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Joint Social Sciences and Environmental Sciences PhD studentship

Joint ESRC-NERC studentship

What is a joint ESRC-NERC studentship?

  • You will join an expert inter-disciplinary Social Sciences and Environmental Sciences team, who have already developed and defined a research project.
  • You will play a leading role in the project as the doctoral researcher on the team.

Why apply?

You will:

  • Get paid to study! This funding is intended to cover your living costs and tuition fees, to allow you to focus on your research for between 3.5-4 years.
  • Work on an innovative inter-disciplinary topic, and obtain a PhD.
  • Work alongside expert academic supervisors from disciplines which cut across the Environmental and Social Sciences.
  • Join a friendly community of postgraduate researchers.
  • Have access to fantastic training opportunities not only in your specific field, but also broader academic training.
  • Develop a range of important employability skills, enabling you to work either in industry, government, or an NGO etc., or in academia.
  • This studentship is offered jointly by SeNSS (funded by the Economic and Social Research Council) and ARIES (funded by the Natural Environment Research Council).

I’m interested! How do I make an application?

  • Check your funding and academic eligibility here.
  • If you are eligible, review the research proposals (to be released on 1 November), and choose the project which is the best fit for you.
  • Contact the primary supervisor for this project for informal discussion.
  • Start thinking about and drafting the key aspects of your application. Your supervisor can advise you about how best to do this.
    • Your proposal: think about why you want to apply to work on this research project, and why you are the best candidate for this studentship. For more on our current student projects, see the SeNSS website.
    • Your personal statement: think about why you are applying for this studentship, and why you are the best person for it; why you are passionate about this topic; how your existing knowledge and experience connects with it; why you want to study with SeNSS and ARIES; what your long-term career plans are, and how a SeNSS-ARIES studentship will help you achieve these.
  • Apply for a PhD place directly to the university offering the studentship you are interested in. The deadline for this vital part of the application is 20 January 2020.
  • At the same time, talk to the SeNSS administrative lead at your chosen university to get access to SeNSS’s on-line studentship application portal to make your full application.
  • The deadline for completing your application is 2 March 2020.

These are research projects (to be released on 1 November), that have been developed by leading SeNSS and ARIES academics. The best applicant for one of these projects will be awarded funding.

Click on a link below for more information, and how to apply.

Joint Social Sciences and Environmental Sciences PhD studentship

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