PhD Scholarship Opportunity in Urban Geography
The Human Geography Research Group (HGRG), School of Geographical and Earth Sciences (GES), invites applications from students of outstanding ability and academic potential for a fully funded PhD scholarship package (3.5 years/42 months duration).
The appointed student will undertake high-quality research with an urban geography focus, commencing studies in October 2018. The scholarship is supported by an award from the Urban Studies Foundation.
Deadline for applications: Friday 30th March 2018
The scholarship recipient will have successfully completed a credible taught Masters-level degree programme in Human Geography (or a cognate discipline) by September 2018, and will be registered for PhD study, from October 2018.
The scholarship provides a full stipend (c. £14,300 per annum) and postgraduate research tuition fees (£4,200 per annum) sufficient to cover costs set for a student from the UK/EU* for 3.5 years/42 months.
The scholarship also carries up to £750 per annum as a Research Training Support Grant, which can be used flexibly on training, conference and/or fieldwork costs (in liaison with appointed PhD supervisors).
* Applicants from the EU, and non-EU
The Scottish Government has confirmed that fees for EU students commencing their studies in 2018 (for both taught and research degrees) will be at the same level as UK students. Students will be admitted as UK/EU fee status students and retain that status for the duration of their studies.
The scholarship cannot cover the full fees for an ‘International’ (non UK/EU) student; set at £19,500 per annum. Applications will be accepted from International students, based on an understanding that personal contributions would make up the annual difference between the UK/EU and International fee [i.e. £15,300 per annum]).
Student applicants will have:
- at least a 1st class or 2.1 (or equivalent) result for an Honours Geography (or cognate subject) undergraduate degree programme
- (or expect to have) a 'Merit' (or equivalent) or Distinction result for a Masters-level programme in Human Geography (or a cognate discipline).
Urban Research Focus
The scholarship is to be awarded to a student of outstanding ability and academic potential seeking to undertake a PhD on a research topic that will clearly contribute to scholarship in urban geography, and, complement the current research activities of the Human Geography Research Group.
Details of HGRG research threads can be found here:
The scholarship awarding panel will consider all proposed doctoral projects with a clearly articulated urban geography focus, and those which are embedded in cities and urban sites.
Possible fields of inquiry include:
* global south urbanisms
* environmental urbanisms
* creative urbanisms
* cities of austerity / resistance
* health and illness in the city
* urban mobilities
* emotional and embodied urban geographies
Applying for the Urban Geography Scholarship
An application should include:
(i) CV, containing: details of higher education qualifications; content of undergraduate and/or Masters degree programme and grades attained; employment record (if appropriate); personal statement of academic interests and skills; other relevant information (previous research experience, publications, presentations, public outreach work, community engagement activity); and, the names and contact details for two academic references.
(ii) a sample of academic writing (up to 3000 words in length). For instance from a dissertation, a coursework essay or assignment, a blog or a published article.
(iii) a summary statement outlining a possible PhD research project covering the following: (a) focus of the project and research questions; (b) potential contribution to relevant research literatures (in urban geography and wider human geography); (c) potential impact 'beyond the academy' (e.g. to public policy, public awareness, social justice agendas, community planning, etc.); (d) envisaged methodology, data sources, fieldwork locations; and, (e) any ethical considerations.
This statement should be no more than three pages of A4 (Arial 12 point) in length.
Applications should be submitted by email to: email@example.com
Deadline for applications: Friday 30th March 2018
Contact for Enquiries
Potential applicants are welcome to contact the Convener of the Scholarship Appointing Committee – Dr. Kye Askins (firstname.lastname@example.org ) - with queries or for further advice about preparing an application.
Short-listed candidates will be interviewed in person (or via Skype) on Wed. 2nd May 2018.
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