PhD Studentship:Leverhulme Doctoral Studentship in Climate Justice

University of Reading - School of Politics, Economics and International Relations

This PhD studentship is part of the Leverhulme Doctoral Programme in Climate Justice funding ambitious, ground-breaking research that will open intellectual and policy frontiers on climate and justice.  The programme brings together areas of Reading’s existing academic excellence in the social sciences, philosophy, law and the physical sciences to support innovative doctoral research at the interface of climate and justice. Climate Justice PhD students take research training modules in Climate Ethics and Climate Science and have access to a panel of climate science experts drawn from across the University.

As a Leverhulme Doctoral Scholar you will benefit from workshops and events and from engagement with world-leading Visiting Scholars in each year of the Programme.

Your work will be located in one or more of the following work streams: Justice and Ethics, Politics and Governance, or Legal Implications. Details on these streams, including examples of projects falling within them, can be found at

Applicants with backgrounds in Arts, Humanities, Social Science or Science disciplines are encouraged to apply. Your research project must fall within the interdisciplinary remit of Climate Justice.  Applications will be judged according to the excellence and originality of the proposal and the applicant's academic track record.


  • Applicants should hold or expect to gain a minimum of a 2:1 bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject (or equivalent from a university outside the United Kingdom).
  • Applicants should hold a master's degree in a relevant subject, although exceptions will be made for outstanding applicants.

Funding Details:   

  • Starts September 2017
  • Three year award
  • Full tuition, a fixed stipend at RCUK level (currently £14,296 pa) and a research and training allowance

Full instructions of how to apply for the scholarship can be found on the programme website: 

Application Deadline: 17 March 2017

For further details please contact Ann Livingstone (

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