FIG Foundation PhD Scholarship in Denmark in 2021

Applications are currently being invited for the FIG Foundation PhD Scholarship in Denmark for the 2021/2022 academic session.

FIG represents the interests of surveyors worldwide and is a United Nations and World Bank recognized non-governmental organization. It has national member associations, cadastral and mapping agencies and ministries, universities and corporates from over 120 countries.

For this reason, it provides an international forum for discussion and development aiming to promote professional practice and standards.

Worth of Award

The FIG Foundation will be providing scholarships of up to 4,000 euros plus possible funding for conference travel to PhD students.

Successful applicants will also qualify for a further grant of up to 3,000 euros to attend and present a peer reviewed paper at an FIG conference.


In order to be eligible for the FIG Foundation PhD Scholarship in Denmark, applicants shall:

  1. be studying for a PhD degree and registered solely in a surveying/geomatics academic programme. That is a program that teaches surveying in a country listed by the World Bank as a low-income, lower-middle or upper-middle income economy.
  2. have had a paper accepted by a peer reviewed international journal based on their doctoral research project. Expectedly, applicants should be the lead authors, and the paper should be co-authored with their supervisors.
  3. not have submitted their final thesis at the application deadline.


As a potential candidate, you need to submit the following:

  1. A completed check list. Use this document to check that all documents are included in your application and also include the checklist in your submission. Note that if one item on the checklist is missing or disqualifies the candidate, the application is unlikely to be considered.
  2. A cover sheet showing the candidate’s personal details and those of his/her institution.
  3. A brief description and argument as to how the applicant’s academic programme addresses the “teaches surveying and graduates surveyors” component of the Qualification Criterion. Equally provide web links to programme descriptions, course outlines and details of courses.
  4. A 200 word abstract. This should be written in terms understandable to the lay person. Make it similar to a press release and which the FIG Foundation could actually use as a press release in the event of a successful application.
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  1. You need a one page research proposal as per the template provided on A4 size paper. Note that the one page limit will be strictly enforced; material that extends beyond one page will be deleted.
  2. For the paper accepted by a peer reviewed international journal based on their doctoral research project, provide a copy of the paper that was re-submitted to the journal after corrections have been completed. Or submit the published paper.
  3. A letter from the editor of the journal indicating that the paper has been accepted and that the necessary corrections have been completed satisfactorily.
  4. The journal’s referees’ reports for the paper.
  5. A list of research funding obtained over the past 5 years, indicating which grants are peer reviewed or not.


A list of peer reviewed journal publications over the last 6 years using the International Journal of GIS (IJGIS) reference list format. Use the following headings:

  • Peer Reviewed Journal Papers,
  • Peer Reviewed Conference Papers,
  • Non- Peer Reviewed Conference Papers,
  • Non- Peer Reviewed Journal Papers, Books, Book Chapters and so forth.
  • A description of research compliance, the research account and activity auditing structures and processes in their institution.
  • A description of the structures and processes in their institution that pertain to research ethics. Pay particular attention to ethics relating to research involving human subjects, if that is relevant to the grant application. Yet again, you should provide the names and web addresses of the administration departments and official organisation descriptions dealing with research compliance.


  1. A budget indicating how the funds will be spent and a one page justification of the budget should be provided. Travel to FIG Conferences to present results and tuition fees may be included in the budget and reasonable actual costs of fieldwork are refundable.
  2. Submit a brief letter from the applicant’s PhD supervisor indicating that they have read this document. It should equally reveal that they confirm that the applicant has viewed the videos on How to Write Grant Proposals to the FIG Foundation. Let it also indicate that they have read the applicant’s proposal and recommend (or not) that the FIG Foundation Board of Directors consider the proposal.
  3. For transparency purposes, successful proposals, grantees’ final reports and progress reports on their activities and used funds will be published on the Foundation web page. Perhaps elsewhere where appropriate as well. So please indicate your consent or otherwise for your proposal(s) and reports to be published. Equally important, grantees should provide compelling reasons for these documents not to be published.
  4. In a separate PDF document, provide a comprehensive academic CV.
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How to Apply

Applications for the FIG Foundation PhD Scholarship in Denmark are to be sent to [email protected] with “FIG Foundation PhD Scholarship Application” shown in Subject Line.

Unfailingly, potential applicants should view both videos on How to Apply for FIG Grants on the FIG Foundation web page under Grants & Fellowships at

Deadline: Applications close on June 1, 2021.


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