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Department of Geography

Announcing PhD Studentships - 2013 / 2014

The department is now accepting applications for funded PhD studentships supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Natural and Environmental Research Council (NERC) and Durham University’s Doctoral Scholarship (DDS) programme. These studentships include payment of fees, stipend and a Research Training Support Grant. The deadline for applying to the department for these funded studentships is 18th February, 2013.

The ESRC-funded studentships are offered through the Northeast Doctoral Training Centre, which includes Durham University and Newcastle University. The department will accept applications from prospective students in Human Geography and in International Relations. To be eligible, students must have EU or British citizenship. Further information about the NEDTC and studentships is available from the NEDTC website. Further information about potential topics and themes can be found on our research topics (human) page, but potential students are also encouraged to develop their own themes in conjunction with staff members: see our research groups and clusters pages or email Dr Cheryl McEwan for suggestions of whom to contact.

One NERC-funded studentship is offered through the department. The department will accept applications from prospective students in Physical Geography. To be eligible, students must have EU or British citizenship. Further information about potential topics and themes can be found on our research topics (physical), but potential students are also encouraged to develop their own themes in conjunction with staff members: see our research groups and clusters pages or email Dr Jerry Lloyd for suggestions of whom to contact.

The department will also accept applications from students in human and physical geography for the Durham Doctoral Scholarship. This scholarship is open to overseas (non-British and non-EU) students in human and physical geography. British students specialising in physical geography will also be considered. Further information about Durham Doctoral Scholarships is available on the Faculty of Social Science & Health postgraduate funding page.

How to Apply

Prospective students should apply for a place in the University and complete a separate research proposal for the studentship.

  1. Prospective students should contact the postgraduate admissions tutors in advance of applying, indicating their research specialities and preferences for supervisors, if any. Those interested in physical geography should contact Dr Jerry Lloyd at physical.rpgadmissions@durham.ac.uk; those interested in human geography should contact Dr Cheryl McEwan at human.rpgadmissions@durham.ac.uk.

  2. The list of suggested PhD topics for physical and human geography research should be consulted to see the kinds of topics prospective supervisors have identified. In physical geography, students are often encouraged to apply to a particular topic/project. Students can also apply to do work on other topics with the agreement of prospective supervisors.

  3. Students are encouraged to work with potential supervisors to develop research proposals for the funded studentships. Awards are competitive, and strong proposals are a key to funding.

  4. Apply online; this application is for a place to study at the University, rather than for the funding. Students should complete the form and upload all requested documents including letters of reference before 18th February, 2013. Early applications are desirable, as this ensures that letters of reference are received before consideration for the funded studentships. Applications without a full set of references may be disadvantaged in the competition for funded studentships.

  5. Submit a research proposal of no more than 2000 words and a current CV to geog.pgadmissions@durham.ac.uk by 5.00pm on Monday 18th February, 2013. All other required documents will be taken from the previously submitted online application.

Notification of awards will be made by 16th April, 2013.

Questions

Contact Veronica Crooks at geog.pgadmission@durham.ac.uk or the postgraduate admissions tutors (physical.rpgadmissions@durham.ac.uk and human.rpgadmissions@durham.ac.uk).