University of St Andrews

PhD Funding Opportunities

Geography & Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews


Our research students are funded from a wide range of sources including UK research councils, charities, industry partners, and overseas agencies.

For research council funding in the social sciences, please see the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS).

For research council funding in the physical sciences, please see the IAPETUS Doctoral Training Partnership and the project list below.

For a complete list of current funding opportunities please see the database maintained by the University’s Scholarships 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.

If you have queries about the following studentships please contact the PGR secretary, Helen Olaez.


Modelling Short- and Long-Term Effects of Air Pollution and Temperature on Population Health and Mortality

Supervisors: Professor Hill Kulu, and Dr Urška Demšar

The aims of this project are: First, to investigate short- and long-term effects of air pollution and extreme weather events on health and mortality across population subgroups in Britain. Second, to develop a multilevel survival model to study the effect of time-varying contextual factors on individuals’ health and mortality.

Please apply by 10th April 2019 using the following link to CURRENT STUDENTSHIP OPPORTUNITIES. (Please click on ‘Apply now’ next to the project on “Modelling Short- and Long-Term Effects of Air Pollution and Temperature on Population Health and Mortality”.)

The studentship starts in October 2019.

For informal inquiries, please contact Professor Hill Kulu.

Please include ‘ESRC SGSSS PhD studentship’ in the subject line of your email.

For further information please select ESRC-SGSSS studentship (PDF, 396 KB)


Robertson Scholarship

The Robertson Scholarship, funded by a generous gift from Cornelius Robertson, is normally awarded to a postgraduate student in the School of Geography and Sustainable Development. The scholarship is worth £4000 per annum for three years, and can be used to help pay tuition fees, residence costs, and other related expenses. The award is normally made to a part-funded or entirely self-funded student. Applications by self- or part-funded candidates to our PhD research programmes that have been received by 31 March 2019 may be considered for this scholarship, which will be awarded on the basis of academic merit; please contact Helen Olaez if you wish to be considered.

For further information please contact Helen Olaez.