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Environment Centre - Lancaster University

ESRC PhD Studentships

Lancaster University

The Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) is part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded North West Doctoral Training Centre (NWDTC). We are pleased to announce that the NWDTC studentship competition for October 2016 start is now open. Studentships based in LEC can be applied for through the ‘Development and Humanitarianism’ and ‘Geography and Environment’ Pathways.

Development and Humanitarianism Pathway

This pathway supports innovative inter-disciplinary research on a range of global issues. We welcome applications on a wide variety of topics related to sustainability, political ecology, economic development, poverty, peace and conflict, humanitarianism, health and well-being.

Geography and Environment Pathway

The Geography and Environment pathway fosters high-level research across the breadth of contemporary human geography. Applications are welcomed that engage with many aspects of environmental, cultural, development and political geographies and/or their interconnections.

For further information on potential supervisors, research areas and how to apply please read LEC’s ESRC Guide at here.

Environment Centre - Lancaster University


1+3 Scheme provides support for students to undertake a 1 year Master's programme, followed by a further 3 years of research at doctoral level. Suitable for applicants with a strong undergraduate degree.

+3 Scheme provides support for up to three years of full-time study, or five years of part-time study, on a PhD programme leading to the award of a doctoral degree. Suitable for applicants with an undergraduate and a Masters degree, the latter having a strong research training profile.

Funding Details

The studentships will provide an annual stipend of £14,057 (tax free) 2015/16 rate, 2016/17 rate to be confirmed) and UK/EU tuition fees for 3 years (+3 scheme) or 4 years (1+3 scheme).

Full studentships are available to UK and EU candidates who have been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the 3-year period immediately preceding the date of an award. EU candidates who have not been ordinarily resident in the UK for the last 3 years are eligible for "tuition fees-only" awards (no maintenance grant). Unfortunately studentships are not available to non-UK/EU applicants.

Full details of the application process are available at the NWDTC website.

Deadline for applications: 1st February 2016. You must email Andy Harrod ([email protected]) by the deadline, your Lancaster University application ID, project title and supervisor details and the ESRC NWDTC form, to be considered.

Informal enquires are welcomed and in the first instance please contact Andy ([email protected]).

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