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Durham University

Department of Geography

Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation Studentship - Call for Applications

(22 April 2016)


Applications are invited for a Studentship to support a suitably qualified postgraduate student for a three year PhD programme in Geography focused on research that helps to build resilience to hazards and risks challenging human societies in the global south.

One Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation Studentship is available for the academic year 2016 - 2017. Applicants, who may be of any nationality, must possess a First or Upper Second Class degree, or equivalent in a relevant field of study. Applicants must demonstrate outstanding potential to undertake research at the highest level, as well as capacity and motivation to conduct research with strong potential to make a difference in society, especially for relatively low income populations in the Global South. Applicants must also meet with University requirements in English.

The successful candidate will register for a full-time PhD in the Geography Department at Durham University. The 3-year Studentship covers Durham University tuition fees, and an annual maintenance stipend of £14,000, payable in installments, to cover living costs and Middle Common Room (Postgraduate) membership fees for Van Mildert College. The Studentship will also include a separate element for costs of work in the field or laboratory work.

The Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation was established in memory of Mr Christopher Moyes, OBE. At his untimely death in 2006, Chris was a leading figure in the British transport industry, Chief Executive of the transport company Go Ahead and Chairman of the Council of the University. The Foundation aims to support opportunities which Chris himself would have wished to support. This close link with the University is integral to the Foundation's aims and this Studentship will promote the partnership between the Foundation and the University.

The Studentship has been established with the following aims:

  • The Studentship will support postgraduate PhD training and research which aims to have beneficial impacts for people living in the areas studied, as well as contributing to the Student's personal development
  • The Studentship will be associated with Van Mildert College and the successful applicant will be welcomed into the College MCR. It is expected that the successful applicant will contribute to college life. The College will help to publicise the researcher's work in a way that will commemorate Christopher Moyes, as agreed with the Foundation Trustees
  • The Studentship will be associated with the Department of Geography at Durham University where the PhD will be supervised. Candidates for the Studentship would also be eligible to apply if they are proposing cross-disciplinary projects requiring joint supervision by academic staff in Geography and other Departments at the University
  • The Studentship will also be associated with the Institute of Hazard Risk and Resilience and the project will contribute to the work of the Institute to promote research that helps to build resilience to hazards and risks challenging human societies around the world. The Institute will support and promote the successful applicant's work in a way that will commemorate Christopher Moyes, as agreed with the Foundation Trustees

Applications can be considered for PhD projects in geography and from overseas students from outside or within the EU. Details of the application procedure are below.

Further general information about postgraduate study at Durham is available on the University Postgraduate pages and information for Postgraduate Students in the Department of Geography can be found on our Postgraduate pages.

Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation Studentship Application Procedure

We invite suitable applicants to please follow the process below:

Applicants should follow all 4 steps:

Step 1. Prepare your application documents

  • If you have not been in touch with the department before please see our pages for postgraduates and the information on staff in the department and their research interests. This will help you consider how your research may relate to expertise in the Department of Geography
  • Complete the Studentship application form
  • Compile other submission documents listed below under 'step 3', including academic references

Step 2. Make your studentship application to the Department of Geography

By 20th May, 2016, submit the Studentship application form by email to the Postgraduate Administrator in Geography:

Step 3. Make your academic application to the University

All applicants must also make a formal academic application by 20th May 2016 to the University using the University online application system.

To make the academic application you will need to have ready to submit the following documents:

  • Your C.V. detailing their academic career and qualifications to date
  • Copies of your academic certificates and transcripts
  • If you are not a UK Citizen please provide proof of your proficiency in the English language
  • Two academic references. Please note that it is the applicant's responsibility to request and obtain letters of reference

Please Note: to be considered for the Studentship, it is essential that applicants clearly indicate in their academic application, under the sections 'Finance and Funding / fees' and 'Finance and Funding / living expenses', that they are applying for the following fund:

Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation Postgraduate Studentship in enhancement of knowledge to build resilience to hazards

Step 4: Please sign the declaration at the end of the application form

Shortlisted candidates may be asked to take part in an interview with the selection panel (by telephone / Skype for those who are living abroad). Please will candidates indicate phone or email addresses by which they can be contacted to arrange interviews if they are shortlisted.

Please direct any enquiries about the Studentship or the application process or to for the attention of Professor Louise Bracken, Executive Director, IHRR.