Earth Systems Research

ESRG College-Funded Scholarship Competition 2020

Applications are currently invited for the Earth Systems Research Group (ESRG) College-Funded Scholarship competition 2020. This award provides for full UK/EU/International tuition waivers and stipend (expected to be £15,245 per year in 2020-21) over 3.5 years, with the PhD to begin October 1, 2020. The scholarship will be awarded to a student of outstanding ability and academic potential seeking to undertake a PhD on a research topic that complements the current research activities in the Earth Systems Research Group. For details on the three ESRG research themes, see Global Landscapes & Climate Change, Dynamic Earth & Planetary Evolution, and Life`s Interactions with Dynamic Environments. Submissions from applicants in the Global South or with a research focus on the Global South are especially encouraged.  

Application Process and Schedule:

Applicants will submit: 

(1) A Research Proposal of maximum 2000 words (in Word, not PDF) comprising title, proposed supervisor(s), introduction to the project, aims and objectives, research context, policy context and potential impact (if relevant), research methodology, provisional schedule, and bibliography;

(2) A two-page CV;  

(3) Applicant statement, explaining in 500 words or less, how your qualifications, skills, attributes and experience fit with the requirements of the proposed research project. You may include reference to relevant education, training, work/voluntary experience and personal interests;

(4) Degree transcripts in English (Undergraduate and Masters, if relevant). Applicants should also ask one referee to send a reference letter in support of their application to, clearly stating the name of the applicant and the project in the email subject line.


Please email these documents to Prof Deborah Dixon (Graduate School Convener) ( by 5pm (Glasgow time), Friday 31st January 2020. Applications after this time/date will not be considered.


Applications will be ranked by a panel of ESRG staff members, taking into account academic excellence, fit with the ESRG’s research themes, and the School’s strategic priority to support Early Career Staff supervision of PhDs.


The top 3 shortlisted applicants will be interviewed (using Skype or in person) circa February 19th, 2020.


The preferred candidate will be proposed for approval by the College of Science and Engineering so that a formal offer can be made by the start of March 2020.


Applicants must:

  • Have as a minimum a 1st Class or 2:1 Honours undergraduate degree (or expect to obtain by the start date) as a pre-requisite for consideration for the scholarship (and preferably a Master`s degree).
  • Be available to start the PhD in October 2020.