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Department of Geography

Postgraduate Study

Northern Bridge (Human Geography)

Funds studentships in Cultural Geography for Home and EU students. This scheme has been expanded this year, and funds both standard studentships and collaboratives.

The deadline for 2019 applications is Tuesday 18th December, 2018.

For further details email:

NINE DTP (Human Geography)

This is our main scheme for Human Geography and is open to UK and EU applicants. It funds up to 13 studentships in the ‘Human Geography Pathway’, and we can also apply to other Interdisciplinary Pathways (Children, Youth and Families; Conflict, Security and Justice; Health Well-Being and Society; Media and Society).

The deadline for 2019 applications is Friday 11th January, 2019.

Further details.

DurhamARCTIC (Human Geography and Physical Geography)

This is a Leverhulme Trust funded doctoral training centre that will be supporting 6 new PhD students entering in 2019 and another 5 in 2020, researching Arctic-related themes. Students may receive their PhD in any department but supervisory committees must include one member from a second department (although in this instance human and physical geography may count as separate departments). Funding covers UK / EU fees plus the standard research council stipend and access to additional research funds and training opportunities. Applications (which must be filed in addition to the standard university application) are due Tuesday 15th January, 2019.

For further details contact DurhamARCTIC Director Professor Phil Steinberg ( or email:

The deadline for applications is Tuesday January 15th, 2019.

More information, including application materials, are on the DurhamARCTIC website.

New NERC IAPETUS-2 Studentships for 2019 (Physical Geography)

Durham is part of the NERC funded IAPETUS partnership including the Universities of Glasgow, Newcastle, St Andrews and Stirling along with the British Geological Survey and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

The deadline for 2019 applications is Friday 18th January, 2019 at 4:00pm (GMT).

Further details.

We are particularly keen to see applications from international students who are not citizens of the UK or the European Union.

We have a large number of international postgraduate students registered for both Masters and PhD programmes as well as extensive staff experience in the delivery of high quality training and support.

Many international students are eligible for one of a number of prestigious studentship awards and we encourage you to explore the following avenues:

The British Council

The British Council hosts information on a range of scholarships for study in the UK. It has an excellent search engine for scholarship information (see the 'Scholarship Search' boxes on the page).

Further details.

CSFP Awards

Further details.

    Commonwealth Studentships (Human Geography and Physical Geography)

    Applicants must apply simultaneously in-country. Students must be from Commonwealth countries and studentships are awarded under six themes (science and tech for development; global prosperity; global peace, security and governance; resilience and response to crises; access, inclusion and opportunity).

    The deadline for 2019 applications is Wednesday 19th December, 2018.

    Further details.

    Durham Doctoral Studentships (Human Geography and Physical Geography)

    This is open to both Physical (both EU and non-EU students) and Human Geography (non-EU students only).

    The deadline for 2019 applications is Friday 8th February, 2019.

    Further details.

    Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation Scholarship (Human Geography and Physical Geography)

    This is run through IHRR and funds one studentship. Proposals and candidates must "demonstrate 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, in accordance with the aims of the Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation".

    For further details email:

    The expected deadline for 2019 applications is April 2019.

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