School of GeoSciences

Geography Teaching Studentship

The School of GeoSciences is excited to announce two fully funded 48-month UK/EU PhD scholarships available from September 2017. The studentships involve training in both research and teaching skills. The successful applicants will gain practical experience through supporting core teaching, including field courses, on our undergraduate Geography degree programme. The studentships are fully funded for 48 months from September 2017, with one focusing on Human Geography and the other on Physical Geography. 

About the studentship

The scholarship will provide:

  • Coverage of tuition fees at the Home/EU fee rate
  • 4 years of stipend funding at the RCUK rate with an 80/20 split between doctoral study and teaching in the School of GeoSciences, primarily on the Geography Degree Programme;
  • Research and Training Grant (RTSG) of £1500 per year;
  • Training to support acting as a Tutor, Demonstrator or Course Assistant through School and University provision.
  • A pathway towards gaining the Edinburgh Teaching Award

Candidates must meet the following criteria;

  • Obtained or expect to obtain, a first or upper-second class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Geography or a related subject area.
  • Good presentation and communication skills (written and oral)


Eligible candidates are students from the UK, EEA or Switzerland who satisfies the criteria for 'home fees'.

Application Process - deadline 14th April 2017

The application process is outlined below.  Applicants must complete and submit the documents requested by 14th April 2017.

  1. A cover letter describing their suitability for the advertised project OR a project proposal (please upload either of these where a research proposal is requested) - further information on this can be found in the eligible projects and supervisors section below. 
  2. A personal statement of their ambitions for teaching Geography, including any previous tutoring or demonstrating experience (the Euclid application form includes a personal statement and you should tailor this to cover the information requested in the personal statement)
  3. 2 academic references (you can upload signed and dated PDF references or provide a contact email address and this person will receive an automated email with instructions for how to upload a reference for you directly to our system)
  4. A statement of support from their agreed supervisor (please email this to and we will upload it for you)

All applicants of every nationality are required to prove their English language competence and where applicable we may request an English Language certificate. Accepted tests are listed on the university's website

Your application requires the supporting documents listed above to be uploaded to the university's Euclid system. Once inside the online system you can upload the documents or please contact if you have difficulty doing so or have any questions about the process. 

Formal applications must be made through the University's online application system as outlined in the application process page.

Eligible Projects & Supervisors

There are four pre-specified projects avaiable which are detailed below (please click on the links for more information);

Human geography-

Physical geography-

Students who do not wish to apply for one of the projects above can apply using their own project.  To do so, the project must be agreed in advance of the application with one of the supervisors listed in the document below.


Any queries regarding the Geography teaching studentship should be emailed to in advance of the deadline.