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Degree Committee for the Faculty of Earth Sciences & Geography


The School of Physical Sciences administers a fund to support research students with essential extra costs associated with a major piece of work carried out away from Cambridge and which is an integral part of their of research.

Please do check your eligibility and understand the uses/restrictions of the fund, and the Terms & Conditions before you make your application. If you would like financial assistance for shared resources (e.g. field assistant shared between 4 researchers) please only request funds to cover your share of the costs. All requests should be accompanied by

In this Faculty, the Fund is administered by the postgraduate team in the Department of Geography on behalf of Geography & SPRI, and by the Degree Committee Office on behalf of Earth Sciences. In all cases the grants are disbursed via your departmental finance offices. Any funding which cannot be used for the purposes for which it was granted must be returned to the fund managers. If you have not used the whole of your grant, please see your departmental finance office to arrange for part or all of the grant to be returned so that other students can benefit from it.


How to apply - Earth Sciences

  1. Apply for Leave to Work Away from Cambridge well in advance of travel. If approval has not yet been received by the time you make your application please note this. Evidence of approval will be required before any funds are released.
  2. Complete the Application Form in consultation with your supervisor
  3. Submit the form at least 1 month before your departure to the . Remember to attach documents supporting your cost estimates.
  4. You will be notified by e-mail of the outcome of your application. If your application is successful you will be able to collect your funding in the form of an advance from your Departmental finance office. Please ask them what financial records and/or receipts they will require from you to confirm how the funds were spent.
  5. After the trip please submit the final report form template we will send you on award.


How to apply - Geography/SPRI

  • Apply for Leave to Work Away from Cambridge well in advance of travel. The Department of Geography considers applications on a termly basis.
  • Complete the Application Form from the Department of Geography intranet in consultation with your supervisor
  • Attach the email from the Student Registry confirming your LWA
  • Submit the form by the application deadline in advance of your departure to the Head of Department.

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Office closures

No imminent office closures

Meeting dates

Meetings of the Degree Committee and Degree Ceremonies:

2023-24 Degree Committee dates:
19 September, 24 October, 21 November 2023.
16 January, 13 February, 12 March 2024.
23 April, 21 May, 11 June, 16 July, 17 September 2024.

2023-24 Degree Ceremonies:
20,21 October, 25 November 2023
26 January, 24 February, 23 March,
6 April, 27 April, 17,18 May, 18,19,20 July 2024.