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2 Doctoral Positions available with the School of GeoSciences as part of the SHINE European Doctoral Network

Deadline 23 June 2023

We have two Doctoral positions available with Dr Katriona Edlmann. These are 36 months Marie Curie Fellowships and candidates should refer to the information and guidance provided on the website for the SHINE Doctoral Network. You will find more information at the link below:

SHINE Doctoral Positions


Environmental monitoring using off-shore wind & tidal power optical fibres

Deadline Monday 1 May 2023 at 23:59 BST

This PhD is fully funded (UK status only) by EPSRC and Schlumberger for 3.5 years including a generous research allowance and an enhanced stipend. The project aims to use signals recorded by optical fibres deployed at wind farms for environmental monitoring. This can include monitoring of the subsurface, marine life, ocean dynamics or human activity, and will develop as the project progresses. You will work with Prof Andrew Curtis and Dr Karen Lythgoe, as well as Dr Mohammad Belal from the National Oceanography Centre. Students with a strong, quantitative background in geophysics, physics, environmental science or related degrees are encouraged to apply. 

For more information and how to apply please click on the link below:

Environmental monitoring using off-shore wind & tidal power optical fibres



Edinburgh Doctoral College and School of GeoSciences Scholarships 2023 

The School of GeoSciences will offer 3 full studentships in 2023.

The scholarship application form is available, please carefully read the following guidance:

Step 1: submit a PhD application for a September or October 2023 start date

DeadlineFriday 10 February 2023 at 23:59(GMT)

Applications must be made through our University Degree Finder.

Before submitting your application please read this guidance carefully:

  • Applications that are not supported by a supervisor will not be considered
  • You are required to upload a Research proposal of no more than 3 pages and 1 page of references. Note  that the font should be at least 11 point and margins should be at least 2cm.
  • In the ‘Research proposal’ upload field of the PhD application form, you should upload a single document combining your Research proposal and a 2-page CV.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please read our general application guidance web page:

General application guidance

Not eligible to apply:

  • candidates applying to start at a different time
  • continuing PhD students
  • supervisor-led projects are not eligible.

Only student-led proposals will be considered. 

Both students with Home or International Fee Status are eligible to apply.  The studentships covers fees in both cases.

Step 2: submit a scholarship application

DeadlineMonday 20 February 2023 at 23:59(GMT)

Application form:

  • Will become accessible via your EUCLID Applicant Hub - after you submit your PhD application

You will find guidance on the following University page:

Applying for a scholarship as a postgraduate applicant

Application statement:

Your scholarship application statement should highlight your research journey:

  • How you overcame personal challenges and how they prepared you for the project.
  • How do you see yourself contributing to the PhD community in the School?
  • 300-500 words

The selection panel will shortlist candidates in March 2023, using the SGSSS scoring framework to assess applications.  We anticipate that interviews will take place late March (provisional date 30 March 2023), these will be held online.

For more information or assistance, please contact:

Postgraduate Research Support 

You can also find more information under University Fees and Funding on the main University website:

Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarships 

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC SGSAH DTP)

Applications for 2023 now closed - deadline for PhD application was Tuesday 29 November 2022 at 23:59.

Please read more about the funding competition on the SGSAH website (link on the right). 

In accordance with UKRI and AHRC policy, permissible positive action is being applied to the 2023 SGSAH DTP Open Studentships. For the 2023 competition, SGSAH is making available at least three ring-fenced studentships for applicants from UK Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. These 3 ring-fenced studentships represent a minimum recruitment, with no maximum. 

In order to be considered for the SGSAH open competition in the School of GeoSciences you must follow this two-step process:

1) Submit an application for our PhD Human Geography and Environment Sciences (see link below) by Tuesday 29 November 2022 23:59   

Apply for a Human Geography and Environmental Sciences PhD 

Important things to note:

- if you apply for both ESRC/SGSSS and AHRC/SGSAH funding competitions you only need to submit one PhD application via EUCLID. - applicants who do not contact supervisors to discuss their applications prior to applying will be rejected.  

2) Complete an SGSAH studentship application form and return it to the School by noon on Monday 5 December 2022 by email to


Applicants selected internally to go to the next stage of the competition will be notified by mid January 2023.

Final funding decisions will be made by the SGSAH by May 2023.

University of Edinburgh information on the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership


AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership studentships website

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC - SGSSS DTP) 

The application deadline for September 2023 entrants was on Tuesday 29 November 2022 at 23:59.

Before applying

Contact and seek advice from the relevant SGSSS Pathway Representative and potential PhD supervisor at the University. Pathway Rep contact details are listed within the School webpages below. We also recommend that you view all of the helpful applicant information videos on the SGSSS website here. You must also register on the SGSSS Apply system.

In order to be considered for the Student-led SGSSS open competition in the School of GeoSciences you must submit TWO applications:

1) An application for our PhD Human Geography and Environment Sciences (see link below) by Tuesday 29 November 2022 23:59

Note: if you apply for both ESRC/SGSSS and AHRC/SGSAH funding competitions you only need to submit one PhD application via EUCLID.

Apply for a Human Geography and Environmental Sciences PhD 

2) An SGSSS Open Competition application form, academic transcript and CV to the Apply system by Thursday 8th December 17:00.

If you do not submit both applications we will not be able to consider you for these scholarships.


Contact our pathway representative via email     


Scottish Graduate School of Social Science studentships

National Environment Research Council (NERC)

E4 Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) 

The School of GeoSciences leads the NERC-funded E3/E4 DTP, bringing together 33 partners and over 200 supervisors with research expertise spanning the full spectrum of earth and environmental sciences.  The E4 DTP will recruit 5 cohorts of approx. 22 students per year between September 2019 and 2023.

Applications for 2023 are now closed - please visit the E4 website for more information on how to apply.

NERC E4 DTP website  


The School of GeoSciences leads the NERC-funded SENSE CDT - Satellite Data in Environmental Science. The CDT is recruiting a final cohort in 2023. 

Applications for 2023 are now closed. Please visit the SENSE website for more information on how to apply

SENSE CDT website





Carnegie PhD Scholarships - Now open for 2023!

The Carnegie Trust offers a number of scholarships each year to academically outstanding candidates who hold a First Class Honours undergraduate degree from a Scottish University and intend to study on a PhD programme at any University in Scotland.

The deadline for application to the Scholarship is 24 January 2023 - please note that if you submit your PhD application after 14 January 2023 we cannot guarantee that you will be able to access the scholarship application form on time


Carnegie PhD Scholarships

Commonwealth Master and PhD Scholarships

Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study in the UK are offered for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries.

Commonwealth Scholarships

China Scholarships Council / University of Edinburgh Scholarships 

The School of GeoSciences will not participate in this funding scheme for 2023 entry

China Scholarships Council/University of Edinburgh Scholarships

The University Scholarships and Students Funding Services provide a handy Scholarship Search tool and further information on funding opportunities for prospective postgraduate students.

Postgraduate loans

A Postgraduate Doctoral Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate course. There are different options available for students from different parts of the UK.