Funded projects.

ACCE

Scholarships

The Department of Geography enjoys excellent rates of success in securing funding for high quality PhD students. The latest information about different funding opportunities can be found below.

Building Climate-Smart Soils

Lead supervisor: Dr Manoj Menon
Co-Supervisors: Dr Sylvia Toet, Dr Jill Edmondson

The objectives of this project are:

  • Monitor C and macronutrient (N and P) transformations, including GHG emissions (CO2 and N2O) in biochar-amended soils. This will involve wet laboratory analyses and novel imaging techniques at Diamond Light Source.
  • Quantify water retention and soil structural changes due to biochar amendments in parallel with changes in soil macrobiota (earthworms) and total microbial biomass
  • Assess the impacts of biochar amendments on plant growth and crop yield

Funding Notes

Fully funded studentships cover: (i) a stipend at the UKRI rate (at least £14,777 per annum for 2019-2020), (ii) research costs, and (iii) tuition fees. Studentship(s) are available to UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements.

This PhD project is part of the NERC funded Doctoral Training Partnership “ACCE” (Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment https://acce.shef.ac.uk/. ACCE is a partnership between the Universities of Sheffield, Liverpool, York, CEH, and NHM.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview to take place at the University of Sheffield the w/c 11th February 2019.

For a full description and to apply, please see our PhD project directory. Please select Department of Geography from the department list.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 9 JANUARY 2019

Neanderthal evolution in Pleistocene Gibraltar: reconstructing the environmental context

Lead supervisor: Prof Ed Rhodes
Co-Supervisors: Dr K Penkman

The aim of this project is to unlock records of high magnitude rapid environmental change in the Gibraltar region using coupled amino acid racemization and luminescence dating of sediment archives, in order to better understand the context in which Neanderthal occupation and evolution took place. These sedimentary archives indicate that past high magnitude environmental change was accompanied by widespread landscape modification in Gibraltar and the surrounding region. Understanding climatic drivers and environmental responses at the Gibraltar Neanderthal world heritage site can be achieved by strategically combining recent developments in optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) and amino acid racemization (AAR) applied to key Pleistocene sedimentary archives.

Funding Notes

Fully funded studentships cover: (i) a stipend at the UKRI rate (at least £14,777 per annum for 2019-2020), (ii) research costs, and (iii) tuition fees. Studentship(s) are available to UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements.

This PhD project is part of the NERC funded Doctoral Training Partnership “ACCE” (Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment https://acce.shef.ac.uk/. ACCE is a partnership between the Universities of Sheffield, Liverpool, York, CEH, and NHM.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview to take place at the University of Sheffield the w/c 11th February 2019.

For a full description and to apply, please see our PhD project directory. Please select Department of Geography from the department list.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 9 JANUARY 2019

WRDTP ESRC Network Award

  • 1x network, 100% DTP/WRUC funded, ie. 3 studentships. Open to University of Leeds, York and Sheffield only

The WRDTP is offering one new White Rose Network which is thematic and challenge focused. Preference will be given to proposals linked to the ESRC research priorities, as identified in ESRC Delivery Plan 2016-20 (Productivity, Understanding the macro-economy, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Housing, Ways of Being in a Digital Age), though other research areas will be considered.

The Networks will be fully funded by the WRDTP (with co-funding from the White Rose University Consortium), though there MUST also be collaboration with an external non-HEI partner (private sector, public sector or civil society/third sector etc).

Each studentship is distributed, bilateral and involves two supervisors – a principal supervisor per White Rose institution (Leeds, Sheffield, York) and the co-supervisor at the partner institution. Each Network therefore consists of six academics and three PhD students. One academic (either principal or co-supervisor) will act as the Network leader.

DEADLINE FOR ACADEMIC PROPOSALS: noon 7 DECEMBER 2018

WRDTP ESRC Collaborative awards - 13 awards fully funded

The DTP Collaborative Awards Scheme aims to ensure that at least 30% of studentships are linked to partners in the private, public or third sectors. These links do not have to involve funding and could be internships, placements or other forms of meaningful collaboration.

This means that our 13 Collaborative Awards which we have made available for competitive bids from departments do not need to have secured financial support from an external body, but must at least show strong evidence of a real partnership with that body. Nevertheless, we expect that the project partner will meet any travel, subsistence and accommodation costs incurred by the student associated with visits made to the non-academic organisation.

DEADLINE FOR ACADEMIC PROPOSALS: noon 7 DECEMBER 2018

WRDTP Development Workshop for new Collaborative and Network Award proposals

Academic colleagues who are interested in developing a proposal for the Network and/or Collaborative Awards competitions are invited to attend the following workshop session:

  • 10.30am – 12.30 pm, 17 October 2018, Conference Room, Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield, 34 Gell Street, Sheffield, S3 7QY.

If you wish to attend this workshop, please book your place here.

Further details on the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP) PhD Awards commencing 2019/20 is available at https://wrdtp.ac.uk/studentships/

Queries to enquiries@wrdtp.ac.uk or Charlotte Massarella, DTP Administration, Training and Scholarships Officer, x27132

WRDTP ESRC Pathway Awards (41 awards, 50% DTP funded)

The DTP is offering 41 ESRC studentship awards, with 2 of these been allocated as Interdisciplinary Research Awards. These are available in the themed pathways.

WRDTP ESRC Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) Awards (6 awards, 100% DTP funded)

Six fully funded AQM awards are available via open competition across all social sciences departments/schools and will be of specific interest to those schools/departments that have a strong track record of AQM or are looking to expand into this area. The WRDTP will give priority to those who will be working with large data sets (an ESRC priority).

Note: The DTP can only recruit up to 35% of students internationally for full awards in AQM, i.e. two of the six AQM studentships on offer. However, the DTP is only allowed to offer the standard RCUK fee rate of £4,260, thus the department/school would need to supplement the fee for any successful overseas/EU applicant.

DEADLINE FOR PhD CANDIDATES TO APPLY TO THE ABOVE COMPETITIONS: 17:00hrs 23 JANUARY 2019

Previously funded projects

Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment

This year, our NERC funded doctoral training partnership Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment is offering 5 Geography projects aligned with the grand challenges in environmental research.

ACCE is a partnership between the Universities of Sheffield, Liverpool and York, and the NERC’s Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) providing doctoral training in the biological components of the natural environment and related disciplines.

The deadline for applications has now passed.

ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership

The White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership, accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council, is a collaboration across the social sciences at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield, York, Bradford, Sheffield Hallam, Hull, and Manchester Metropolitan.

The WRDTP is offering a range of social sciences PhD Studentships starting in September/October 2018.

The deadline for applications has now passed.

WroCAH AHRC Competition Studentships

White Rose College of Arts and Humanities is funded by the AHRC and involves the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.

Doctoral training with WRoCAH takes a collaborative approach to equip high-achieving researchers with the skills and experience to become leaders in their chosen fields. The college works closely with leading external organisations from sectors including museums, galleries, archives and libraries; arts and heritage organisations; creative industries; design, manufacturing and retail; publishing and performing arts; media; and charities and the public sector.

WRoCAH competition applications are now open for studentships starting in September/October 2018.

The deadline for applications has now passed.