Institute for Sustainability

Studentships

Sustainability Studentships

Thanks to the support of the University’s Endowments Group, we have successfully secured funding for a rolling programme of PhD studentships closely aligned with our core strategy.

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 supporting research to influence policy and practice to deliver the Goals.

Thanks to the support of the University’s Endowments Group, the Institute has funding for a cohort of four PhD studentships at Newcastle University. For the 2018/2019 intake, the Institute will support four outstanding graduates wishing to undertake a PhD programme in research to policy and practice related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The studentships are tenable for three years in any NU Faculty, cover Band 2 tuition fees and a stipend. Proposals must be led and submitted by a member of Newcastle University staff (see eligibility requirements in full call text below).

Institute for Sustainability PhD Studentships 2018

Call text

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 NU 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 University’s Endowments Group, the Institute has funding for a cohort of four PhD studentships at Newcastle University to start in autumn 2018. The Institute will support four outstanding graduates wishing to undertake a PhD programme in research to policy and practice related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The studentships are tenable for three years in any NU Faculty, cover Band 2 tuition fees and a stipend of £14,764, in line with predicted RCUK National Minimum Doctoral StipendSpecific requirements relating to each of the four endowment fellowships are listed in the full call text available here.

Projects should propose research that will address a clearly defined challenge in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals that comprise the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Potential projects might address challenges in meeting the targets associated with particular Goals, look at innovation around several interlinked Goals and targets, address gaps in evidence and indicators or explore the Agenda’s underlying principles that the Goals are universal, indivisible and that no one will be left behind. Projects that have a high degree of interdisciplinarity and that have partnerships and clear links to external stakeholder organisations (possibly including matched funding) are particularly encouraged.

For full details of eligibility, assessment criteria and terms please see the full call text available here.

Submission

Please download and complete an application form and submit to sustainability@ncl.ac.uk.

PhD Studentships 2018 Full Call Text

PhD Studentships 2018 Application Form

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