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Ian Gass Bursary Application Form

The Ian Gass Bursary Award arises from monies subscribed by friends and colleagues of the late Professor Ian Gass FRS, founding professor of the Department of Earth Sciences at the Open University, to mark his retirement in 1991. Applications are welcomed from OU undergraduates or graduates who wish to carry out geological work towards some definite goal. OU graduates who are pursuing research for a postgraduate degree without the benefit of other grants are also welcome to apply provided the application is for a specific purpose that falls within the guidelines below. Exceptionally, for urgent work, extra funds may be available and applications may be considered more frequently than the January deadline.

1. The Award is open to OU undergraduates and to OU graduates who have taken modules within the Earth Sciences Pathway, or have completed an OU Geosciences Degree, as part of their OU studies.
2. It is intended to encourage/facilitate independent geological work in addition to or beyond OU studies.
3.The Award can be used for all normal expenses associated with geological work, such as travel and accommodation to support fieldwork.
4. The total Award for any one year will normally be a maximum of £2000.
5. In certain circumstances the Award may be shared between two or more applications.
6. As well as applications from individuals, joint applications involving two or more applicants will be considered.
7. The Award will normally be given to applicant(s) who have shown a high level of performance (Pass 2 or above) in at least 90 credits of OU Earth Sciences modules at level 2 or above.
8. The Award is not intended to fund further modules or organised excursions,
9. The Award is not open to research students who are receiving a postgraduate award from another body, such as the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
10. Although the Bursary would not fund the purchase of items/materials such as field equipment and text books, we would consider funding maps and aerial photographs.
11. Applicants will not normally be eligible to receive the Award more than once.
12. The Award Committee may decide not to make an award in any one year if they consider there are no suitable applications.
13. Successful applicants will be asked to complete an appropriate Risk Assessment prior to commencing work on their project.
14. We would expect any fieldwork to be completed within 12 months, and a short report submitted on the main results of the applicant(s) work within 18 months of receiving the Award. This report should be in a format relevant for the project – for some projects this might involve a formal scientific report; for others, where there is a particular focus on public engagement for example, a blog with an account summarising the process and impact of the project would be more suitable. The Chair of the Panel will suggest the most appropriate format where this is unclear. In most cases we would also encourage wider dissemination of reports through appropriate websites and/or publications.
15. At the same time as the report mentioned in 14 above, the successful applicant(s) should submit a brief financial statement detailing how the monies were spent. Both the scientific report and financial statement should be sent to the Senior Manager, School of Environment, Earth & Ecosystem Sciences, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA (e-mail: ).

Please complete all sections of the form below, attaching additional information if required and submit.