UK/EU students

PhD Studentship in Research to Policy and Practice related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Sir James Knott Fellowship - UK and EU)

Value of award

100% Band 2 tuition fees* at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend at Research Council UK rate (£14,764 2018/19) tenable for 3 years with an additional £4,000 for travel and consumables over the duration of the award.

Number of awards


Start date and duration

September 2018 for 3 years

Application closing date

29 January 2018


The Institute for Sustainability was set up to facilitate excellent research across traditional discipline boundaries, and to deliver practical engaged solutions to real-world issues relating to sustainability. The Institute acts to build and develop relationships which support interdisciplinary research at regional, national and international levels.

Building upon its success in connecting Newcastle University’s research with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Institute for Sustainability is increasing its focus on enabling researchers from across all three faculties of Newcastle University to generate impactful interdisciplinary research, and to engage closely with stakeholders at the UN High Level Political Forum and other relevant UN bodies, and others to influence policy and practice to deliver the Goals.

Thanks to the support of the Sir James Knott Endowments Fund, the Institute for Sustainability will support an outstanding graduate wishing to undertake a PhD programme in research to policy and practice related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

See our website for full details of PhD studentship projects available.

Three other studentships are being offered

*Band 2 fees− applies to the majority of programmes in the Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering, the Faculty of Medical Sciences and to exceptional programmes in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. This fee band applies to academic disciplines with a significant proportion of laboratory or studio based research and study. 


Sir James Knott Fellowship, Institute for Sustainability, Newcastle University 

Name of supervisor(s)

Please check the relevant project summary webpage for Lead Supervisor details.

Eligibility Criteria

The successful candidate will have a degree (at least 2:1 or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Preference will be given to a non-Newcastle University graduate. The studentship is ONLY open to UK and EU citizens who are eligible for both stipend and tuition fees.

How to apply

The candidate must apply through the University's online postgraduate application form.

Only mandatory fields need to be completed however, you will need to include the following information:

Programme and project studentship codes are available from the relevant project summary page.

The covering letter must state the title of the studentship and project (including the relevant code), and state how your interests and experience relate to the project.

We encourage students to apply for a maximum of TWO projects.

The online application system will only allow one application to an academic school. If you are applying for TWO projects in the same academic school then you will need to e-mail Postgraduate Admissions:, with the following:


Please contact the Lead Supervisor. Lead Supervisors are detailed on the project summary pages.

Alternatively, general enquiries can be directed to:

Eligible Courses