The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Research Councils

Overview

Eligibility for research council awards differs for UK, EU and international students.

Students should clarify the criteria before proceeding with an application. 

The research councils that are most relevant to this School are:

There are also instances of interdisciplinary research studentships from more than one research council. Allocation of all these studentships are competitive.

Other research council studentships

At times, the School offers additional research council studentships, sometimes associated with particular projects or in collaboration with non-academic partners (ESRC-collaborative studentships).

These may be linked to the AHRC, ESRC or the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Collaborative awards that are available will be advertised in the press and on this website.

The ESRC also occasionally offers collaborative studentships linked to a government department (such as the Department for Transport or the Scottish Government).

Information about these awards will be posted in the ESRC's website and available awards will be advertised here and in the press in the early summer.

Newcastle University research institutes may also advertise specific bursaries and scholarship funding opportunities.

AHRC Northern Bridge

This Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) competition offers postgraduate funding for certain areas of GPS research.

Funding is available for some areas of:

  • political and social philosophy
  • cultural/historical geography
  • political history
  • area studies

Contacts in the School

ESRC NINE DTP

We enjoy continuing high levels of ESRC funding success through four pathways within the school: Human Geography, Sociology and Children, Youth & Families and Conflict, Security & Justice.

NERC IAPETUS

The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology is a partner of the IAPETUS North East and Scotland multi-disciplinary Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP).

This is funded and accredited by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

IAPETUS’ postgraduate studentships are tenable for between three and four years, depending on the doctoral research project the student is studying.

They provide the following package of financial support:

  • full UK/EU tuition fees
  • an annual tax-free stipend (or living expenses) of £14,296 (pending confirmation)
  • Extensive research support funding is also offered

The following PhD studentships are available under the IAPETUS doctoral training partnership for projects under taken in Geography at Newcastle University;

 

Applicants MUST quote the relevant project code within the University online application.