Funded projects.



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.

The Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures

The Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures is an ambitious and innovative collaboration between the University of Sheffield and the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment. Our sustainability research creates knowledge and connects it to policy debates on how to build a fairer world and save natural resources for future generations.

The Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures is powered by some of the most esteemed researchers at the University of Sheffield. These experts supervise the research projects that our PhD students, the Grantham Scholars, are working on.

See the full list of opportunities here.

The deadline for these projects has now passed.

Topic Lead supervisor Co-supervisor(s)
Developing Analytical Tools to Understand SDG Synergies and Tradeoffs Dr Johan Oldekop Prof Aki Tsuchiya, Economics
Understanding how irrigation water infrastructure works for sustainable livelihoods and ecosystems Prof Frances Cleaver
Dr Vanessa Speight, Civil and Structural Engineering; Dr Jeltsje Kemerink-Seyoum, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Delft, The Netherlands; Prof Adelaide Munodawafa, Department of Land and Water Resource Management, Midlands State University, Zimbabwe
Understanding the Role of Climate in Arctic Browning: consequences of climate change and extreme climatic events Dr Julie Jones
Prof Gareth Phoenix, Animal and Plant Sciences; Dr Robert Bryant, Department of Geography; Dr Gareth Marshall, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK

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.