School of GeoSciences


Find details on how to find and apply for PhD or MSc by Research funding.

PhD funding

There are several funding options available to PhD students. In the first instance, check through our list of available projects where the titles will include partial or full funding opportunities.

Studentships in Human Geography

The Human Geography Research Group are currently offering Masters and PhD opportunities, with access to ESRC and AHRC studentships.

As part of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science, we have access to:

  • 1+3 (Masters and PhD) or +3 (just PhD) ESRC studentships in the Human Geography pathway
  • +3 ESRC studentships in the Environment, Energy and Climate Change pathway
  • +3 ESRC studentship in the Families, Relationships and Demographic Change pathway

Further details on the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science website

Prospective applicants should liaise with potential supervisors about completing an application. Final applications need to be submitted by Friday 22nd January 2016. Shortlisted applicants will be expected to attend an interview in March.

There is also the possibility of Collaborative ESRC Studentships - a partnership between the university and a non-academic partner (charity, government body or business). These applications are submitted by a supervisor but sometimes in dialogue with a student. Deadline: Friday 22nd January 2016

For students interested in topics in cultural and historical geography, we have access to AHRC studentships through the Scottish Graduate School for the Arts and Humanities ( The process for application is similar to the ESRC above, with the same deadline.

Applicants must have UK residency and hold, or are predicted to get a 1st or 2.1 undergraduate degree grade. EU residents can apply for fees-only grants.

Further information on writing a proposal

Applications via email should consist of:

• 1500 word proposal

• CV

• 2 academic references

• Statement of support from your primary supervisor

The University online application procedure will require additional documents.

Link to the University's online application process

Applications must both be registered through the University of Edinburgh application system and emailed to:

School of GeoSciences Studentships

The School provides several partially funded studentships to UK and EU PhD applicants each year.

To be considered, you must be able pay at least half of your PhD costs over the three-year period or have secured financial support through your intended supervisor.

You must apply for a School Studentship through your supervisor, so we advise students to contact their supervisors about this type of funding early in the application process.