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PhD – Doctoral research

PhD – Doctoral research

We are actively seeking new PhD research students across all subject areas presented on this website. If you have a potential PhD topic you would like to discuss with us, please contact the relevant potential supervisor to discuss it at the earliest opportunity. Further helpful and important information can be found at the Department of Geography's web site 'How to apply for a PhD'.

PhD opportunities

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Fully-funded AHRC Doctoral Studentship

Instruments of scientific governance? Historical geographies of Halley Bay, 1956-present

Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded studentship at the University of Cambridge, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and Royal Society. This project aims to provide an account of the emergence of scientific governance in Antarctica, by focusing on the Halley Bay research station. Halley Bay was established by the Royal Society in 1956, in preparation for the International Geophysical Year (IGY), 1957-58, and became a critical centre for observations in global science, including for the discovery of the ozone hole in the 1980s, until its temporary closure in 2017.

For full details and how to apply, visit the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) website. Deadline 31 May 2019.

Funding opportunities

Potential funding for PhD projects in the social sciences and humanities is offered through the Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership, the Cambridge ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership, the Cambridge Trust, Gates Cambridge, colleges and other funds.

Potential funding for PhD projects in the physical sciences is offered through the Cambridge NERC Earth Systems Science Doctoral Training Programme, the Cambridge Trust, Gates Cambridge, colleges and other funds.

Details regarding the fees for the course, and other sources of funding, are available in the main University Graduate Studies Prospectus. These include different sources of funding based on topic, background of the applicant and other factors. Consideration for some awards is automatic with your application, but some awards require you to apply specifically.

Please note: as well as the information above, further information about the PhD and how to apply using the on-line application process is available at the University's Graduate Admissions Office.