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Imaging the Earth’s Interior with advanced machine learning methods using Geological, Geophysical, Geochemical or Geobiological information

Fully Funded PhD project for National or International students with Enhanced Stipend - apply now

Develop new methods to image the Earth’s subsurface, evaluate uncertainty in those images using state-of-art techniques, and deploy these using real data to accelerate energy transition applications. 

This PhD project will develop novel methods to image and monitor the Earth’s subsurface. It will create ways to assess our state of knowledge or uncertainty in the results, and apply the methods to the above applied academic and industrial activities, focussed on energy transition applications. 

The projects will be designed according to each applicant’s interests and capabilities. Each will use wave theory and other appropriate physics, inversion methods, uncertainty analysis, geological, geophysical, geochemical and geobiological modelling and data analysis, machine learning & high performance computation in varying proportions.

A successful applicant will join the dynamic research team, the Edinburgh Imaging Project (https://blogs.ed.ac.uk/imaging), and will have time and guidance to learn all necessary skills.

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Imaging the Earth's Interior with advanced machine learning methods

A longitudinal study of changes in tobacco and alcohol retail availability and maternal health behaviours

Fully funded by the ESRC through the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS)
Deadline: April 19th 5pm

Project Details: The project will explore the quantitative relationship between tobacco and alcohol retailing environments in Scotland and how they relate to consumption of alcohol and tobacco products during pregnancy.

Supervisors: The project will be co-supervised by Dr Tom Clemens, Professor Niamh Shortt and Professor Jamie Pearce. The supervisory team provides a blend of supervisory experience, methodological and thematic expertise, and familiarity with project-specific knowledge exchange and impact.

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Applicants will have a first degree (undergraduate) at 2:1 or above and have a demonstrable interest in the topic area under investigation.
  • Applicants can study part-time or full-time.
  • Candidates should demonstrate an interest in using quantitative methods in a social science and/or public health context.
  • Candidates should demonstrate an interest in the improvement of population and public health and reducing the prevalence of non-communicable diseases.
  • The ideal candidate would have some experience using quantitative data and/or statistical methods but training opportunities will be available during the doctoral programme.
  • Regardless of your nationality or country of residence, you must also demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

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A longitudinal study of changes in tobacco and alcohol retail availability

 

Edinburgh Doctoral College and School of GeoSciences Scholarships 2024

The School of GeoSciences will offer 3 studentships in 2024.

The scholarship application form will be available soon, please carefully read the following guidance. You will not be considered for this scholarship if you do not complete both Step 1 and Step 2:

Step 1: submit a PhD application for a September or October 2024 start date

DeadlineThursday 8 February 2024 at 23:59(GMT)

Applications must be made through our University Degree Finder:

Institute   PhD
Global Change Research Institute Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences (PhD)
Earth and Planetary Science Research Institute  Geology and Geophysics (PhD)
Research Institute for Geography and the Lived Environment                     Human Geography and Environmental Sciences (PhD)

 

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, and include 3.5 years of stipend at UKRI rate and a £3000 Research Training and Support Grant. Immigration and relocation expenses are not included in the scholarships and will need to be covered by the candidates.

Step 2: submit a scholarship application

DeadlineMonday 19 February 2024 at 23:59(GMT)

The scholarship application form will become accessible via your EUCLID Applicant Hub - after you submit your PhD application and receive your login credentials.

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 late March 2024, using the SGSSS scoring framework to assess applications.  Interviews will be held online on 10 April 2024. 

Unsuccessful applicants will be notified via their Applicant Hub. 

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) - Now open for 2024 entry

The PhD application deadline for September 2024 entrants is on Thursday 23 November 2023 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 Thursday 23 November 2023 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 Thursday 30 November 2023 at 12:00pm by email to pgrsupport.geos@ed.ac.uk.

 

We will not be able to consider you for this funding scheme if you do not complete both steps.

Applicants selected internally to go to the next stage of the competition will be notified in January 2024 and will then be required to submit their application via the SGSAH portal by mid-February 2024.

University of Edinburgh information on the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership

 

AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership studentships website

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC - SGSSS DTP) - Now Open for 2024 entry

The PhD application deadline for September 2024 entrants is on Thursday 23 November 2023 at 23:59.

Before applying

Contact and seek advice from the relevant SGSSS Unit of Assessment Lead and potential PhD supervisor at the University. 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 Thursday 23 November 2023 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 Friday 1 December 2023 17:00.

If you do not submit both a PhD Human Geography and Environmental Sciences and a funding application we will not be able to consider you for these scholarships.

 

Contact the Unit of Assessment Lead

 

Scottish Graduate School of Social Science studentships

National Environment Research Council (NERC)

E4 Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) - Deadline 4 January 2024

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 6 cohorts of approx. 22 students per year between September 2019 and 2024.

Please visit the E4 website for more information on how to apply.

NERC E4 DTP website  

SENSE CDT

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 - CLOSED

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 Scholarship Council

The School of GeoSciences no longer participates in the China Scholarships Council PhD funding scheme. 

 

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.