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Grants and Bursaries

SGHT is not currently accepting grant applications.

SGHT has previously supported Government-approved research undertaken on South Georgia to benefit the island.

Marine biodiversity grant


SGHT supported research to develop marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean. The research was undertaken by Claire Tancell through studies at Cambridge University and research at British Antarctic Survey.SGHT worked in partnership with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation ( to protect the future of South Georgia's marine life. <Read more about Claire Tancell's studies>. <Download the first year report on Claire's research>


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Albatrosses indicate the presence of marine life
Benthic study grant 

SGHT has supported British Antarctic Survey ( in its studies of the biodviersity of the benthic floor of the Southern Ocean, in partnership with the Government of South Georgia. The study undertaken by David Barnes and Oliver Hogg, created 14,000 unique records representing 1027 species of seabed life. 

Read article about the biodiversity work


 Anenomes in shallow water by Simon Morley

2010-11 Bursary award



 In 2010-11 the David Nicholls annual bursary was awarded to the Shallow Marine Surveys Group based in the Falkland Islands. In November 2010 the group collected specimens from around South Georgia as part of an intertidal survey. From mid-February 2011 the group began the work of sorting and identifying the thousands of specimens collected,

<Read the report of the Shallow Marine Surveys Group on their intertidal survey> 

<Read the paper published as a result of the intertidal survey part-sponsored by SGHT>

 Intertidal survey

Annual bursary award and application



SGHT awards an annual bursary of £5,000 in honour of its founder, the late Brigadier David Nicholls RM. The bursary was created to financially enable an individual or group to undertake research to benefit South Georgia. Previous bursary winners have been part of school expedition teams to South Georgia, have used specialist knowledge to conserve artefacts at South Georgia Museum and have produced art and exhibitions inspired by the island.

In 2011 Trustees agreed that South Georgia Museum's annual curatorial internship should be the recipient of the David Nicholls' bursary, now renamed as the David Nicholls' internship bursary. 






 David Nicholls

SGHT research grants


SGHT can award a grant of up to £20,000 for research work which will benefit the island of South Georgia.




Download the application form to apply for the SGHT grant



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