Undergraduate Sponsorship Scheme

The PESGB YPs aim to support young geoscientists and encourage participation in the oil and gas industry. Our main outreach project involves a donation of £50 to up to 10 students at a range of UK universities, including Durham, Liverpool and Manchester. In addition to this, we also offer the selected students one year of free membership to the PESGB. We will continue this scheme in 2020.


Below are a few words from a number of students that benefited from sponsorship in 2016:

I would like to thank the PESGB for their funding, which allowed me to undertake my honours mapping project in Col de la Cayolle. Situated in the southeast of France the geology of the area can be summed up by the words of Tuzo “Beneath all the wealth of detail in a geological map lies an elegant, orderly simplicity”.

The aim of my mapping project was to determine the depositional environment and the geological history of the area. This was achieved by studying the fossils, sedimentary structures, structural features, depositional indications and the mapping of the geological formations. This was particularly interesting as I was able to find that the formations consisted of Annot sandstone, blue pelagic marls and nummultic limestone. This allowed me to conclude that the depositional environment changes over time from a deep marine to a shelf marine environment, which also involved a retrogression and transgression.

The funding that the PESGB provided enabled me to have the chance to visit and study the French Alps. If I had the opportunity to do extra work in the French Alps, I would do further research on the Annot Sandstone, which has been deposited by turbidity currents and its potential to act as a reservoir rock analogue.

Alexandra Robinson, University of Liverpool


My final year fieldwork project consisted of independently mapping the geological strata of a 5km2 area to the north of Saint Florent, Corsica. The aim was to gather an appropriate quantity of field data to produce a report that would include; detailed geological and geomorphology maps, sedimentary logs, rock descriptions and structural interpretations. The thirty days would be spent analysing predominantly high pressure, low temperature metamorphic rocks of the Schists Lustre, Farinole Continental Slice and also outcrops of unmetamorphosed Miocene sediments.

This PESGB sponsorship financed two pieces of equipment paramount for a geologist; a quality rock hammer and a hand lens. These two items ensured I could make more refined observations in the field and enable the collection of rock samples used for further analysis in the laboratory. Using these tools, I was able to discover garnets in eclogite facies rocks and complex rhodolith structures in Miocene sediments.

Callum Hanson, University of Manchester


In June 2016 I went to the Isle of Skye to study the structural and chronostratagraphic geology of Torrin, just south of Broadford.  I was looking mostly at the units around the Beinn na Dubhaich granite, intruded as part of the North Atlantic Igneous province, concentrating on the relationships between the pluton and the surrounding sediments and metasediments. From the data I have collected, I am look forward to investigating the multi-stage intrusion relationships of the granite pluton and the metamorphic aureole associated with its contact metamorphism, which displays a number of uncommon scarn minerals. I hope later to present my conclusions as part of my dissertation, which will contribute towards my final grade as I graduate in summer 2017. I am also considering undertaking an MSc.

Receiving the PESGB scholarship through my university, has not only helped me finance my mapping trip, but it has also given me the confidence to carry on developing my fieldwork skills and techniques, ready for future employment in the mineral exploration industry.

Sam Kersley, University of Portsmouth


Once the PESGB YP has launched the process of sponsorship (which normally occurs in late Spring), universities are contacted by the PESGB YP and asked to select students per university. We believe that the university itself is best placed to allocate the funds to a particular student as they know the individual students and their circumstances far better than we do. The funds are intended to be received by students who will participate in an individual mapping project. To reiterate, the university will be responsible for student selection and allocation of the reward; it is intended that the money be put towards travel/transport for the project and so should be allocated to a student who would be best served by receiving the support. 


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