Human Geography PhD Studentships

University of Leicester - Geography

Closing date: 16/01/2017 (AHRC M3C) and 24/01/2017 (MGS ESRC DTP)

This year the Department of Geography at the University of Leicester has PhD funding from AHRC and ESRC Doctoral Training Partnerships. As a Department, we welcome applications across a range of critical and creative geography topics, covering social scientific aspects of human geography and the geohumanities.

We are keen to receive application from high quality applicants interested in researching topics including (but not limited to) the following themes:

  • Austerity and the restructuring of spaces of community
  • Creative resistance to global gentrifications
  • Post-Craft/’Artisanal’ production and consumption
  • Everyday geopolitics of sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Political economy of anonymous online spaces: the role of dark markets, crypto-currencies, and blockchain technologies in economic and development geographies
  • More-than-representational geographies of nature
  • Nature writing, digital humanities and valuing the environment
  • Political ecology, conservation politics, and environmental justice/governance

PhD students will be based within our new Centre for Critical and Creative Geographies. For more information please follow the following links for the Centre for Critical and Creative Geographies research theme (

AHRC Midlands3Cities

The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M3C DTP) is a collaboration between the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, De Montfort University, University of Leicester, Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham. M3C is awarding up to 87 PhD Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships for UK/EU applicants for 2017 entry. M3C provides research candidates with expert supervision (including opportunities for cross-institutional supervision), research training and access to a wide range of facilities, cohort events and placement opportunities with regional, national and international partners in the creative and cultural sectors.

For more information about the Midlands 3 Cities Doctoral Training Centre and for details of eligibility, funding and research supervision areas (including use of the supervision search tool) please visit or contact

The deadline for M3C funding applications is 16 January 2017, by which time students must have applied for a place to study and have ensured that two academic references are submitted to the University of Leicester on the correct M3C form. Acceptances will also require interviews, in person or by skype. We strongly recommend contacting the department and potential supervisors well in advance of the deadline.

ESRC Midlands Graduate School DTP

Established in 2016, The Midlands Graduate School is an accredited Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnership, with the first intake of students to begin in October 2017.

The DTP offers 17 different training pathways that span various social science disciplines; several postgraduate studentships will be awarded annually across the pathways and institutions. The Midlands Graduate School is comprised of Aston University, University of Birmingham, University of Leicester, Loughborough University, University of Nottingham and University of Warwick.

The Midlands Graduate School DTP makes an annual award of a large number of studentships to outstanding applicants across the Social Sciences. The studentships are linked to disciplinary and inter-disciplinary training pathways, and some have a built-in element of collaboration. A masters is not a prerequisite for studying at the Midlands Graduate School DTP. A range of training programmes are available based on an assessment of the applicant’s prior learning and training needs.

All studentships can be offered on a full or part time basis.

For information on submitting an ESRC DTP studentship application please visit the 'How to Apply' pages. Please also check your eligibility to apply for a MGS ESRC Studentship by visiting the Eligibility Requirements page.

Applications for MGS open competition studentships commencing in October 2017 are now open. The closing date for applications is Tuesday 24th January 2017.

To discuss possible research project and to explore which of the funding streams your proposed research project fits into please contact Dr Gavin Brown, (Human Geography Pathway lead).

Funding Minimum: Payment of approved fees (as set and agreed by the Research Councils) – currently £4,121pa for 2016.

Funding Maximum: Maintenance grant (or stipend) for the student – currently £14,296pa for 2016 entry.

Closing Date: 16/01/2017 (AHRC M3C) and 24/01/2017 (MGS ESRC DTP)

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