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PhD Scholarship: Cultural Geographies of Ocean Literate Citizens

University of Hull

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Kingston upon Hull
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Fee waiver and a maintenance grant / stipend for three years (full-time) or six years (part-time), which covers the research period of the PhD
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Placed On: 10th November 2023
Closes: 15th February 2024

About this Project:

Ocean Literacy is understanding our individual and collective impact on the ocean, and how the ocean in turn impacts our lives and wellbeing. Diverse historical and cultural contexts provide examples of communities that are deeply engaged with the ocean. Engaging these perspectives to enrich the Ocean Literacy concept beyond an understanding of marine science is critically needed to promote inclusivity in the current dialogue, amplify marginalised voices and transform our collective awareness of the human-ocean relationship. This PhD will explore examples from a range of historical and cultural contexts to provide insights for contemporary implementation of Ocean Literacy agendas.

For informal enquires please contact:

Dr Charlotte Hopkins (charlotte.hopkins@hull.ac.uk)

Supervisors:

Dr Charlotte Hopkins, Dr Bryony Caswell, Prof. Briony McDonagh

Funding:

  • The successful applicant will receive a fee waiver and a maintenance grant / stipend for three years (full-time) or six years (part-time), which covers the research period of the PhD. The fee waiver for 23/24 is £4712 (Home fee) and the maintenance grant is £18622 per annum. This rises each year in line with the UKRI’s recommended stipend allowance.
  • If you need to move into a fourth year (full time) or seventh year (part-time) to complete your thesis, please note that you will not receive a tuition fee waiver or maintenance grant during this period and you will be required to pay a continuation fee.

Submission of Thesis:

Submission of your final thesis for is expected within three years which is the end of the funded research period of the scholarship for full time and within six years if studying part-time.  However there is a permitted thesis finalisation period which is unfunded.

Research Training:

As a PhD student at the University of Hull you will undertake the Postgraduate Training Scheme alongside your main degree, to help you develop the research skills and knowledge you will need in your future career. You will gain an additional Certificate or Diploma in Research Training in additional to your PhD.

Eligibility and Entry Requirements:

Applicants should have a minimum 2:1 degree in a marine, marine history, human geography or a related subject. A Masters degree (taught MSc or Masters by Research) in a related subject, relevant training in social science and/or archival research methods will be advantageous. The PhD will likely contain data collection from human participants and therefore any research experience in this area would be favourable.

International applicants:

This opportunity comes with a Home fee waiver only, which will not cover the full International fee. You will therefore need to pay the difference between the Home fee and the International fee and will need to provide evidence that you have sufficient funds to cover this.

How to Apply:

You will need to supply a personal statement when applying for this scholarship position. Find out more about writing a personal statement. Please also ensure you include the following information:  

  1. What motivates you to pursue PhD study
  2. Why you are interested in this project
  3. How your skill set matches the requirements for your choice of project and/or any additional training you will need
  4. The wider significance of research in this area and potential future research directions for the project.

Apply for the Scholarship

Closing Date for Applications: 15th February 2024; and the start date for the PhD is September 2024.

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