ESRC studentships

The Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP) invites applications for a chance of securing a fully-funded PhD studentship in any area of Human Geography commencing in October 2017. The Department expects to make doctoral studentship awards in areas that contribute to existing research groups

  • Cultural and Historical Geography
  • New Political Geography

Potential themes and topics can be found HERE

Applications are invited from exceptional candidates with a first class or strong upper second class honours degree, or appropriate Master’s degree. The University values diversity and equality at all levels and encourages applications from all sections of the community. We welcome applications for both full and part-time study, and studentships are available as either ‘1+3’ (i.e. one full time year of research training Masters followed by three years of full-time Doctoral study, or the part-time equivalent), or ‘+3’ (i.e. three years of full-time doctoral study or its part-time equivalent), depending on the needs of the applicant.

These studentships are ‘open’ awards. Applicants should consider approaching a potential supervisor before submitting their application to confirm that there is appropriate supervisory capacity within the University and to discuss their draft application.  

Studentships commence in October 2017 and will cover your tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant (currently £14,296 p.a. for 2016/17 for full-time students, updated each year); and includes an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) of up to £750 for three years for full-time students (pro rata for part-time students). There are other opportunities and benefits available to studentship holders, including an overseas fieldwork allowance (if applicable), internship opportunities and overseas institutional visits.

ESRC studentships are highly competitive, candidates should have an excellent academic background in the social sciences, holding a 1st or strong upper 2nd class degree; applications from those also holding a relevant research training Masters degree (or an equivalent background in research training) will be considered for a +3 award. Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements.

1+3 OR +3?
The awards are available on either a 1+3 or +3 basis. A 1+3 studentship provides funding for four years (or part-time equivalent), completing a research training Masters in the 1st year, followed by 3 years research funding for a PhD. A +3 studentship provides funding for the three years PhD research study only (or part-time equivalent).

The closing deadline for applications is 12:00 noon on Wednesday 1 February 2017. Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview, which are expected to take place in March 2017. After interview, a final short-list of applicants will be put forward to the ESRC Wales DTP Doctoral Panel at which final decisions with regard to studentship awards will be made. Successful applicants can expect to hear by mid-April 2017.

  • Applications for an ESRC Wales DTP studentship award must include the following six elements:
  • a covering letter of up to two pages that sets out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at Aberystwyth University, and the Human Geography Doctoral Training Pathway; your understanding, and expectations of doctoral study; and your academic interests generally, and particularly of those relating to your proposed research. The covering letter should be no more than two pages. Please also specify which pathway you will be applying to and whether you wish to apply on a +3 or 1+3 basis.
  • details of academic/professional qualifications and proof of English Language Competency (7.0 IELTS minimum)
  • the names of two academic referees. Candidates must approach referees themselves and request a reference to be submitted.
  • a cv (two pages maximum)
  • a research proposal up to a maximum of 1000 words (not including references) using the following five headings:
  1. Title, aims and purpose of the research;
  2. Overview of the academic literature relevant to your field;
  3. Proposed methodology;
  4. Academic contributions of your research.
  5. References