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For September 2013 entry, the School is offering over £60,000 in studentship and bursary funding for postgraduate study (both PhD and MA), in addition to opportunities for Research Council funding. This includes up to 12 full fee paying studentships (at home/EU rates).

Possible sources of funding include:

The offer of a place to study at Newcastle is made separate from any scholarship award to cover the cost of tuition and maintenance. However, there are many opportunities for funding available and these are advertised through the University's Gradfund database. Gradfund enables you to search for all kinds of funding, from studentships to charities and corporate sponsorship - they will be the most relevant opportunities for your needs.

PhD Full Funding

Colleagues in Geography, Politics and Sociology welcome applications to the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership ( and the North East Doctoral Training Partnership ( Expressions of interest should be made to academic staff members as soon as possible, and no later than 3rd February, in order to allow sufficient time to craft a high-quality application.

The School deadline for receipt of completed applications is now closed to new applicants.


PhD Studentship Opportunity - Age, Everyday Mobility and the Urban Residential Environment: Understanding the Age-Friendly City.

Reference code: GPS12

Supervisors: Dr Helen Jarvis, Dr Cate Degnen

Sponsor: Newcastle University Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, in association with EPSRC funded project MyPLACE Project

Project description: Western societies are generally characterized by increasing urbanization, ageing populations, and unequal access to housing, transport and local community services. Such characteristics highlight unequal patterns of mobility and access associated with varying degrees of age-related dependence, health impairments and the way these can be temporarily or permanently exacerbated by changes in the physical and experiential landscape, including the timing and spacing of amenities, networks and nodes of interaction and belonging, and new construction and policy initiatives. Closer attention to specific attributes of spatial arrangements and social interaction in residential built environments has stimulated growing interest in age-friendly design and governance. 

The studentship aims to better conceptualise and explain age-friendliness and to deepen our understanding of the age-friendly city. For example, a relational approach acknowledges multiple scales and transitions in neighbourhood lived experience. The research will employ a range of qualitative methods to explore people’s actual everyday use of urban residential spaces and the meanings such experiences hold. The goal is to qualitatively extend our appreciation of the situated experience of mobility for diverse social groups based on UK and comparative international case-study evidence.

Closing date: 25th April 2014

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