the
    following headings: Peer Reviewed Journal Papers, Peer Reviewed
    Conference Papers, Non- Peer Reviewed Conference Papers, Non- Peer
    Reviewed Journal  Papers, Books, Book Chapters and so forth. See Notes
    for Authors on the IJGIS website.
  10. A list of research funding obtained over the past 5 years,
    indicating which grants are peer reviewed or not.
  11. A description of research compliance, the research account and
    activity auditing structures and processes in their institution. For
    example, if a scientist spends money inappropriately, are there
    structures in place to refund the granting agency? Provide the names and
    web addresses of the administration departments and official
    organisation descriptions dealing with research compliance.
  12. A description of the structures and processes in their institution
    that pertain to research ethics, in particular ethics relating to
    research involving human subjects, if that is relevant to the grant
    application. Provide the names and web addresses of the administration
    departments and official organisation descriptions dealing with research
  13. A budget indicating how the funds will be spent and a one page
    justification of the budget. Note that as a general rule, equipment will
    not be funded. Travel to FIG Conferences to present results and tuition
    fees may be included in the budget. Per diems for field work will not be
    funded, but reasonable actual costs of field work are refundable.
  14. A brief letter from the applicant’s PhD supervisor indicating that
    they have read this document, that they confirm that the applicant has
    viewed the videos on How to Write Grant Proposals to the FIG Foundation,
    and that they have read the applicant’s proposal and recommend (or not)
    that the FIG Foundation Board of Directors consider the proposal.
  15. For transparency purposes, successful proposals, grantees’ final
    reports and progress reports on their activities and use funds will be
    published on the Foundation web page, and perhaps elsewhere, where
    appropriate. Please indicate your consent or otherwise for your
    proposal(s) and reports to be published. Grantees should provide
    compelling reasons for these documents not to be published.

In a separate PDF document, provide a comprehensive
academic CV.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the FIG Foundation PhD Scholarships 2020

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