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

  Cardiff School of Geography and Planning

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 Friday, January 12, 2024
 Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

About the Programme

Cardiff University’s School of Geography and Planning, supported by Welsh Graduate School for Social Sciences (WGSSS) (ESRC DTP), invites applications for PhD study, with the possibility of being awarded a fully funded ESRC DTP Studentship to start in October 2024, in the areas of: 

  • Human Geography
  • Environmental Planning 

Pathway contacts:

Dr Julian Brigstocke -

Dr Gareth Enticott -

Duration of study:

Duration of study/studentship awards may vary from 3.5 (PhD) to 1+3.5 (MSc + PhD) years full time (or part time equivalent). This is dependent on prior research experience and training needs which will be assessed by completing an Initial Development Needs Analysis (Initial DNA) at the application stage and a Full DNA prior to award if successful.

Entry criteria:

Studentships are highly competitive. Candidates should have an excellent academic background in the social sciences, holding a 1st or strong 2.1 degree, or a relevant research training master’s degree.


WGSSS studentships are available to home and international students. Up to 30% of our cohort can comprise international students. International students will not be charged the fee difference between the UK and international rate. Applicants should satisfy the UKRI eligibility requirements.

Cardiff University and WGSSS are committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and creating an inclusive environment for all. We welcome applications from all members of the global community irrespective of age, disability, sex, gender identity, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation.


The closing deadline for applications is 12.00 noon (GMT) on Friday, 12 January 2024. Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview, which are expected to take place between 5 – 9 February 2024. After interview, a final short-list of applicants will be put forward to a Panel convened by the ESRC WGSSS Management Group at which final decisions with regard to studentship awards will be made. Successful applicants can expect to hear by mid-March 2024.

Applicants should consider approaching a potential supervisor before submitting their application to confirm there is appropriate supervisory capacity and to discuss their draft application. Descriptions of each accredited pathway are available on the WGSS website. Please email PGR admissions lead, Dr Andrew Williams for further information.

How to apply:

Submit your application through the online portal application form.  Incomplete applications or applications received after this deadline will not be accepted. The application must contain (this also applies to Fast Track applicants):

1.     Covering letter (two pages maximum). It must include the following bullet points as subheadings:

  • Set out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at Cardiff University and your chosen pathway;
  • Detail your understanding and expectations of doctoral study;
  • Detail your academic interests generally and particularly of those relating to your proposed research;
  • Drawing on your own background, provide a summary of why you are ready to undertake a PhD now and how you will flourish as a result of PhD funding. Challenges could include, but are not limited to, protected characteristics, socio-economic status and of being a prospective first-generation student or care- experienced.
  • Reflecting on your own background and/or proposed approach to PhD study and the opportunities which it will present, how will you support diversity and inclusion in the PhD community?

2. Academic CV (two pages maximum)

3. Research Proposal: up to 1000 words maximum, not including bibliographic references. Please use the following headings to construct 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.

4. Two references (academic or professional): applications must be supported by references. Candidates must approach referees themselves and include references with their application.

5. Degree certificates and transcripts (including translations if applicable). International applicants must also include proof of English Language competency (6.5 IELTS minimum).

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

Funding Notes

Studentships funded by the ESRC cover tuition fees, an annual tax-free living stipend in line with UKRI minimum rates (currently £18,622 for 2023/24 full-time) and includes access to a Research Training Support Grant. Full and part-time applications are welcomed. All WGSSS-funded students are required to complete a funded Research in Practice placement of 3-months in total. Students will have the opportunity to complete a placement in academia, policy, business or civil society organisations. WGSSS studentships are available to home and international students. Students with disabilities may be entitled to a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) on top of the studentship.

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