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Our grants support surveying and land economy students from any developing country

Design the future city

We support surveying students who need financial help to attend conferences worldwide

Bring the urban and rural together

Surveying students looking at ecology and the urban space are encouraged to apply

About Us

The Aubrey Barker Fund was created in 1972 to support education, training and research related to the disciplines of land surveying, quantity surveying and land economy.

If you are a student of land surveying/geomatics, land economy (including valuation and estate management), and/or quantity surveying, in any developing country, you may be eligible for a bursary to support your education, assist your student project, or help you attend a conference or meeting. Contact us at the address below.

The fund was set up in March 1972 in memory of Aubrey Barker, a distinguished surveyor from Guyana, who was president-designate of The Commonwealth Association of Surveying and Land Economy  (CASLE)  but died before taking office.  He had done so much to promote CASLE that colleagues throughout the Commonwealth contributed to a fund to be used in support of education, training, research and projects related to the disciplines of land surveying, quantity surveying and land economy.

The objects of the Fund are:

  • To assist with bursaries for such persons as the trustees shall think fit to enable them to study and acquire knowledge and skill in the disciplines, and in particular of promoting the same in developing countries (whether or not in the Commonwealth) in which there would be special benefit to the community.
  • To establish or support or aid in the establishment or support of projects for the dissemination of knowledge and skill in the disciplines defined above.
  • To establish or support or aid in the establishment or support of projects for research or experiment in relation to the said disciplines or to the application of the disciplines.

Funding Available

The Trustees of the Aubrey Barker Fund invite applications for grants from students from developing countries within the fields of land surveying, quantity surveying and land economy.  Land surveying can be interpreted as including subjects now generally described as geomatics.  Land economy includes valuation and estate management.  The grants available are summarized as follows:

Bursary for an academic course

These awards are to help an intending student from a developing country to take advantage of a course of study which otherwise he or she would not be able to afford.   Preference will be given to those whom the committee judge to be the most likely to benefit, to contribute to his/her home community and whose need appears to be the greatest.

Each bursary is intended to pay for a proportion of the applicant’s tuition fee and will be paid directly to the academic institution and not to the student.  The value of a grant for any one year will normally be one thousand pounds sterling, subject to a maximum total of three thousand pounds sterling for any one student. Normally only one grant per annum will be awarded in respect of any one institution, although up to three applications may be submitted by an institution for consideration.

In order to qualify for an award. The intending student must be a national of a developing country as defined by the World Bank, and normally resident in, the continent of his/her home country, and accepted by the named institution for enrolment on a named academic course of study which must be at undergraduate level, and which must normally be of between one and three academic years’ duration.

An approved grant will be paid for the duration of the course, subject to a maximum of three annual or stage payments, and subject to the student passing each year or stage of the course.  If a student fails to progress to the next year or stage of a course then the next year or stage grant will not be paid until the student has remedied the failure to the satisfaction of the academic institution, which will be required to certify eligibility to proceed.

Applications must include a supporting statement from the institution concerned and received by the Secretary at least six months prior to the commencement of the course.

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Bursary for a project

Any student from developing countries studying for a qualification may apply for a grant to assist with a project which is a required part of his/her course.

The grant may cover equipment not available from the college, or field work costs (travel and subsistence), up to a maximum of £1000.  Applications must be accompanied by full details of the project and costings.  Any equipment provided will become the property of the college.

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Support for Student Organisations

Student organisations from developing countries may apply to The Aubrey Barker Fund for support for student meetings.

Funds can be used as travel bursaries to attend the meeting, to support tutors on training courses, or for specific costs in setting up a conference or training course. Applications should include details of the meeting for which support is needed, a justification, and a cost breakdown of how the money would be spent. The maximum to be awarded will be £1000.

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Support for attending a conference

Attendance at a conference by students from developing countries may be supported through a request from a student organisation (see above) or from professional organisations in developing countries. 

Applications should be channelled through the organisation managing the conference and there should be a clear indication of the value of attendance to the student(s) concerned. The Fund will not consider requests from individuals for support to travel to a conference.  Please contact us for more information.

Any student awarded a grant to attend a conference is required to produce an individual and independent report, (no more than two pages A4) showing the value of attendance and what was learned.





Prizes and Reports

We are proud to have supported surveying students from across the world in their studies.
A condition of some of our grants is that students provide a report on their progress.


Any theme may be chosen provided it falls within the disciplines of land surveying and land economy including valuation and quantity surveying.
The value of the prize is equivalent to £500.

More information

Galina Alova
2013 CASLE Lecture Prize

Jamal A. V. Browne
2014 World Bank Conference


Trustees & Contact


Mr Anthony Chase FRICS
Professor Ian Dowman BSc PhD FRICS (Chairman)
Mr R E H Hayward BSc (Est. Man), FRICS
Mr C R Little BA (Hons) DipLS
Mr Michael Newey DSc (Hon) BSc FRICS FCIH FRSA MAHI
Professor Sarah Sayce BSc PhD FRICS IRRV
Mr C Strathon MRICS
Mr E B D Waldy, MPhil, FRICS


Tel: +44 (0) 1923 284805