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Durham University

IBRU: Centre for Borders Research

JRV Prescott Student Scholarship Programme

Thanks to a generous donation from the estate of international boundaries scholar JRV Prescott, IBRU is pleased to announce a scholarship programme to support postgraduate attendance at IBRU training workshops.

Each year, beginning in 2020, IBRU will award one student a scholarship covering workshop registration, plus up to £500 to defray expenses, to attend one of that year’s regularly scheduled training workshops. To be eligible a student must be enrolled in a postgraduate course of study, in any discipline.


How to Apply

To apply, please email the following to ibru@durham.ac.uk no later than the last day of March in the year in which one seeks to attend a workshop. Applications should consist of:

1. A statement, no longer than 500 words in length, detailing one’s background, course of study, career goals, and how attending the workshop will enable the applicant to complete their course of studies, pursue their career goals, and/or contribute to goals consistent with IBRU’s mission of “facilitat[ing] enhanced understanding of border areas, contribut[ing to the peaceful resolution of boundary disputes, and engag[ing] with broader geographic questions concerning the changing nature of sovereignty, territory, citizenship, and the political organisation of space.” Applicants should name a specific workshop and explain why that is particularly appropriate for their training needs.

2. A curriculum vitae, no longer than two pages in length.

3. One letter of recommendation.


**NOTE: Because of the March application deadline, the 2020 fellowship may not be used to attend the March 2020 Third-Party Settlement workshop. Instead, 2020 applicants should choose either the Negotiating Maritime Boundaries workshop in June or the September Geographic Information workshop. **

About IBRU Training Workshops:

Since 1996, IBRU has run over 60 training workshops on practical aspects of boundary-making and dispute resolution, including maritime boundary delimitation, negotiating international boundaries, preparing for litigation and arbitration, geographical information in boundary-making, and archive research for boundary dispute resolution. Typically, three three-day workshops are offered per year, on a variety of themes. Most attendees aredecision-makers involved in boundary-making, including diplomats, legal advisers, military officers, surveyors, cartographers, oil and gas exploration managers, consultants and senior academics. For more information, including this year’s workshop schedule, see https://www.dur.ac.uk/ibru/workshops/.

About JRV Prescott:

JRV Prescott was a world leader in international boundary studies, with key publications including The Geography of Frontiers and Boundaries (1965), The Political Geography of the Oceans (1975), The Maritime Political Boundaries of the World (1985), and Political Frontiers and Boundaries (1987). A complete bibliography of his works, as well as a biography, are available on the IBRU website, at https://www.dur.ac.uk/ibru/research/maps/prescott/. IBRU is grateful for the assistance of JRV Prescott’s widow, Dorothy Prescott, in establishing this fund.