London Natural History Society The place for wildlife in London

London Natural History Society - The place for wildlife in London


The London Natural History Society (LNHS) is offering 2 awards this year for projects involving any aspect of natural history in London, preferably for fieldwork within the Greater London area, but possibly for relevant, archival research.

We also support methodologically-sound survey work in any aspect of natural history, on the National Trust’s Bookham Commons site, in the most south-westerly part of our area where we have a long-standing survey and we will consider applications for a grant to students carrying out such survey work on Bookham Commons as part of their research.

Grant conditions

Any students that are awarded a grant agree to :

  • (i) present the results of their work at one of LNHS’ virtual or in-person talks next season (October 2021-June 2022); and
  • (ii) write a short report of their work (similar to the 2-3 page summary abstract in a PhD thesis or MSc dissertation) to be sent to the Society. With the student and their university department’s agreement, this report could be considered for one of the LNHS publications (London Naturalist, London Bird Report, or the LNHS Newsletter). This would not preclude publication elsewhere and this could be acknowledged in the summary report.

How to apply

Current MSc or PhD level students may apply by completing a short two-page application as a Word document and submitting this by email to the Grant Administrator.

The first page should give the place of work/study, the degree they are registered for, the name of the supervisor/tutor with their e-mail address or phone no. and a title for the planned project. It should also list any previous natural history experience, relevant presentations given, or reports/papers published. However, we will consider proposals from students early in their careers who may have limited experience.

The second page should give an abstract of the intended work in less than 300 words under the following headings:

  • Title
  • General Aim
  • How/Why it is of interest
  • Specific task(s) funding would be used for, including where
  • Concluding sentence on how the results might advance knowledge or be applied.

The deadline for applications is 28th May by 6 pm. Successful applicants will be notified within approximately 2-3 weeks.

Author: JK Cruickshank & Maria Roberts, London Natural History Society
Date Published: 26/03/2021