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.


Scottish Graduate School for Social Science (SGSSS) PhD studentship competition

The Scottish Graduate School for Social Science (SGSSS) has now opened its PhD studentship competition. You can apply for a fully funded studentship through the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development at St Andrews. Contact a member of staff to develop a proposal, or work with us on one of our existing PhD research projects. We supervise PhD research in themes including Human GeographyEnvironmental GeographySustainable Development and Environmental Economics.

St Andrews will interview PhD candidates to put forward to the Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences competition on 28th January 2015.

How to Apply

In order to apply for a SGSSS ESRC studentship with St Andrews, you need to have received a conditional or unconditional offer onto St Andrews PhD programme. Therefore you need to complete both our PhD Application Form (and provided associated documents), along with a draft of the ESRC Studentship Application Form which should be sent to your intended supervisor. Please note on the PhD application form that you are applying for an ESRC scholarship with the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development.

The closing date for initial applications to the University of St Andrews Department of Geography and Sustainable Development PhD programme is 15th January 2016 (11:59pm). Interviews for shortlisted candidates are scheduled for 28th January and Skype interviews are possible. The final deadline for submission of ESRC applications is 17th February 2016 (note deadline for registration with SGSSS is 5th February).

Candidates are advised to discuss their research proposal with a member of our academic staff with expertise in their research topic before applying for the PhD programme. Details of academic staff and their research interests can be found on the School website. Additionally potential project are listed on our PhD research projects page. Selected candidate will be guided through the SGSSS application process.

Further information: For more information about this studentship and the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development PhD programme, please email Dr Alan Marshall or phone 01334 463951.