Fédération Internationale des Géomètres (FIG) was founded on July 18 1878 in Paris by delegates from seven national associations – Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. It is the premier international organization representing the interests of surveyors worldwide. FIG is a federation of the national member associations and covers the whole range of professional fields within the global surveying community. This time, the FIG Foundation will be providing scholarships of up to 4,000 euros to PhD students.


Scholarship up to € 4,000


  • Applicant be studying for a PhD degree and registered solely in a surveying/geomatics academic .programme that teaches surveying in a country listed by the World Bank as a low-income, lower-middle or upper-middle income economy.
  • Applicant  must have had a paper accepted by a peer reviewed international journal based on their doctoral research project; applicants should be the lead author, and the paper should be co-authored with their supervisor.
  • Applicant  should not have submitted their final thesis at the application deadline.

How to apply:

Applicants should submit the following set of documents in English in the order set out below as a single file in PDF format on A4 paper:

  • A cover sheet showing the candidate’s personal details and those of his/her institution.
  • A 200 word abstract. This should be written in terms understandable to the lay person; similar to a press release and which the FIG Foundation could actually use as a press release in the event of a successful application.
  • A one page research proposal as per the template below on A4 size paper. Note that the one page limit will be strictly enforced; material that extends beyond one page will be deleted.
  • A copy of the paper that has been re-submitted to the journal after corrections have been completed.
  • A letter from the editor of the journal indicating that the paper has been accepted and that the necessary corrections have been completed satisfactorily.
  • The journal paper’s referees’ reports.
  • A list of peer reviewed journal publications over the last 6 years using the International Journal of GIS reference list format. See Notes for Authors on the IJGIS website.
  • A list of research funding obtained over the past 5 years, indicating which grants are peer reviewed or not.
  • A description of research compliance, the research account and activity auditing structures and processes in their institution. For example, if a scientist spends money inappropriately, are there structures in place to refund the granting agency?
  • A copy of the ethics approval notice for the research from the institution if that is relevant to the grant application. If ethics clearance is not required, then this should be stated in the application.
  • A budget indicating how the funds will be spent and a one page justification of the budget. Note that as a general rule, equipment will not be funded. Travel to FIG Conferences to present results and tuition fees may be included in the budget. Per diems for field work will not be funded, but reasonable actual costs of field work are refundable.


1 February 2017

Official website: http://www.fig.net/figfoundation/2017_phd_scholarship.asp