Current Opportunities

Current Opportunities

Connecting Cultures – An expenses paid week in the Omani desert for 17-25 year olds

Knowledge Exchange Grants for Early Career Researchers – Up to £1000 Available

Discovering Oman – An expenses paid field week in Oman for innovative geography teachers

Connecting Cultures: Scotland in Oman: Winter 2018/19

In celebration of the strong ties between the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and Outward Bound Oman, three fully-funded places are now available for outstanding young people aged between 17-25 years to attend a unique and powerful 5-day course at The University of the Desert in Oman. To get a taste of what it’s all about, check out the video below:

An adventure of a lifetime, you’ll trek by camel, follow ancient donkey trails and explore the desert through freezing nights and sweltering days! All the time, you’ll be engaged in riveting conversations, activities and workshops with other inspirational young people from around the world. You’ll discuss cultural differences and misconceptions, think about issues such as the media, terrorism and sustainability, and share your own perspective on life at home.

It’s a very special opportunity at the oldest university on Earth. So, what are you waiting for? Get you application in now!


December 9th-13th 2018 (Male); January 20th-24th 2019 (Female); January 27th-31st 2019 (Male)

How to Apply

Please complete this application and return to the e-mail address supplied at the bottom of the form by 30th September 2018.

If you heard about this course through the RSGS, please let us know by e-mailing and we can let the team in Oman know!

Further information can be found here.

Knowledge Exchange Grants 2018 For Early Career Researchers

We are delighted to launch a new funding initiative, the RSGS Knowledge Exchange Grants. Aimed at early researchers, these seek to promote geography through disseminating the results of geographical enquiry and research for the benefit of the wider public.

Notes of guidance and details of the application process available here.

Deadline: Wednesday 1st August 2018 at 17:00.

Discovering Oman Competition: Winter 2018/2019

As Scotland’s leading geographical charity, we are committed to inspiring children and teachers to expand their horizons and learn more about the world around them. We’ve therefore teamed up with Outward Bound Oman to offer this exciting competition to send creative and innovative geography teachers from Scotland on an all-expenses paid trip to Oman.

Building on the success of the S1-2 phase that took place in the winter of 2017/18 (see blog), phase two of The Discovering Oman project aims to produce a series of Oman focused, on-line, curriculum linked educational resources targeting National 4-5. They will be created by teachers, for teachers, for use in schools in Scotland, the UK and Oman.

Outward Bound Oman, in partnership with the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, are looking for creative and innovative geography teachers who will work with the Discovering Oman team to fulfil the following aims:

  • to inspire young geographers and promote the relevance and excitement of geography, outdoor learning and field research;
  • to raise awareness and promote a long-term understanding of Oman amongst young people in the UK through the creation of a series of on-line lesson plans that are connected to the UK curriculum.

Successful geography teachers will win the opportunity to travel to Oman on an all-expenses paid visit in early 2019, and take part in fieldwork with geography teachers from The British School Muscat at Oman’s new Desert Outdoor Learning Centre, and in other localities, with the aim of gathering data to create a series of innovative, curriculum linked on-line lesson plans.

How To Apply 

Please use this Lesson Plan Outline, and one of the suggested Units of Study, to produce the outline of a creative and engaging lesson plan. The plan must include suitable stimulus resources, power-point and guidelines that are clearly linked to a named examination board syllabus (Descriptor and Unit Number), and demonstrate extension opportunities for more able students.

This brief is deliberately open-ended to provide you with the maximum flexibility to showcase how you might work with the project team in a creative, original and dynamic way to engage as many young people as possible with the Discovering Oman project.

Please ensure your lesson plan connects to the relevant curriculum. Then, once completed, please send lesson plans to along with a copy of this form, filled-in and attached to the e-mail.

Deadline for all entries is October 5th 2018. All winners will be contacted within four weeks of this date.