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Recipient of the FIG Foundation PhD Scholarship 2021 finished PhD

FIG Foundation Ph.D. Scholarship of 4,000 EUR was rewarded to Dogus Guler for his Ph.D. research on: T3D Registration of Condominium Rights through BIM Models - The integration between LADM and IFC Standards.

He finished his PhD in August 2022.

Read more about his research

Congratulations - FIG Foundation grant winners 2020

Congratulations to the 2020 FIG Foundation Grant awardees for the 2020 FIG Working Week and 5th FIG Young Surveyors Conference in Amsterdam, the Netherlands!

They are (from top left and clockwise): Jordan Palk (Canada),  Milani Tharuka (Sri Lanka), Shirley Chapunza (Zimbabwe) and Oluwafemi Olorunshola (Nigeria).

Due to COVID-19 pandemic the FIG Working Week was cancelled. Instead the winners got an opportunity to attend the next year in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Aubrey Barker Fund/FIG Foundation Course Development Grant Recipient

FIG Foundation and Aubrey Barker Fund have togeher published the "Course Development Grant".

 It is a pleasure for FIG Foundation to cooperate with the Aubrey Barker Fund on this special grant.

Of the received applications, it is a pleasure to announce that after the second round of applications a recipient of this special grant has been found: Dr. Trias Aditya for his application for A Blended Learning Course Design in Fit for Purposes’ Cadastral Survey

Building a Sustainable Future with FIG Foundation

New grants available - 2019-2020

FIG Foundation announces call for grant applications for the following FIG Foundation grants:

Please check the application requirements carefully before submitting you application

Aubrey Barker/FIG Foundation Course Development Grant

The Aubrey Barker Fund and the FIG Foundation are seeking applications for grants of up to 20,000 euro (spread over two years) with the objective of building the capacity of academic institutions teaching surveying in developing countries, and of providing support in teaching and developing their curriculum more effectively.
Deadline: 1 October 2019

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Congratulations - FIG Foundation Grant Recipients

A big thank you to everyone who applied for the FIG Foundation Grant to attend the Third FIG Young Surveyors Asia and the Pacific Meeting and the 2019 FIG Working Week in Hanoi, Vietnam!

After reviewing over a hundred quality applications from around the world, we present to you the FIG Foundation Grant Recipients;

FIG Foundation Grant to attend the FIG Working Week and FIG Young Surveyors Asian and The Pacific Meeting

21-26 April 2019 in Hanoi, Vietnam

The FIG Young Surveyors Network and the FIG Foundation would like to invite all Young Surveyors to apply for funds in order to attend and participate in the 2019 FIG Working Week and the FIG Young Surveyors Asian and The Pacific Meeting to be held in Hanoi, Vietnam from 21 to 26 April 2019.

To apply, please follow this link: ➡️

Remember to provide all necessary details and answers and do not forget to submit all additional requirements to on or before the deadline on 27 January 2019. Non compliance will result in incomplete application thus, will not be considered.

The FIG Foundation Grant will cover: travel costs (e.g. airfare, train, bus), accommodation, meals, the FIG Working Week Registration Fee, the FIG Young Surveyors Meeting registration fee, the FIG Foundation Dinner, and the FIG Gala Dinner. As a reminder, all previous FIG Foundation Grant recipients are not eligible to apply.

Please check the official FIG Working Week 2019 website for more information, news, and events.

FIG Foundation Grant to attend the FIG Young Surveyors African Meeting

16 October Gaborone, Botswana

The FIG Foundation invites all Young Surveyors to apply for funds to participate in the 1st Young Surveyors African Meeting (YSAM) and the 2018 FIG-African Regional Network Meeting taking place in Gaborone, Botswana, on the 16th and 17th-19th of October respectively.

Please provide the required documents to The latest date to submit your application is the 7th of September, 2018 at 17.00GMT.

On 12th of September, 2018, the selection will be made and announced by the FIG Foundation. Please note that the FIG Foundation grant will support travel and accommodation costs. All other costs are the responsibility of the successful recipient of a grant

Apply here

FIG Foundation Grant to attend the FIG Young Surveyors North America Meeting

17-18 October 2018, College Park, Maryland, United States

NSPS and the FIG Young Surveyors Network are hosting the 2018 NSPS/FIG Young Surveyors North American Meeting. There will be sessions on the NGS 2022 Datum update, leadership, business, and technology.

The FIG Foundation would like to invite all Young Surveyors to apply for funds to participate in the meeting.

To apply, please fill in the form at the link below and all of its required fields. Please remember, to submit all additional documents to before the deadline 17 August 2018.

Apply here

FIG Foundation Young Surveyor grants for 2018 FIG Congress

The FIG Foundation would like to invite all Young Surveyors  (defined as 35 years old or younger, or within 10 years of graduation with a Bachelors or Masters degree in surveying/geomatics) to apply for funds to participate in the 4th FIG Young Surveyors Conference and the XXVI FIG Congress to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, 4-11 May 2018

To apply, please fill out the form at the link below and all of its required fields. Please remember, to submit all additional documents to on or before the DEADLINE OF 27 JANUARY 2018. Failure to do so will result in your application not being considered.

