The RGS/IBG Social and Cultural Geography Research Group is pleased to offer an annual prize of £100 for the best undergraduate dissertation. In addition, we will announce a runner-up prize. Both prize-winners will receive a year’s subscription to the Journal of Social and Cultural Geography published by Taylor & Francis. Please see the mission statement on the SCGRG website for our definition of social and cultural geography.

Nominated dissertations should be:

  1. an outstanding theoretical and/or empirical piece of work;
  2. usually be 10,000 words or more in length;
  3. be submitted for formal assessment in the current academic year to a UK Higher Education Institution for a BA/BSc level Geography degree programme; 
  4. include a full set of references and images (as relevant);
  5. be written in English.

We are looking to reward both excellent scholarship and innovation in the study of social and cultural geography. Please note that a department may not submit more than one entry to the prize. Nominated dissertations may however be submitted for consideration for other RGS-IBG prizes. 

Submission procedure

Nominations are requested from the Head of Department or Dissertation Convener. All dissertations should be submitted as a single PDF file, with an email that will be live post-September, and contact address for the student. Submissions should be emailed to with ‘SCGRG Dissertation prize submission’ as the subject header. 

For further queries about the SCGRG Undergraduate Dissertation Prize please contact the Dissertation Prize Coordinator Saskia Warren at, School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester. Further information, including previous winning entries, can also be found in the dissertation prize section of the SCGRG website.

Deadline: 15th July 2021