The Funds of the Trust are used in the following ways:-

Grants to Individuals :- Applications are considered from students who have made proper provision to fund a degree or higher education course but find themselves facing unexpected financial difficulties which may prevent completion of it; also from students who are required, as part of their course, to spend a short period studying abroad.  Applicants must be full-time students at a British University.  In the year to February 2016 there were 53 grants made to individuals.

Grants to Organisations :- Modest grants are made to British organisations if it seems likely that the project(s) for which funds are sought will fill up educational gaps or make more widely available a particular aspect of education or learning.  The project(s) may be in the U.K. or overseas.

Grants to Expeditions :- The Trust supports a number of small or medium-sized British expeditions with teams of three or more proposing to carry out research of a scientific nature in another country.  

Gilchrist Fieldwork Award :- The  biennial Gilchrist Fieldwork Award of £15,000 is offered every even-numbered year for the best overseas research proposal by a small team of qualified scientists or academics in the U.K.

Registered Charity No. 313877  
Trustees:- Charles Whitbread Esq.- Chairman,  Dr.John Hemming, C.M.G., D.Litt.,  Professor F.L. Pearce, PhD., C.Chem., F.R.S.A., Professor S.R. Harrop. Mrs Shane Winser, F.R.G.S.