Grants and Bursaries

Government-approved research undertaken on South Georgia to benefit the island.

Note: SGHT is not currently accepting grant applications, to see what we’re working on see our Current Projects page.

Previous Projects

Some information on previous projects are given below.

David Nicholls

Intertidal survey

Annual bursary award

SGHT awarded 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.

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

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,

Albatrosses indicate the presence of marine life Marine biodiversity grant

Prince Albert II of Monaco logo
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 Claire’s published paper below.

Anenomes in shallow water by Simon Morley 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: