Human Geography: ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership PhD Collaborative Studentships: A collaboration between Aberystwyth, Cardiff and Swansea Universities

Closing date: 1 February 2018

Key Information

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The Human Geography pathway of the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP) invites applications for funded PhD study, available to start in October 2018. The following collaborative studentships are available:

  • Swansea University

Vegetation Fires and their Management: from Perceptions to Policy (working title).

In collaboration with Brecon Beacons National Park, Natural Resources Wales, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Forestry Commission England, and Welsh Water

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Supervisor(s): Dr Keith Halfacree (, Professor Stefan Doerr ( and Dr Cristina Santin (

Pathway contact: Professor Dave Clarke

  • Cardiff University

The Frontiers of Food Sovereignty and Agrarian Justice in the Amazon : A Community-Based Study of Political Agro-ecology in the State of Pará’ (working title)

In collaboration with Agro-ecology in Latin America

Supervisor(s): Dr Antonio Ioris (Cardiff University, and Dr Sergei Shubin (Swansea University,

Pathway contact: Professor Mark Jayne

  • Cardiff University

Fractured transitions? Identity, diaspora and disadvantage among young Somali people in Wales’ (working title)

In collaboration with SRF Cymru and Horn Development Association

Supervisor(s): Dr Richard Gale (Cardiff University,, Dr Andrew Williams (Cardiff University) and Dr Sergei Shubin (Swansea University,

Pathway contact: Professor Mark Jayne

We welcome applications for both full and part-time study, and studentships are available as either ‘1+3’ (i.e. one full time year of research training Masters followed by three years of full-time doctoral study, or the part-time equivalent), or ‘+3’ (i.e. three years of full-time doctoral study or its part-time equivalent), depending on the needs of the applicant. Each institution values diversity and equality at all levels and encourages applications from all sections of the community.

A short description of the accredited Human Geography pathway is available on the ESRC Wales DTP website.


These studentships are ‘collaborative’ awards. Applicants should take careful consideration of the working title and description of the project, and may wish to contact the named supervisor and / or the pathway contact above for a discussion prior to applying. 


ESRC studentships are highly competitive. Candidates should have an excellent background in the social sciences, holding a 1st or strong upper 2nd class degree; applications from those also holding a relevant research training Master's degree (or an equivalent background in research training) will be considered for a ‘+3’ award. 

Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements. 

Full-time ESRC studentship award holders cannot hold either a full-time job, or a permanent part-time job, during the period of their award. Part-time ESRC studentship award holders cannot hold a full-time job.


Studentship awards commence in October 2018 and will cover your tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant (currently £14,553 per annum for 2017/18 for full-time students, updated each year) and includes access to an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG). There are other opportunities and benefits available to studentship holders, including an overseas fieldwork allowance (if applicable), internship opportunities, overseas institutional visits and other small grants.

How to Apply

To apply for a studentship hosted at the College of Science, Swansea University, please submit your completed application documents to

To apply for a studentship hosted at Cardiff University, please apply for place via: and include the following documents:

  1. Covering letter: Please address to Professor Dave Clarke (Swansea University) or Professor Mark Jayne (Cardiff University). The covering letter must set out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at Cardiff University, and the chosen pathway; your understanding, and expectations of doctoral study; your academic interests generally, and particularly how these relate to the description of the project supplied. The covering letter should be no more than two pages. Please specify whether you wish to apply on a ‘+3’ or ‘1+3’ basis. Remember also to specify that your application concerns ESRC Wales DTP collaborative studentships and include in your application the title of the project to which you are applying.
  2. Academic / professional qualifications: Where appropriate, this should also include proof of English Language Competency (7.0 IELTS minimum).
  3. References: All applications require two academic references to be submitted in support. Candidates must approach referees themselves, and submit the references with their application.
  4. Curriculum Vitae: It should be no longer than two pages.
  5. Research Proposal: For collaborative studentships, the proposal should build directly on the outline description that has been supplied. The proposal should be up to a maximum of 1000 words, not including bibliographic references. We suggest that you use the following five headings in your research proposal:
  • Your reflections on the title, aims and purpose of the research;
  • An overview of some key research literature relevant to the study;
  • Your proposals for developing the design and methods of the study;
  • A description of potential outcomes of the project for understanding, knowledge, policy and practice (as appropriate to the topic);
  • Bibliographic references.

Please note that incomplete applications or applications received after the specified time will not be accepted. 

The deadline for applications is 4pm on 1 February 2018.

Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview; interviews are expected to take place in March 2018. After interview, a final shortlist of applicants will be put forward to a Panel convened by the ESRC Wales DTP Management Group at which final decisions with regard to studentship awards will be made. In most cases, successful applicants can expect to hear by mid-April 2018. 

Informal enquiries about these studentships are welcome, and should be directed to Professor Dave Clarke (Swansea University, or Professor Mark Jayne (Cardiff University,