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ESRC-funded +3 PhD Studentship in Human Geography (PhD Studentship)

Reference Number: R2681
Closing Date: Closed for applications
Duration: 3 years
Funding Amount: full UK/EU fees, plus stipend
Level of Study: Postgraduate Research
Regions: EU (Non UK), UK
This funding opportunity is now closed for application

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 one Human Geography ESRC-funded PhD Studentships available for the 2016/17 academic year. The award is available on a +3 basis. 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.

We encourage applications from human geographers, planners, and other social scientists. Preference will be given to applicants whose proposed research connects with the priority research themes of the School’s four research groups:

  • Environment, Society, and Space
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Spatial Planning and City Environments
  • Urban and Regional Governance
School of Planning and Geography

The School of Planning and Geography is a major international centre for research in human geography and planning. As a top-rated school with the ambition to play a leading role in academic and policy debates at national and international levels, it aims to recruit committed research students for the pursuit of innovative, cutting-edge research at PhD level.

Start date: 1 October 2016

Number of Studentships: 1


This studentship is very generously funded by the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre. It consists of full UK/EU tuition fees, as well as a Doctoral Stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum (£14,057 p.a. for 2015/16, updated each year).

Additional funding: £750 during years 1 and 2 and £375 in year 3 are available for research expenses.

One studentship is available.


Academic criteria

In view of the limited number of awards and the very high standard of applications received, successful applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree equivalent to a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours UK degree. For the +3 studentship, they must also have (or expect to gain) a UK Master's degree (or overseas equivalent) at Merit level (with a coursework or 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 Master's degree involves a significant element of social science research methods training, and those who performed at distinction level (70% or higher) or equivalent.


To be eligible for a full award a student must have:

  • Settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay and
  • Been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences) and
  • Not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals).

To be eligible for a fees only award:

  • Students from EU countries other than the UK are generally eligible for a fees-only award. To be eligible for a fees-only award, a student must be 'ordinarily resident' in a member state of the EU.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to submit:

  • Covering Letter - to support your application (specifying which studentship you wish to apply for);
  • 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; and
  • A CV.

The covering letter, research proposal and CV should all be submitted as an e-mailed attachment to Ruth Leo ( by the deadline below.

The deadline for applications is 5 February 2016.

Cardiff University reserves the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

Further Information

Visit the School of Planning and Geography page for details on Postgraduate Research programmes.

For further information, contact Dr Andrew Kythreotis at or on +44 (0)29 2087 6063.