Awards and Scholarships Made by the Society.

The RGSSA Scholarship Fund (A Trust)

This Fund provides scholarships, bursaries and prizes to promote education in the discipline of geographical studies.  It is open to individuals throughout South Australia to recognise studies in South Australian secondary schools and Universities.  Awards may be made on the basis of merit or for reasons of equality. Applicants should be an Australian citizens or a permanent resident of Australia.  Applications forms are available here or by contacting the Society's office on or by 'phoning (61) 08 8207 7265.

The John Lewis Awards

Since 1947 the Lewis family have been the main benefactors of our tax deductable Fund. The following awards are provided through the Trust.

The John Lewis Gold Medal

The Gold Medal is awarded for noteworthy Geographical achievements in Exploration, Research or Literary Work undertaken while the nominee is resident in Australasia. Written nominations for the award of the John Lewis Gold Medal are always sought – nominations to the Society Secretary

The John Lewis Silver Medal

The Silver Medal is to be available to a student, from one or more of:- who has made a significant theoretical or empirical contribution to geography through the completion of a Master's Degree or a PhD.

The medals will be awarded annually provided that there are students of sufficient merit. The Departments will each be invited to submit a suitable thesis by a student whose examiners' reports are formally accepted in each calendar year.

The John Lewis Bronze Medal

The recipient is selected by SACE as the top student in Geography P, the publicly examined subject.  The recipient receives the medal and one year’s membership to the Society.

The University Undergraduate John Lewis Prizes

As long as the appropriate courses are being offered.

The G W Symes Bequest

 Major-General George William Symes CB MC settled in South Australia in 1949 after a distinguished career in the British Army during WW11. He took an active part in the life of South Australia and was Private Secretary to the Governor from 1956 to 1964. His interest in historical geography led him in 1949 to join the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, South Australian Branch. When he died in 1980, he left a bequest to the Society with instructions that the interest from that bequest was to be used to provide awards for historical research into thethe history of South Australia and the Northern Territory in so far as the latter affects the history of South Australia .

The G W Symes Award is conferred at the Society's Annual Awards evening. The award will comprise a formal certificate of recognition and a cash prize.

The Society has determined that the Award should be made to a worthy recipient who has authored an academic, peer-reviewed paper that relates to the history of South Australia (or the Northern Territory in so far that is affects the history of South Australia, recognising the intimate historical links between these two jurisdictions) and that is substantially informed by the discipline of geography. The papers to be considered may include already published papers or papers authored as part of an undergraduate or masters thesis. The paper should have been finalised in the last two years.

Any authors who wish to have their works considered for this prize should submit them to the society by no later than 31 December each year. The Society will consider all papers that meet the above criteria and the decision of the Society will be final and in its complete and unfettered discretion. Criteria and application forms are available here...

The Centenary Silver Medal of the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia

The Centenary Silver Medal shall be awarded to a past or present member of the society in recognition of outstanding service to the Society as evidenced by long and active service on the Council and/or Committees of the Society or by significant contributions to the varied activities of the Society.  Medal recipients are listed under the Membership sub-menu heading.

For any queries or to nominate a person for an award, 'phone the Society on  (61) 08 082077265

Fellows of the RGSSA

A Fellow may be nominated to the Council by the Research and Awards Committee or by any financial member, at any time. Nominatiions are to be vetted through the Committee and any recommendation put to the Council.

Fellows receive a citation and will continue to pay membership fees unless also awarded Life Membership.

50 Years Continuous Membership of the RGSSA

Certificates are awarded at the Annual Dinnner to those members who have held 50 years of continuous membership of the Society. Members who advance to this category are recognised with Life Membership and a certificate.

For any queries, or to nominate a person for an award, email the Society on or 'phone (61) 08 82077265.

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