Fund your PhD in Geography at Southampton through the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership

Fund your PhD in Geography at Southampton through the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership

Applications are now open for the 2024 entry round of fully-funded PhD studentships through the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP). Funding is available to UK, EU, and international students.

An exciting collaboration between the Universities of Southampton, Brighton, Portsmouth, and Chichester, the South Coast DTP aims to deliver the latest developments in training in research methods and skills to produce highly qualified and well-rounded social scientists, equipped to meet contemporary economic and social challenges.

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the South Coast DTP will be awarding a minimum of 34 studentships per year to social scientists carrying out PhD studies, or Masters + PhD studies, across its four partner institutions.

Because doctoral studentships through the South Coast DTP are student-led – applicants propose their own research project, with support from a small team of potential supervisors – the School of Geography and Environmental Science encourages applicants to contact potential supervisors with a research idea, and work with us to develop a studentship proposal that we can best support from our areas of expertise.

Economy, Society and Governance

We research economic geographies, including regional development and growth, evolutionary economic geography, innovation, digital technologies, knowledge, craft, heritage, the creative economy, venture capital and firm finance, firm location and form, social enterprise, entrepreneurship, work location and form, and gender. We also study governance and citizenship, including welfare policy, local governance, urban policy, migration, borders, diaspora, care, gender, affect and emotion, everyday life, and popular understandings of politics. (For enquiries, contact: Dr Nick Clarke; Dr Sam Cockings).

Population, Health and Wellbeing

We research topics related to population modelling, population health cultures, care for vulnerable and marginalised groups, and global practices of care and wellbeing, to understand different challenges facing people across the world. We work closely with the world-leading programme WorldPop and the University's GeoData institute to engage spatial demographic data for development, health, and disaster response applications, and for social and environmental challenges such as food and water security, poverty alleviation, and climate change adaptation. (For enquiries, contact: Prof Emma Roe).

How to apply

Funding eligibility is detailed on the South Coast DTP website.

Applicants need to list prospective supervisors in their application, so please contact us before submitting. South Coast DTP studentships are competitive – for a strong submission, applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss and develop their research proposal with support from potential supervisors.

Please note that applications involve two separate steps:

  1. an online application to the University of Southampton and
  2. an application for funding to the South Coast DTP.

Apply now

The School of Geography and Environmental Science is committed to fostering a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion. We welcome applications from suitably qualified candidates, and particularly encourage applications from candidates belonging to groups who are under-represented within academic posts at the University, including, but not limited to: women, people from Black and minority ethnic groups, and disabled people. The School are committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offer a range of family friendly policies, flexi-time and flexible working. We are a Disability Confident employer and the School holds a bronze Athena SWAN award.

Application deadline

The application deadline is 17:00 (GMT) Friday, 19 January 2024.

General enquiries

If you'd like further information on the scheme, please get in touch with the Doctoral Programme Director for the School of Geography & Environmental Science: Dr Eli Lazarus.