Esri UK & Black Geographers

What are we funding?

There will be two awards made every academic year:​

  1. Undergraduate Award of £30,000 to study geography or geoscience (£10,000/yr). The award can be spent on fees or maintenance.​
  2. Masters Award of £20,000 (full time 1 year masters) to study within the disciplines of geography or geoscience.​

Why apply?

Find out how and why to apply.

Eligibility criteria​

To be considered for the undergraduate award, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. You have Black or mixed Black heritage
  2. You have an offer from a UK university, starting in September 2023, to study:
    1. An undergraduate degree in geography or related geoscience
    2. A Master’s degree in GIS or a course with a significant component of GIS
    3. Have been assessed for fee status as a ‘home’ or ‘RUK’ (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland)
  3. You meet at least one of the following:
    1. Qualified for free school meals
    2. You are a young carer
    3. You are a Looked After Child
    4. Priority will be given to applicants whose household income is assessed as £23,999 or less. Applicants with a household income of between £24,000 and £33,900 may also apply

You can demonstrate how and why the scholarship will enable you to fulfil your educational and professional ambitions.

Key dates

  • Applications open 16th December 2022 for undergrad and masters
  • Closing date for both 7th April 2023​
  • Awards announced at Esri UK Annual Conference 2023

Application process

​Submit a short video (90 seconds max), a 500 word essay or other medium of your choice that answers the question below:

Why is geography or geosciences important to you and what do you plan to do with your new skills, knowledge and qualifications?

What will you need to do?

  • Fill out a questionnaire providing some personal details
  • Provide a cover letter introducing yourself
  • Submit either:
    • A link to your unlisted application video on YouTube
    • Upload an application essay
  • In addition, you can add links to other relevant material to support your application (optional)

Applications closed

Applications closed on 7th April 2023