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Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation Scholarship - Call for Applications

(9 April 2015)


One Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation Scholarship is available for the academic year 2015-16. 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.

The successful candidate will register for a full-time PhD in the Geography Department at Durham University. The 3-year Scholarship 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 Scholarship 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 scholarship will promote the partnership between the Foundation and the University.

The Scholarship has been established with the following aims:

  • The Scholarship 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 Scholar’s personal development
  • The Scholarship will be associated with Van Mildert College and the Scholar 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 Scholar’s work in a way that will commemorate Christopher Moyes, as agreed with the Foundation Trustees
  • The Scholarship will be associated with the Department of Geography at Durham University where the PhD will be supervised. Candidates for the Scholarship 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 Scholarship 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 Scholar’s work in a way that will commemorate Christopher Moyes, as agreed with the Foundation Trustees

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.