University of St Andrews

PhD Funding Opportunities

For a complete list of current funding opportunities please see the database maintained by the University’s Fees and Funding Team.

Enquiries from self-funding students are welcome. Information on tuition fees and other costs of studying at St Andrews can be found on the University’s Fees and Funding page.

Details of any funding opportunities that are especially suitable for Geography/Sustainable Development students will also be posted below as they arise.


ESRC Studentships

The Department can enter students into the ESRC  Scottish Doctoral Training Centre for funded places (this applies to UK and EU citizens only). For information on this route, see The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science web site. There is a strict timetable for DTC applications: contact Louise Reid for more information.


Three-year fully-funded studentship within a major international study on home-based businesses/work

Potential PhD students with a degree in Geography, Sociology, Management or a related social science discipline are warmly encouraged to apply for this exciting and prestigious three-year studentship funded by the Research Council of the European Commission (ERC). The student will work with an international and interdisciplinary team of researchers within the WORKANDHOME project (ERC Starting Grant 2014) that investigates how home-based businesses are shaped by and are shaping society and space.

The student will examine residential decisions of home-based entrepreneurs and their households in the UK. A qualitative design is envisaged for this project. The research will be conducted in collaboration with researchers in Germany (ILS Dortmund). The successful candidate must have knowledge of qualitative research methods and has ideally used the qualitative data analysis software NVivo.

This PhD research will be undertaken in the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development (DGSD) at the renowned University of St Andrews. DGSD has a thriving postgraduate community, with over 40 research postgraduates at various stages in their research. The student will be part of the WORKANDHOME research team of senior researchers and early career researchers based in St Andrews, Germany and the Netherlands and will be jointly supervised by Dr Darja Reuschke and Dr Matt Sothern.

Funding Notes: Only UK/EU students are eligible to apply. The studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend of approximately £13,000.  Funding will be for three years of full-time study, starting date ideally in September/October 2015.

Applications: It is expected that applicants have obtained at least a 2.1 honours degree in Geography or another relevant social science discipline. A Postgraduate Master’s degree is not a requirement, but may be an advantage.

All interested candidates should send:

  1. A maximum of two pages outlining why they find this topic of interest and why their skills are a good match for the project.
  2. A full CV.
  3. In addition you must complete a University of St Andrews application for postgraduate study (for details of the application process see our Postgraduate application page). You should select: PhD Geography (Science) as your programme choice.

The deadline of application is 1st May 2015. Please send applications Helen Olaez. A short-list of candidates will be interviewed. Interviews will take place in June 2015.

Application Enquiries: For informal enquiries, please feel free to contact Dr Darja Reuschke. Please visit our news item or homebusiness pages for more information.