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ESRC PhD Studentships in Environmental Planning and Geography - Cardiff School of Planning and Geography (PhD Studentship)

Reference Number: R1188
Closing Date: Closed for applications
Duration: 3 or 4 years
Funding Amount: UK/EU tuition fees plus stipend and additional research funds
Level of Study: Postgraduate Research
Regions: EU (Non UK), UK
This funding opportunity is now closed for application

Key Studentship Information

The Cardiff School of Planning and Geography is offering fully funded PhD studentships to outstanding candidates wishing to commence their doctoral studies in October 2014.

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 four ESRC funded PhD Studentships available under the Environmental Planning pathway for the 2014/15 academic year. The 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 in Social Science Research Methods, 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.

Open Studentships

Three of these studentships are ‘open’ awards therefore the School welcomes proposals in a wide range of areas, and we encourage applications from human geographers, planners and other social scientists.

However applicants should ensure that they have approached a potential supervisor before submitting their application to confirm that there is supervisory capacity within the School. Information on the research interests of our staff and potential supervisors can be found here.

Project Studentship Animal Geography: 'Where the Wild Things Are: Living with and Governing Wild Boar'

The fourth studentship is dedicated to a project in animal geography, a growing research area of the school. It is available on a +3 basis only and the research topic is ‘Where the Wild Things Are: Living with and Governing Wild Boar’.

The supervisor for this studentship is Dr Gareth Enticott. Please contact Dr Enticott if you have any questions about this studentship (email:

Number of Studentships Available: 4 (3 open, one project-specific)

Start Date: October 2014

About the School

The School of Planning and Geography (CPLAN) will be the home school for these studentship positions. The School welcomes applications in the areas of human geography (especially cultural geography and economic geography) and planning, with preferences for the core themes of research of its four research groups.

Further information about the School can be found here.


This studentship is generously funded by the ESRC. The studentships comprise an annual stipend (currently £13,795 p.a.), payment of fees up to the level charged for UK/EU students (currently £3,900 p.a.) and £750 for fieldwork and conference expenses. Continuation of the award beyond 2014/15 is subject to satisfactory performance.


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 must hold a Bachelors degree equivalent to a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours UK degree. They must also have (or expect to gain) a UK Masters degree (or overseas equivalent) at Merit level (with a coursework/examination average of 60% or more AND a dissertation mark of 60% or more, with no mark below 50%) or above in a relevant social science discipline. Preference will be given to candidates whose Masters degree involves a significant element of social science research methods training, and those who performed at distinction level (70% or higher) or equivalent.

Residency Criteria: 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 21st February 2014. Note that the deadline is absolute and applications received after this time and date will not be accepted.

Applicants will be required to submit:

The covering letter, research proposal and CV should all be submitted as an emailed attachment to Sian Moseley ( by the deadline above.

We recommend that applicants approach academic staff to be potential supervisors before submitting their application (research profiles can be found on the School’s website). If you have not secured a supervisor then this can be done by the Research Office during the initial vetting process.

Further Information

For further information please contact Dr Andrew Kythreotis:
Tel: +44 (0)29 2087 6063

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