Postgraduate Travel Award

DARG provides an annual award to a postgraduate geography student to encourage and assist fieldwork in developing countries.

It is aimed at those preparing for a PhD in topics related to development studies. Applicants should be based at a British insititution of higher education, but may be of any nationality. The award must be spent on travel costs, and preference may be given to students in the early stages of their research. The successful candidate is required to provide a short report for the DARG Website.
The award is £800, although smaller awards are sometimes made.

The annual deadline is 1 June. The criteria for the award are:

  • Quality of the project design
  • Potential significance of the results
  • Support from referee (usually the supervisor)
  • Financial need

There is no application form, but the following information must be included in all applications as a pdf document:

Outline of the proposed research (maximum 3 pages – to include full budget)
A full curriculum vitae (including all qualifications and current institutional affiliation)
Full details of all existing or expected financial support
Applicants must also ensure that a reference (normally from the supervisor) arrives before the deadline. Please note that incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Completed applications will be judged by a panel of development geographers and the result notified in June.

All applications should be sent by email to DARG Chair, Jessica Hope: jessica.hope@bristol.ac.uk

Deadline: 1 June

Previous Winners include:

  • 1997/1998: Kuheli Mookerjee (UCL) “Resettlements in the Narmada Valley, India.”
  • 1999/2000: Meredith Cochrane (Royal Holloway) “Local Agency in a Globalizing South Africa: Opportunities and Obstacles for Small Black Business Owners in Two Port Cities.”
  • 2000/2001: Laurence Vagassky (LSE) “Settlement Upgrading in Dakar, Senegal.”
  • 2001/2002: Andrea Calantonio (Royal Holloway) “Foreign Direct Investment and the Urban Caribbean: Havana in the Special Period.”
  • 2002/3: Felicity Thomas (Sheffield) “The impact of HIV/AIDS on the Livelihoods of Female-Headed Households in Northern Namibia.”
  • 2003/4: Suresh Rohilla (Queen’s University Belfast) “The role of ground water in urban development – a case study of Delhi and its peri-urban region.”
  • 2004/5: Daniel Turner (Sheffield) “The Dynamic Nature of Care and Support for People LIving with HIV/AIDS in Botswana.”
  • 2005/6: Mariela Gaete Reyes (King’s College, London) “Exploring disabled people’s experiences of mobility and movement in the built environment: a comparative study with women wheelchair users from London, UK and Santiago, Chile”
  • 2006/7: Anne-Line Rodriguez (SOAS) “Poverty and gender in Senegal in the context of male immigration in Europe”
  • 2008: Elodie Marandet (Brunel University) “British AIDS policies in Malawi: a (geo) politics of scale?”
  • 2009: Gisela Zapata (Newcastle University)  “Developing a novel study of Colombian migrants”
  • 2016: Belen Martinez (University of West of England)“Empowering Women through non-traditional economic activities. A case study of a female operated travel company in Ladakh”
  • 2018: Kavita Dattani (Queen Mary, UoL) “Digitising Domestic Work: investigating the role of digital technologies and on-demand platforms in the work-lives of Delhi’s domestic workers”