The Gill Harwood Memorial Fund

The Gill Harwood Memorial Fund offers financial support to female graduate students (of any age) and female sedimentologists (under the age of 30), of any nationality, who require funds to assist them in carrying out sedimentological fieldwork or for attendance at international meetings.

Successful recipients of each fund are required to report on their BSRG-supported activities, normally via presenting a poster or talk at the following year’s Annual General Meeting.

About the Fund

In memory of Gill Harwood's international contribution to evaporite and carbonate sedimentology, and in keeping with Gill's spirit of global adventure and knowing that she would want other young women to share in some of the opportunities she pursued. The British Sedimentological Research Group, with assistance from the International Association of Sedimentologists and the Geological Society of London, have raised money through donations to generate a fund that will enable yearly grants to be awarded. The donations towards this fund were given mainly by individuals who knew and worked with Gill, from industry and from the British Sedimentological Research Group.

We wish to thank all of the many individuals who contributed to this fund, and to Amerada Hess, British Petroleum, Cambridge Carbonates, Mobil North Sea, Ranger Oil, and the Universities of East Anglia, Leeds and Newcastle for their generous contributions.

Jan Alexander (University of East Anglia)
Dan Bosence (Royal Holloway University of London)
Duncan Pirrie (Camborne School of Mines)

Thanks to the Personal Contributors to the Gill Harwood Memorial Fund:
A. Adams, T. Alexandersson, J. Andrews, T. Atkinson, R. Bathurst, K. Bjorlykke, U. Boiano, I. Boomer, P. Brenchley, N. Chroston, I. Davison, H. Downes, W-C. Dullo, I. Fairchild, Fiona, G. Friedman, P. Friend, G. Fries, A. Friewald, S. Frisia, B. Funnel, R. Ginsburg, D. Grainger, O. Green, J, Hendry, J. Hudson, J. Ineson, E. Insalaco, I. Jarvis, T. Jickells, G. Kelling, M. Leeder, J. Light, I. Lind, J-P. Loreau, M. Luca, B. Maher, R. Major, M. Mange, I. McCave, B. Myers, G. Nichols, T.O'Riordan, F. Orszag-Sperber, H. Owen, L. Pray, C. Pudsey, E. Purdy, B. Purser, H. Reading, J. Reijmer, R. Riding, G. Rizzi, K. Schofield, S. van Rose, F. Vine, I. West, P. Wilson, J. Wood, R. Wood, J. Wonham, P. Wright.

Additional contributions to the fund would be very welcome and should be sent to either: Jan Alexander, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, U.K. or Dan Bosence, Department of Geology, Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX, U.K.

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 (conference or fieldwork) 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 or conference attendance. 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.

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