BGA Fund

The BGA Fund is for:

1. Raising the understanding and the appreciation of geotechnics by the public, particularly pupils at schools and colleges (to further the interest in geotechnics as a career) and other technical/scientific professionals (to encourage the employment of experts in geotechnics on projects wherever appropriate)

2. Aiding young undergraduates and graduates in geotechnics and allied subjects (normally under 30 years of age) in their training and experience (including funding of teaching, research and travel, eg exchanges with young graduates in other countries).

Any member of the BGA may nominate a person or organisation for consideration for the provision of funds. The allotment of funds will be determined by the members of the Executive Committee in their role as Trustees of the BGA at one of their regular normal committee meetings.


Please consider donating to the BGA fund. Download: BGA_Fund_Donation_Form

Apply for the BGA Fund Award

Each year the BGA allocates a sum of money to contribute to further study or advancement of the applicant’s career in technical subjects. It is not designed to fund courses or for membership of ICE or similar organisations.

The award will provide financial support of up to £1,000 for BGA members wanting to return to full or part time education for a higher degree or higher level of study beyond a first degree. Awards will consist of a single payment to successful applicants.

The BGA Fund Award is associated with excellence. We are looking for BGA members who are committed to geotechnical engineering and who have the potential to excel as geotechnical engineers.  Applications are particularly encouraged from members at an early stage of their career.

Key Dates

Applications can be submitted at any time but will be assessed twice a year. Applications comprising a fully completed application form and referee form received by the Secretary of the BGA not later than 31 May and 30 November are reviewed shortly thereafter.

Am I eligible?

You must be a student or full member of the BGA.

You must have at least one year’s post-graduate industry or research experience.

The higher level of study to be undertaken must be of a geotechnical nature or related subject.

Applications may be made either during or before a period of study. Awards will not be made in retrospect of a period of study.

Applicants must either normally reside in the UK for the purpose of part or full-time education or be a UK/EU national.

You may not receive more than two BGA Fund Awards. If you are a previous award recipient there must be a lapse of one year before applying again.

You must write a report of between 2,000 and 3,000 words outlining how the allocated funds have been used during the period of study.

Any publications arising from the award, whether wholly or in part, should acknowledge BGA support. This includes on-line publications, such as conference web sites.

Download: BGA Fund Award (Application Form) 2017

Download: BGA Fund Award (Sponsor Form) 2017

Download: BGA Fund Award 2017 (Flyer)

Past Awardees

Case Study: Scott Francis

ScottScott is a final year undergraduate at the University of Portsmouth studying for a BEng (Hons) Engineering Geology and Geotechnics. Scott tells us how the award of a bursary from the BGA fund is helping him to complete his course.

“I enrolled at Portsmouth University as a mature student in 2011 after several years working in property and development for a main contractor. The ongoing costs of supporting a family led to tightening finances towards the end of the second year. As a member of the BGA, I applied to the fund to assist with travel and accommodation costs associated with data collection for my dissertation project. This opened up a wider area and allowed me to tailor research towards my interests of tunnelling and rock mass assessment, something that would have been very limited in the tertiary deposits of the Hampshire Basin. After completion of the course I aim to specialise in rock mass assessment for tunnelling and mining, where I hope the dissertation research assisted by the BGA will put me in good stead for a successful career.”

Case Study: Sonia Carley

SoniaSonia’s story: “I’m a single mother of three children. I was young when I started my family and it cut my education short. I have waited until my children are older to attend university, and set up a cleaning business to support myself and work my own hours in order to attend the lectures. I’ve always had a passion for geology and the related processes so I enrolled at the University of Portsmouth to study for my BEng Engineering Geology and Geotechnics in 2011. The course is fantastic and sets a very high professional standard. For my dissertation I will be going to the Peak District to do all the geological groundwork for a tunnel at Winnats Pass. This is the crucial step in my degree path, it is also very expensive in terms of accommodation and travel. I applied to the BGA for help with these costs. The money awarded has literally meant I can continue at university and finish my degree. I am currently looking for a graduate placement to continue my learning after my graduation in 2014.”

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