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ESRC Wales DTP Fully-funded PhD ‘General’ studentships, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University

  Cardiff School of Geography and Planning

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 Friday, February 03, 2023
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About the Programme

ESRC Wales DTP Fully-funded PhD ‘General’ studentships, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University

Planning, Cardiff University

The School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales, invites applications for PhD study, with the possibility of being awarded a fully-funded ESRC DTP Studentship, available to start in October 2023 in the following areas:

Human Geography

Environmental Planning.

Applications are invited from exceptional candidates with a first class or strong upper second-class honours degree, or appropriate Masters' degree. The University values diversity and equality at all levels and encourages applications from all sections of the community. In line with our commitment to supporting and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion, and to increase recruitment of currently underrepresented groups, applications from Black British, Asian British, minority ethnicity British and mixed- race British candidates are particularly encouraged and welcomed. We welcome applications for both full and part-time study.

Applications welcomed by 1200pm GMT 3th February 2023.

These studentships are ‘open’ awards. Applicants should approach a potential supervisor before submitting their application to confirm that there is appropriate supervisory capacity within the University and to discuss their draft application. Information can be found at The pathway convenors are:

 Environmental Planning pathway: Dr Gareth Enticott ()

 Human Geography pathway: Professor Gary Bridge ()


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. Wales DTP studentships are available to both home and international (including EU and EEA) students. All applicants will be eligible for a full award consisting of a maintenance stipend and payment of tuition fees at the UK research organisation rate. Applicants must satisfy studentship eligibility requirements. For further details see the UKRI web site. Successful international student applicants will receive a fully-funded Wales DTP studentship and will not be charged the fees difference between the UK and international rate.

 1+3 OR +3?

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).


Applicants to Cardiff University need to apply via the direct application service at Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview in late February/early March 2023. After interview, a final short-list of applicants will be put forward to a Panel convened by the ESRC Wales DTP Management Group at which final decisions regarding studentship awards will be made. Successful applicants can expect to hear by early April 2023.

Supporting documents should be sent to . Applicants should indicate in the funding section of the PhD application form that they are applying for ESRC funding. Please email with any queries

 The application must contain the following:

1. Covering letter submitted to the Director of PGR. it must set out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at Cardiff University and the pathway; your understanding and expectations of doctoral study; your academic interests, and particularly of those relating to your proposed research. The letter should be no more than two pages. 

2. Academic / Professional Qualifications Where appropriate, this should also include proof of English Language Competency (7.0 IELTS minimum).

3. References: All applications require two academic references. Candidates must approach referees themselves and include the references with their application.

4. Curriculum Vitae: No longer than two pages.

5. Research Proposal. The proposal should be up to a maximum of 1000 words (not including bibliographic references). We suggest that you use the following headings in your proposal:

·         Title, aims and purpose of the research;

·         Brief overview of the academic literature relevant to your field;

·         Proposed design/methods;

·         Academic contributions of your research.

·         Bibliographic References

 This program is available in English only. To request information in Welsh, please contact the Postgraduate Recruitment Team ().

Funding Notes

WHAT THE STUDENTSHIP WILL COVER Studentship Awards commence in October 2023 and will cover your tuition fees and maintenance grant (currently £17,668 p.a. for 2022/23 for full-time students, including access to an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG), though an element of this latter fund may be ‘pooled’ and require separate applications from 2023 onwards. Other opportunities and benefits available to studentship holders, including an overseas fieldwork allowance (if applicable), internship opportunities, overseas institutional visits and other small grants.

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