Rupert Ford Travel Award

Royal Meteorological Society

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Grant amount: Up to £1,500

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Research Scientist PhD Student Faculty Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within 15 years of receiving their PhD

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About the Society

The Royal Meteorological Society is the Professional and Learned Society for Weather and Climate.

The Society serves not only those in academia and professional meteorologists, but also those whose work is affected in some way or other by the weather or climate, or simply have a general interest in the weather. The membership includes scientists, practitioners and a broad range of weather enthusiasts.

We administer the national qualifications of the profession and under our Royal Charter pursue our purpose of the advancement of meteorological science. As meteorological science has developed it has come to include not just the science of weather and climate itself, but the application of this to disciplines such as agriculture, aviation, hydrology, marine transport and oceanography, as well as the impacts of climate change and the interaction between the atmosphere and the oceans.

The programmes of the Society are broad and diverse. The Society publishes four international science journals and an in-house journal. Our programme of conferences and meetings bring together scientists from across the international community, and in addition we have a number of very active local centres and special interest groups. We have an active education programme for teachers and children at both primary and secondary schools and promote continuing professional development from those in their first job to the most senior professionals. The Society also provides support to the media and is actively involved in the Government policy development on areas around weather and climate change.

The Society was established on 3 April 1850 as 'The British Meteorological Society', and was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1866, when its name was changed to "The Meteorological Society". The privilege of adding 'Royal' to the title was granted by Her Majesty Queen Victoria in 1883. Amalgamation with the Scottish Meteorological Society took place in 1921. The Patron of the Society is HRH The Prince of Wales.

Mission statement

“To promote meteorology as a science, profession and interest."

Rupert Ford Award

The Royal Meteorological Society has been asked to administer the Rupert Ford Fund which has been set up by his family, friends and colleagues to honour the name of the late Dr Rupert Ford, whose brilliant scientific career was cut short by illness.

The Fund is used to sponsor travel by outstanding young scientists from any part of the world to enable them to undertake research work or study in meteorology or associated physical oceanography (air-sea interaction) at a centre of excellence outside their own countries.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Early career scientists are defined as no more than 15 years into their career, excluding career breaks.
  • Applicants do not need to be members of the Royal Meteorological Society.


  •  It is anticipated that nominees shall normally be in the later stages of a PhD studentship or in early stages of post-doctoral work.


  • No person shall be eligible for the Award a second time.