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Department of Earth Sciences


We are actively seeking financial support for all aspects of the Department’s activities. If you would like to support us by making a gift, of any size, we would be most grateful.

Earth Sciences General Fund (Unrestricted)

Supporting all urgent or unexpected needs within Department, which includes: student hardship, partially-funded Postgraduate studentships, new initiatives for lab equipment, fieldwork, travel to overseas labs and conferences, and much more.

Earth Sciences Fieldwork Fund

Making Earth Sciences fieldwork an exceptional experience for all Cambridge Undergraduates, and giving them the same outstanding opportunities as their predecessors.

Earth Sciences Student Support Fund

Ensuring that financial worries do not prevent our students from taking part in our fieldwork programme.

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

Helping the University's oldest museum to maintain its vast collections of rock and fossils, which are essential for research, study, and public outreach.

Sedgwick Museum Collections Store

Reuniting all the Sedgwick Museum's working geological collections under one roof in the Colin Forbes building.

How to Make a Donation

If you would like to discuss how you might contribute to the Department of Earth Sciences, please contact our Head of Department, , who will be very pleased to talk to you confidentially.

Online giving

The University’s Office for Development and Alumni Relations (CUDAR, formerly CUDO) has made it easier to make donations online to the Department. If you wish to make a donation, please go to the University of Cambridge Development Office secure website, where you can donate to either the general (unrestricted) fund, or one of our more specific funds.

Postal giving

Alternatively, you can make a donation by cheque or credit card using our postal donation form.

US taxpayers

If you are a US taxpayer, you may prefer to donate via Cambridge in America, which is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organisation (recognised by the US Internal Revenue Service) that funds grants to benefit the University of Cambridge and its member Colleges and Departments. Gifts to Cambridge in America qualify for an income tax deduction to the limits allowed by law. You can give online or by post within the US using the Cambridge in America gift form. Please state that you would like your donation to support the Department of Earth Sciences when making your gift.

Leave a gift in your will

One very effective way of contributing to the long-term development of the Department’s programme is through the provision of a legacy in one’s will. This form of support has the added benefit that legacies to charities are exempt from tax, and so reduce liability for inheritance tax. The University provides advice about how legacies can be written into one’s will, including a pdf file entitled: A Gift in Your Will.

Our Fundraising Promise

We are registered with the Fundraising Regulator, please read our Fundraising Promise.

Thank you for your support.