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Studentships - funding

Studentships - funding

ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)

ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP): The Department of Geography is pleased to participate in a new ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) at the University of Cambridge. A range of studentships are available across the social sciences at Cambridge; if you are interested in how society works and how it can handle global challenges, an ESRC DTP studentship will give you a world-class training programme, with access to leading international scholars both at Cambridge and other DTPs, and a wide community of fellow social scientists. Read more about ESRC DTP studentships. Please contact Dr Alex Jeffrey to discuss your interest in applying for a DTP studentship.

ESRC studentships

ESRC studentships (fees and maintenance for UK applicants and fees only for EU applicants) available on either a 1+3 (MPhil year and 3 years for PhD) or a +3 basis.

ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)

Entrepreneurial infrastructure in the off-grid city: water and energy entrepreneurship in Ghana and South Africa

Full details

The University of Cambridge ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership [DTP] is pleased to offer an interdisciplinary studentship available for admission in October 2020. The studentship will be a one-year masters (MPhil Geographical Research) followed by three-year doctoral programme, and will be co-supervised by Dr Charlotte Lemanski (Department of Geography) and Prof Jaideep Prabhu (Judge Business School).

The studentship will explore entrepreneurial practices and state regulation of off-grid water and energy infrastructure (e.g. water sachets/bottles, storage tanks, boreholes, solar panels, diesel generators) in the cities of Johannesburg (South Africa) and Accra (Ghana). Primary fieldwork in these cities will involve ethnographic observation and qualitative semi-structured interviews with off-grid water and energy entrepreneurs, and state officials. While in the field the student will be supported by colleagues at the University of Ghana and University of Witwatersrand.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 7th January 2020 (references must be received by then). Applicants should apply for the MPhil Geographical Research, indicating their interest in this project. Please enter the Studentship title under the research section of the application and indicate that you wish to receive funding under the Reasons to Apply section. In the Proposal section, please explain your interest in this particular project, why you feel you are a suitable applicant, and any ideas that you have for how you would wish to develop the project.

Please direct questions to Dr Charlotte Lemanski.

Cambridge ESRC DTP Knowledge Exchange Studentship 2020

Characteristics, expectations and aspirations for work amongst marginalised young people in low- and middle-income countries

Full details

The University of Cambridge ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, is pleased to offer a studentship available for admission in October 2020 in the Department of Geography. This studentship is fully funded, and is titled: "Cambridge ESRC DTP Knowledge Exchange Studentship 2020: Characteristics, expectations and aspirations for work amongst marginalised young people in low- and middle-income countries."

The studentship is open as either a one-year masters followed by three-year doctoral programme or a three-year doctoral programme. Suitable Masters level qualifications are required should a student wish to enter at the PhD level. The project will be co-supervised by Dr. Anna Barford (Department of Geography), Professor Bhaskar Vira (Department of Geography), Professor Niall O'Higgins (ILO), and Dr. Adam Coutts (Department of Sociology), with additional supervisory support offered by Dr. Brendan Burchell (Department of Sociology). The project sits within the Infrastructural Geographies Thematic Research Group in the Department of Geography.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 7th January 2020 (early applications are encouraged).

ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Studentship

Evolving cities: Understanding the health impacts of urban redevelopments

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This interdisciplinary PhD studentship is funded by the University of Cambridge ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) and will supervised by Dr Jenna Panter at the MRC Epidemiology Unit and Dr Alice Reid at the Department of Geography.

People's physical and social environments affect behaviours such as diet and physical activity, and these in turn affect chronic diseases. It is known that environments have a major influence on physical activity with potential health, social and environmental co-benefits. However, scientific uncertainty surrounds the effects of environmental interventions to change population patterns of activity and the mechanisms by which that goal might be achieved.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 7th January 2020 (early applications are encouraged).

Cambridge ESRC DTP Interdisciplinary Studentship 2020

Racialized geographies of urban infrastructures: Black and Indigenous displaced populations in Colombian cities

Full details

The studentship is open as either a one-year masters followed by three-year doctoral programme or a three-year doctoral programme and will be co-supervised by Felipe Hernandez (Department of Architecture) and Sarah Radcliffe (Department of Geography).

This project focuses on the socio-political intersection between race, forced displacement and urban stratification in order to establish how these three factors have configured the peripheries of Colombian cities over the past twenty years. It draws attention to the question of racial discrimination, which emerges, along with debates about marginalization, as a systemic condition of inequity that allows the perpetuation of a system of political control and economic exploitation. The fact that most displaced people in Colombia are Afro-descendants and Indigenous is striking evidence of sustained modes of systemic marginalization based on race and ethnic origin. By reproducing patterns of race-based discriminatory divisions in cities, with Black and Indigenous peripheries versus white-dominated centres, these new urban spaces of internal displacement form contested sites of political struggle. The racialized geographies of urban settlement reflect racism and power at numerous scales.

The closing date for applications is Friday 3rd January 2020.

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) PhD studentship

Gender and histories of Arctic field science, 1900-1950

Full details

Applications are invited for an AHRC CDA doctoral studentship offered by the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership, to start in the October or January of the 2020-21 academic year.

The studentship will be based in the Department of Geography and the Scott Polar Research Institute. The successful applicant will work on a collaborative project co-led by Dr Richard C. Powell, Department of Geography (and Scott Polar Research Institute) and co-supervisor, Professor Paul Smith, Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

This project provides the opportunity to explore the histories of a range of women in the twentieth-century Arctic, including female scientists, travellers and collectors and their encounters with indigenous people. The project draw upon extensive archival records about the geologist Phyllis Wager and the writer Isobel Wylie Hutchison. The student will also be encouraged to develop a comparative focus to include other key actors involved in gendering the Arctic field sciences.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 7th January 2020 (early applications are encouraged).

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) PhD studentship for Landscape, memory, and trauma: cinematic depictions of the Holocaust

Full details

Applications are invited for an AHRC CDA doctoral studentship offered by the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership, to start in the October or January of the 2020-21 academic year.

The studentship will be based in the Department of Geography. The successful applicant, will work on a collaborative project co-led by Professor Matthew Gandy, Department of Geography and co-supervisor from the British Film Institute and Larysa Michalska, the Galicia Jewish Museum.

The studentship will involve exploring how cinematic depictions might function to sustain the memory of the Holocaust for those who did not live through it, forming mnemonic frameworks that resonate with public culture. It is thus an examination of the potential memorial role of cinema and possible post-cinematic media developments like virtual reality, the nature of contemporary memory and mediation, and practical pedagogical approaches to commemoration. The project seeks to examine these developments through a geographical lens, questioning how cinema mediates landscapes of Holocaust memory across Europe.

Application deadline: 7th January 2020.

AHRC – PhD studentships

AHRC – PhD studentships

NERC PhD studentships

NERC PhD studentships (fees and maintenance for UK applicants and fees only for EU applicants). The Department of Geography/Scott Polar Research Institute is part of the interdisciplinary, interdepartmental, Cambridge Climate, Life and Earth Doctoral Training Programme (C-CLEAR DTP). The DTP has fifteen 3.5 year NERC studentships to award to successful candidates each year, for PhDs commencing by 2023.

Cambridge Trust

Each year a number of UK or international studentships are funded through awards from the Cambridge Trust. If applying prior to the January 7th 2020 deadline, your application will be considered in due course for Cambridge Trust funding.

Other funding opportunities

You may also find useful the University's Funding Search website.