The FIG Foundation Grant will cover: 

  • travel costs (e.g. airfare, train, bus), 
  • accommodations, meals, 
  • he FIG Congress registration fee, 
  • the FIG Young Surveyors Conference registration fee, 
  • the FIG Foundation Dinner, and 
  • the FIG Gala Dinner.

Previous FIG Foundation Grant recipients are NOT eligible to apply.

FIG Foundation Grants in 2017

The Ph.D. Scholarship 2016 was awared to Mr Wallace Mukupa, Zambia​, presently at the University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China for his project: Structural Change Detection and Deformation Monitoring. He got his peer review paper accepted for oral presentation for the FIG Working Week 2017, and this released a FIG Foundation travel and registration grant to attend the Working Week. Read his story

FIG Working Week 2017 Foundation Grants

At FIG Working Week 2017 FIG Foundation Grants were furthermore given to: Biplov Bhandari, Nepal, Mladen Femic, Montenegro, and KaarinaToivo, Namibia.

FIG Foundation is supporting Young Surveyors to attend the FIG Working Week in Helsinki, Finland

The FIG Foundation Young Surveyors Fellowships will provide funding for individuals to cover the costs to attend and participate in the FIG Working Week 2017, including participation in all FIG Young Surveyors activities before and during the Working Week.

The Fellowships will be awarded exclusively to nationals of developing countries¹ who must be living in one of the eligible countries.

Fellowships include round‐trip travel costs to Helsinki , visa (if required), accommodations, registration fees for the FIG Working Week, FIG Young Surveyors activities, per diem allowance and FIG Foundation Dinner.

The FIG Working Week 2017 will be held in Helsinki, Finland, 29 May ‐ 2 June. In addition to the Working Week, the FIG Young Surveyors European Meeting (Sunday 28 May) and young surveyors sessions will be organised and contribute to the networking of young surveyors internationally, to introduce young surveyors to the FIG community, and to provide for the opportunity to learn more and share the young surveyors’ vision for the future of FIG. Additionally the FIG Foundation Fellowship winners are invited to join the UN-Habitat GLTN Awareness Training on STDM on 29 May.

Interested? Apply here

Deadline for Application is 1 April 2017.

FIG Foundation meeting 2016 in 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand

FIG Board of Directors, from left President John Hohol, William Marbell, Trimble, Prof. Mike Barry, Ir. Liza
Groenendijk and Prof. Paul van der Molen all wearing the Young Surveyors shirt that was used at the Charity Run, organised by the Young Surveyors that also raised funds for the FIG Foundation.

FIG Foundation wants to thank those who have worked actively throughout the year for the Foundation and to promote FIG and the Foundation around the world.

At the meeting FIG Foundation decided to award Wallace Mukupa, Ningbo University China, with the FIG Foundation Ph.D. Scholarship 2016. Congrationaltions to Wallace Mukupa.

FIG Foundation meeting 2015 was held in conjunction with the FIG Working Week in Sofia, Bulgaria

FIG Board of directors 2015: From left Dr. Pengfei Cheng, Prof. Paul van der Molen, Ir. Liza Groenendijk, Mr.John Hohol, Mr. Keith Hoffgartner,  Prof. Mike Barry

The FIG Foundation had a meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria in May 2015.

FIG Foundation meeting 2014 was held in conjunction with the FIG Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The board held its official meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the 2014 Congress. Furthermore the board has been in frequent contact through email.

At the meeting Young Surveyors were represented by Chair Kate Fairlie and Chair Elect Eva- Maria Unger, who thanked FIG Foundation for the cooperation throughout the last years.

Eva Maria Unger informed that CNGeGL, the National Council of Italian Surveyors, has decided not to continue to offer the International Training Course on Topography for Young Surveyors. Everyone expressed gratitude to the Italians for having offered the course and agreed that it is very unfortunate that this great opportunity for young surveyors to meet and experience new knowledge is no longer available.

There was a discussion of the funding of the Young Surveyors Meetings, if it is permanent. It was agreed that the funding should not become permanent and should not exclude others of being supported.

At the meeting in Kuala Lumpur the board expressed sincere thanks to Keith Hofgartner representing FIG Platinum Corporate Member Trimble Navigation for generous continued support of the foundation including sponsorship of the FIG Foundation Dinner.

John Hohol informed that Trimble had had several requests from a school in Burkina Faso about funding of equipment. Trimble asked FIG Foundation to cosponsor a donation. To make sure that funding will help to improve the learning environment it was decided that Trimble is to deliver an analysis of the state of the art of the school.



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The Stories of the Recipients

Meet the FIG Foundation supported recipients - learn how the FIG Foundation grant helped them to establish long term contacts, gain valuable knowledge and enabled them to make a difference in their home countries