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Queen Mary University of London - School of Geography and Environmental Science

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £16,777
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 21st November 2018
Closes: 31st January 2019

The School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), invites applications for fully funded PhD studentships commencing in September 2019.

The studentships are for applicants wishing to undertake a PhD in Human Geography or Physical Geography/Environmental Science, in a research area agreed in consultation with the prospective supervisor.

Studentships may be funded from one of the sources below, dependent upon eligibility and proposed topic. Candidates are strongly advised to make contact with the School and a potential supervisor to discuss these opportunities prior to application for funding. For further details of projects and the application process, please see here.

About the School

The School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London is internationally recognised as a centre of research excellence and remains one of the top UK Geography departments in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. The School aims to promote a stimulating and supportive research environment and to fully integrate postgraduate students into our research culture.

LISS DTP 1+3 or +3 Studentships

The School invites applications for 1+3 and +3 studentships through the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership, for projects relating to: International Development, Conflict & Human Security, Health, Biopolitics & Social Inequality, and Urbanisation, Social Change & Transformation. Studentships may be either 1+3 (one year MRes followed by three year PhD), or +3 (three year PhD only, available for those with suitable masters-level social science research training). Eligibility is based on UK residency, although non-UK resident EU students may apply for a fees only award. See details on ESRC eligibility. The deadline for submitting an application is 5pm, 31st January 2019.

Queen Mary Principal’s PhD Studentships

The School invites applications for Queen Mary Principal’s Studentships for self-defined projects. Applications are also invited for projects that might involve collaboration with other schools within QMUL. These studentships are open to UK, EU and international students and cover fees and maintenance at the Research Council rate for London (currently £16,777). The deadline for submitting an application is 5pm, 31st January 2019.

AHRC LAHP studentship competition

The School invites applications for the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) for students studying arts and humanities disciplines. The research areas covered by the Arts and the Humanities Research Council (AHRC) are listed here. Candidates are required to apply directly to the School by 18th January 2019 and directly to the LAHP by 28th January 2019. Further details and eligibility criteria can be found here.

Leverhulme QMUL-LDS

QMUL-LDS is a research training programme ‘Mobile people: Mobility as a way of life’, supported by the Leverhulme Trust and is led by the School of Politics and International Relations. It draws strengths from both in the interdisciplinary approaches of QMUL in social science and humanities and its extraordinary location in London’s East End as a historical hub of people, languages and cultures from around the world. To find out more information about this studentship please see here. The deadline for this studentship is 5pm, 31st January 2019. Candidates are required to apply directly to their chosen school and indicate on the form they would like to be considered for QMUL-LDS.

London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership

The School invites applications for Natural Environment Research Council PhD studentships through the London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership, for research related to the School’s Earth Surface Science theme. The DTP is a collaboration between QMUL and other world leading research centres in London, and is offering four-year studentships across a suite of research areas.  See details on NERC eligibility and how to apply. Applications are made to the DTP rather than a specific project. Please do not hesitate to contact a member of QMUL staff to discuss ideas for projects.

Example projects include:

‘Quantification of the impact of changing vegetation on hillslope sediment transport’ supervised by Stuart Grieve

‘Invasive species as a driver of erosion risk at the aquatic-terrestrial interface’ supervised by Gemma Harvey

‘Investigating the impacts of drought on Spanish forests using terrestrial laser scanning’ supervised by Emily Lines

‘Past intermediate and deep ocean circulation during sustained periods of warmth’ supervised by Heather Ford

‘Microplastic-sediment interactions (MiPSi)’ supervised by Kate Spencer

Applications must be made through the DTP website by 11am on Monday 7th January 2019.

Application process and interviews

See above for details of how to apply for London NERC DTP, LISS DTP and AHRC LAHP studentships.

For other applications, we anticipate interviewing short-listed applicants in mid-February 2019.

For details on how to apply please visit the School website or alternatively you can email:

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