Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) is pleased to offer opportunities to undertake fully funded PhDs in Human Geography and/or Development Studies. LEC is ranked 6th for Geography and Environmental Studies in the 2019 Guardian University Guide and is part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP). The studentship competition for an October 2019 start is now open and can be applied for through the following two pathways:
Geography and Environment
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.
Development and Humanitarianism in an Unequal World
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.
For further information on potential supervisors, we welcome you to explore our relevant research groups and profiles in ‘Critical Geographies’ and ‘Political ‘Ecology’. For details on the application process itself, please see https://nwssdtp.ac.uk/about/how-to-apply/.
1+3 Scheme provides support for students undertaking an eligible Masters programme which focuses on advanced study and research training explicitly intended to provide a foundation for further research at doctoral level, who will then progress to a doctoral programme. Suitable for applicants with an excellent undergraduate degree.
+3 Scheme provides support for up to three years of full-time study, or six years of part-time study, on a PhD programme leading to the award of a doctoral degree. Suitable for applicants with an excellent undergraduate and Masters degree, the latter having a strong research training profile.
The studentships will provide an annual stipend (full-time: £14,777 for 2018, exact rate for 2019 tbc.), access to a Research Training Support Grant, the opportunity for additional fieldwork funding and academic fees for 3 years (+3 scheme) or 4 years (1+3 scheme).
Candidates for awards must have a relevant connection with the United Kingdom. A relevant connection may be established if, at the start of the course:
- The student has been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the 3-year period preceding the date of application for an award, and
- Has not been resident in the UK, during any part of that 3-year period wholly or mainly for the purposes of full-time education (EU students – see below) and
- Has settled status in the UK within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971 (i.e. is not subject to any restriction on the period for which he/she may stay).
Candidates who meet all three of the above criteria may apply for a full award.
A relevant connection may be established for an EU student if the student has been resident in the UK throughout the 3-year period preceding the start of the course, even if for purposes of full-time education. EU students in this situation may apply for a full award. EU Students who have not been ordinarily resident in the UK for the last three years may apply for a fees only award.
Non-EU students who have not been ordinarily resident in the UK for the last three years are not eligible to apply. For further details on residential eligibility, see ESRC’s pages.
Full details of the application process (including eligibility criteria and forms) are available at the NWSSDTP website.
Deadline for ESRC NWSSDTP studentship applications: 4th February 2019. Please note that applications should be accepted onto the PhD Geography programme at LEC by 20th January 2019.
Informal enquires are welcomed and in the first instance please contact Stacey Read (firstname.lastname@example.org). For matters related to the specific pathways, please contact Dr Giovanni Bettini – email@example.com (Geography and Environment) or Dr John Childs – firstname.lastname@example.org (Development and Humanitarianism in an Unequal World).