University of St Andrews

‌PhD Funding Opportunities

Geography and 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 Postgraduate Research secretary, Helen Olaez (


Current opportunities are listed below 


IAPETUS2 Projects

IAPETUS2 will support at least 16 fully-funded postgraduate studentships in 2020.  The School of Geography and Sustainable Development are advertising the following doctoral research projects.

The deadline to apply to the University of St Andrews and to complete the IAPETUS form is Friday 10th January 2020 at 5pm (GMT). 

Please go to the IAPETUS2 website for details on the projects, how to apply and eligibility and requirements.

  Contact: Dr Urska Demsar (

  Contact: Dr Richard Streeter (

  Contact: Dr Althea Davies (

  Contact: Professor Doug Benn (


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 2020 will be considered for this scholarship for 2020 entry.  The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit.  

For further information please contact Helen Olaez (