The Trevor Elliott Memorial Fund

The Trevor Elliott Fieldwork Fund offers financial support for postgraduate students (of any age) to undertake field-based sedimentological research.
Successful recipients of the fund are expected to report on their BSRG-supported activities, normally by presenting a poster or talk at the following year’s Annual General Meeting.

About the fund

This fund was set up in memory of Trevor Elliott by his family, friends, students and colleagues. Trevor’s research interests spanned fluvial to deepwater stratigraphy, sedimentology and basin analysis. Trevor’s greatest strengths were in his scientific methods and teaching style and ability to engage with everyone, regardless of experience. We wish to thank all of the individuals who contributed to this fund.


How to Apply

Applications are assessed by the BSRG Committee primarily on the originality of the research and need. Send the following documents by e-mail to the BSRG Awards Officer by 31st January (rtf or pdf format, all in 12 point Times, single spaced, minimum 1.5 cm margin, with diagrams if appropriate):

1. A brief CV emphasizing your academic qualifications back to first degree level. Include: your name, current UK university, supervisors name(s), current source of funding, other sources of funding applied for (all frequently omitted!). Stick to relevant information we don't need to know if you can juggle chain saws while unicycling but we do need to hear about the training you have received (any related courses/industry experience acquired during your PhD period), relevant skills, any other awards you have received during your PhD research and the financial background to your project (for example are you NERC-, Industry-, University-, Department- or self-funded or a combination of these?). No more than 1 side of A4.

2. An outline of your present and proposed research. Outline the key generic problem that your PhD research is aiming to solve. Try to stress the aims, and possible uses of the research. Why should we fund you and not someone else? You must include: an explanation of how the award will be used and how your personal development and academic experience will benefit. No more than 2 sides of A4.

3. A breakdown of the budget giving details of the total cost of fieldwork. If you are applying for partial funding from BSRG you need to include a statement of how the balance will be raised. We need to know the exact amount that you are requesting from the fund. 1 side A4 max.

4. An e-mail from your supervisor, sent directly to the BSRG Awards Officer by the deadline, that includes a statement confirming that you are a PhD student at the institution named in your CV and demonstrating that you fulfil the conditions of the award. The email should include an explanation of why the award is needed for the project. This should not be a reference as such but should justify the request for funding and include comments as to why additional funds are required.

Past Recipients

2023: Candela Martinez, (Royal Holloway) - "Sedimentological characterisation of fault-controlled systems along the eastern margin of the Crati Basin (Italy)"

2022: Yorick Veenma (Univrsity of Cambridge) - "Characterising the terrigenous mud supply to pre-vegetation marine depocentres (N Wales and SE Ireland)" - Award of £200 to support fieldwork in Canada.

2019: Cole McCormick (University of Manchester) - "Fluid movement through subsurface carbonates" – Award of £500 to support fieldwork in Western Canada.

2017: Juliet Sefton (University of Durham) – “Mangroves – precise indicators of late Holocene sea-level changes?” – Award of £500 to support fieldwork in Panama.