The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology


Expeditions Committee (ExCo)

The Newcastle University Expeditions Committee (ExCo) encourages and supports expeditions outside the UK, which are led by students and focused on their research.

ExCo can provide financial support for student-led expeditions outside of the UK. Projects need to independently organised and worthwhile, and activities must be safe and feasible. The two main sources of funding are:

The expedition committee can also offer advice on planning your expedition. More information on ExCo and the support it can provide is available at Student Wellbeing

The closing date for University Expedition Funding applications is the last Friday in January.

Sonia Stonehouse Fund

During the 1950s and 1960s, Sonia Stonehouse was a secretary in the Geography department at Newcastle

When Sonia passed away in 2007, her family established the Sonia Stonehouse Expedition Fund to support overseas fieldwork for dissertation research.

Through the fund we are able to award up to £1500 to geography undergraduate students undertaking overseas fieldwork.

Applications are reviewed by a panel of academic staff on the basis of:

  • quality of research
  • depth of planning
  • logistics
  • health, safety and ethical issues


The fund is open to all F800, L701 FH82 and LK74 stage 2 students to help support overseas fieldwork for their final year dissertation. Individuals may apply but the committee particularly encourages expedition teams of 2 or more students. Similarly, preference will be given to proposals that demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • valuable experiences for Newcastle students and their counterparts from the host country
  • the least possible exposure to predictable risks
  • promotion of the University's and the School’s name
  • a lasting positive impacts for the locality and/or the host country
  • academic ability, energy and commitment to their studies
  • financial circumstances

Application procedure

Due to the current coronavirus / COVID-19 situation, we're unable to accept applications or award any Sonia Stonehouse Expedition Funding in 2020

The closing date for applications is the last Friday in April.

External Funding

In additional to Newcastle University funding, students can apply for financial support for their expeditions from a variety of external funders. A list of some of the main opportunities is given below, but this by no means exhaustive. Students should search for additional funding sources, including any grants specific to their topic (e.g. awarded for work in a particular country or focused on a specific aspect of geography) and to their background (schemes may be available for students from particular regions or countries).