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The University of Winchester (the University for Sustainability and Social Justice) is seeking talented, enthusiastic and highly motivated individuals to become part of our expanding and vibrant postgraduate research community. We are offering a fully funded stipend (of £15,285 pa plus fees*).PhD studentships starting in September 2020. All studentships are for up to three years: annual renewal of the studentships is subject to satisfactory progression.

We welcome applications for any interdisciplinary projects aligned to the University's portfolio and research expertise. Priority will be given to those which address one of the following themes: one of the United Nations' Sustainable Developmental Goals; Sustainability or Social Justice.

Please note this is a competitive process with limited places are available.

Steps to take before application:

  1. Visit our research degrees webpage to find out more about the areas of research available and details of the application process.
  2. Identify potential supervisors based on their profiles.
  3. Contact [email protected] indicating proposed topic and possible supervisors. The PGR Admin team will then liaise with the possible supervisors to determine if they have capacity.*
  4. PGR Admin will contact you to let you know if supervision is available.
  5. If so, you can contact the supervisor/s to discuss the feasibility your proposed research and refine your application.

* Please note we cannot guarantee that your preferred potential supervisor will be available but if not we will endeavour to find an alternative for you.

Please note: applications will not be progressed if this process has not been followed.

We also have opportunities for self-funded PhDs: ;

Applicants will normally have a track record of high academic achievement, relevant to the discipline being applied to, demonstrated by a first class or high upper second undergraduate honours degree and a master's degree (or equivalent) and supported by two academic references.

The ability to work independently, with the support of a supervisory team, and the enthusiasm to contribute to a vibrant and stimulating research environment are essential.

Students who hold Masters level qualifications from outside the UK must send copies of their diplomas, copies of their transcripts (with a certified translation into English of their transcript if it is not in English) to the RKE Centre.

Students currently enrolled in a Masters qualification who expect to graduate before October 2020 may apply, but must submit with their application portfolio a separate recommendation letter from their current University (if not Winchester) that predicts the standing of their expected qualification. This is in addition to two references.

Application Process

Students should apply to the University of Winchester using Application Form A which includes a substantial project proposal. To download a copy of Form A please click the following link: ;

Key Dates

  • Deadline for applications is 29th May 2020
  • References are required by the 5th June 2020
  • Interviews will be carried out between 22nd June and 3rd July 2020
  • Start date is currently 1 October 2020 – Although this may change pending Government advice.
  • For information about the studentship application process please contact Kay Carter (01962) 826457 or email [email protected]

*N.B. Non-EU students are required to pay the balance between UK and non-EU tuition fees for the three years of the studentship (for 20/21: £13,500- £4,400= £9,100/annum)

**Applicants will need to instruct their referees to email their references directly to [email protected]


Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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