Funding

Find details on how to find and apply for PhD or MScR/PhD funding.

You must contact a supervisor in your School and secure their support several weeks in advance of applying for funding.

School of GeoSciences Masters Funding in Geography

Fully-funded MSc by Research in Human Geography

As the result of generous support from geography alumni, the School of GeoSciences is able to announce one fully-funded MSc by Research in Human Geography in each of three successive years starting in 2014/15.

Applications are therefore invited for this year’s studentship, starting in September 2014, for the MSc by Research in Human Geography. This ESRC and AHRC-recognised training degree programme includes supervised independent research, supported by course-based research training, delivered by top scholars in the field of human geography and related disciplines. The research may be in any area of social, urban, environmental, development, political, economic, historical or cultural geography supported by the Human Geography Research Group.

Applications comprising a CV; a 1500 word research proposal; and two academic references should be made to Rosanna Maccagnano rosanna.maccagnano@ed.ac.uk no later than 5pm on Monday 5th May. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their research proposal with a prospective supervisor in advance of submitting an application. Further enquires can be directed to Fraser MacDonald fraser.macdonald@ed.ac.uk. Note that this studentship is open only to applicants who are ordinarily resident in the UK.

Two School of GeoSciences £5,000 bursaries for MSc by Research in Geography

Funds from the Lamb and Meiklejohn endowments have allowed the School of Geosciences to offer 2 £5000 bursaries towards a Masters degree in Geography. These include both physical and human geography degrees: the MSc by Research in Human Geography and the MSc by Research in GeoSciences Individual Project in Physical Geography.

These bursaries come with an additional £1000 Research Training Support Grant for necessary research expenses such as conference attendance.

Students who already have full funding are not eligible to apply. Students who have part funding, e.g. a fees only award are particularly encouraged to apply.

Applications comprising a CV; a 1500 word research proposal; and two academic references should be made to Rosanna Maccagnano rosanna.maccagnano@ed.ac.uk no later than 5pm on Monday 5th May. Prospective applicants are expected to have discussed their research proposal with a prospective supervisor in advance of submitting an application. Further enquires can be directed to Fraser MacDonald fraser.macdonald@ed.ac.uk. Note that this studentship is open to all international applicants regardless of UK or EU residency.

Dr. Fraser MacDonald
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PhD funding

There are several funding options available to PhD students.

RCUK PhD Studentships for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Institute of Geography and the Lived Environment are pleased to announce access to both ESRC and AHRC studentships for start in 2014.

ESRC

As part of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science, we have access to up to 6 fully funded ESRC studentships in the Human Geography pathway, as well as others in the Environment, Climate Change & Energy and Families, Relationships and Demographic Change pathways.

ESRC Pathway and Open studentship competition Applications are sought for both the Pathway and Open studentship competition, providing +3 and 1+3 studentships for both Masters and PhD in human geography and allied fields. Any student who is put forward for the Pathway competition and is unsuccessful will automatically be entered into the Open competition, providing a quality threshold is passed. Students who want to be considered for this competition must have completed applications lodged in the University by 14th of February 2014.

How to apply In the first instance, it is essential that prospective candidates liaise with potential supervisors to ensure compatibility and availability of supervision. A full application ordinarily comprises of: a 1500 word research proposal; a CV; two academic references; and a statement of support from potential supervisors. Queries should be addressed to Dr Fraser MacDonald, Deputy Head of GeoSciences RTD: fraser.macdonald@ed.ac.uk

ESRC collaborative studentships Up to 9 studentships are available in the SGS. Such projects are to be developed with a partner in the private, public or third sectors. Applications are submitted by a supervisor in conjunction with a partner organisation, but prospective candidates are free to discuss such an application with likely supervisors. Applications have to be submitted by 10th of February 2014.

AHRC

We are also pleased to announce the availability of +3 studentships as part of the new Scottish Graduate School for the Arts and Humanities. These are most likely to appeal to students wishing to pursue a topic in cultural or historical geography. Details of how to apply can be found below.

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.

The application deadline for 2013 has now passed. Further details for 2014 will be announced in late 2013.

The School provides a Research Training Support Grant of up to £1,000 for successful applicants awarded a China Scholarship Council studentship.

You may obtain collaborative funding from the British Geological Survey.


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