Cardiff School of Planning and Geography ESRC 1+3 or +3 PhD Studentships (PhD Studentship)
Reference Number: R1019
Please note, the deadline is Friday, 8 March 2013 4pm.
Key Studentship Information
Having won a coveted place in the national network of training centres accredited by the ESRC, the Wales Doctoral Training Centre (Wales-DTC) is awarding a number of ESRC-funded postgraduate research studentships to support doctoral research and training at the Cardiff School of Planning and Geography.
We have three ESRC funded PhD Studentships available for the 2013/14 academic year. Awards are available on a 1+3 or +3 basis. A 1+3 studentship provides funding for four years, the first year for taking an MSc, followed by three years funding for a PhD. A +3 studentship provides funding for the three years of a PhD only, and assumes that the applicant will already have had research training from an MSc degree.
The studentships are not subject specific and we encourage applications from planners, human geographers and other social and environmental scientists. Preference will be given to applicants whose proposed research connects with the priority research themes of the School’s four research groups (please visit: the School of Planning and Geography research webpage for more information)
School of Planning and Geography
The School of Planning and Geography (CPLAN) will be the home school for this studentship position. With around 60 research-active staff and around 50 research students, the School is a major international centre for research in the areas of human geography, planning and spatial policy. Consistently ranked among the top departments in the UK in successive Research Assessment Exercises, it aims to play an internationally leading role in research and academic inquiry associated with debates around the development, management and sustainability of cities, regions and rural spaces. Often taking an interdisciplinary approach, the School’s current research expertise includes: environmental governance, geographies of food, more-than-human geographies, regional resilience, economic development and regional competitiveness, social and environmental justice, spatial planning, urban design and the integration and visualisation of spatial data.
Start Date: October 2013
Number of Awards Available: 3
This studentship is generously funded by the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre.
The studentship covers UK/EU fees plus a maintenance stipend matching the Research Council minimum (approximately £13,726), plus additional funding of £750 p.a. in Years 1 and 2, and £375 in Year 3 from the School for Research expenses.
Academic Criteria: ESRC studentship funding is highly competitive. In view of the limited number of awards and the very high standard of applications received, successful applicants are likely to have a very good first degree (a first or upper second class BA or BSc Honours or equivalent). Applicants wishing to apply for a +3 studentship will also have an appropriate Masters degree in a relevant subject (with an average mark of at least 65).
Residency:Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements. To be eligible for the full award, EU Nationals must have been in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course for which they are seeking funding, including for the purposes of full-time education. EU Nationals who do not meet the above residency requirement are eligible for a fees only award, provided that they have been ordinarily resident in the EU for at least 3 years prior to the start of their proposed programme of study.
How to Apply
Applicants must complete and submit the following documentation by the deadline of 4pm on Friday 8th March 2013. Note that the deadline is absolute and applications received after this specified date will not be accepted.
- A completed application form for admission to doctoral study in the School of Planning and Geography – October 2013 start – submitted to the Academic Registry via the online admissions portal: http://cf.ac.uk/regis/general/applyonline/index.html.
- Covering Letter – to support your application.
- 1,000 word Research Proposal – the proposal should provide details of the academic rationale for the research and the proposed research strategy. We suggest that you use the following four headings in your research proposal: Aims and purpose of the research, Overview of the academic literature relevant to your field, Proposed Methodology; and Academic contributions of your research.
- A CV
Application Deadline: 4pm on Friday 8th March 2013