|UK Students, EU Students, International Students
|8th December 2023
|26th January 2024
Funding providers: EPSRC DTP and Swansea University's Faculty of Science and Engineering
Subject areas: Photovoiltaics, perovskites, international development, sustainability and circular economy
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This PhD Scholarship represents an exciting opportunity to be the primary PhD student associated with the newly formed UNESCO Chair at Swansea University focussing on ‘Sustainable Energy Technologies’ for the Global South. A UNESCO Chair serves as a prime means of advancing research, training, and programme development through the exchange of knowledge and information sharing in the spirit of international solidarity. It serves to promote North-South cooperation as a strategy to enrich institutions, such as universities and research organisations, to mobilise higher education to join forces with UNESCO to address global challenges, contribute to the development of societies, and help achieve the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Swansea University UNESCO Chair involves partners across Sub-Saharan Africa, India, Malaysia, North and South America and is built on the belief that access to sustainable and renewable energy is a necessary precondition to achieving several development goals that extend far beyond the energy sector. Furthermore, renewable energy technologies that operate within a circular economy have the potential to maximise social, health, educational and environmental benefits.
There is a clear need for greater electricity access in sub-Saharan Africa and indeed across the Global South, where societal need for sustainable low-cost, off-grid renewable energy systems are ever-growing. However, renewable systems and components are rarely designed with the developing world in mind, often leading to failures and the generation of hazardous electronic waste with little facilities to treat such waste safely. Whole lifecycle optimisation of system components is necessary before systems can be truly sustainable. It is our contention that, for true sustainability, economic, logistical, educational and circular economy networks are as important as the technical problems associated with the generation, distribution, and storage of energy.
Candidates must hold an Upper Second Class (2.1) honours degree in Engineering or similar relevant science discipline. If you are eligible to apply for the scholarship (i.e. a student who is eligible to pay the UK rate of tuition fees) but do not hold a UK degree, you can check our comparison entry requirements. Please note that you may need to provide evidence of your English Language proficiency.
English Language: IELTS 6.5 Overall (with no individual component below 5.5) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.
This scholarship is open to candidates of any nationality.
Please visit our website for more information on eligibility.
This scholarship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees and an annual stipend of £18,622.
Additional research expenses will also be available
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