Postgraduate Funding and Opportunities

Jack Dangermond Award 2019

Applications for the Jack Dangermond Award 2019 are now open. The award provides support to attend the 2019 Esri UC in San Diego for undergraduates, postgraduates or early-career researchers who use the ArcGIS platform for teaching or research. The deadline for applications is Friday 26 April 2019.

Applications now open for the Turing Enrichment scheme

The Turing Enrichment scheme offers students enrolled on a doctoral programme at a UK university an opportunity to boost their research project with a placement at the Turing for up to 12 months. Enrichment places are offered for 6, 9, or 12 months with start dates in October 2019 and January 2020. Places are based at the Institute headquarters at the British Library in London where students will continue their PhD in conjunction with their current supervisor, while enriching their research and making new collaborations during their time at the Institute.

Enrichment students may be eligible for a stipend top up of up to £5,500 as well as a travel allowance.

To find out if you are eligible and for details of how to apply:

Applications should be made directly to the Turing by 11 March 2019.

Rodrigo Mendoza-Smith, University of Oxford (one of the Turing’s first enrichment students), had this to say about this experience: “The Enrichment programme at the Turing has been intellectually refreshing and stimulating. I find the daily interaction with Turing researchers the most valuable experience and I have also greatly benefited from weekly reading groups, seminars, masterclasses and meet-ups. ”

Assistant Professor in Anthropology or Geography, Tenure-Track Department of Social Sciences Michigan Technological University

The Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Technological University invites applications for an Assistant Professor to join our interdisciplinary social sciences faculty. We seek a scholar specializing in heritage, environment, and industrial communities to strengthen our graduate programs (M.S. and Ph.D.) in Industrial Heritage & Archaeology and/or Environmental & Energy Policy. A Ph.D. in Anthropology or Geography, or a related interdisciplinary field, is required by August 15, 2019.

Candidates with research foci that emphasize environmental health and/or pollution, social justice, urban and/or at-risk communities, labor relations, brownfield revitalization, or deindustrialization are particularly encouraged to apply. We seek a colleague committed to community-led or engaged collaborative research and teaching and/or GIS or related spatial sciences. The successful candidate will have a strong research program and high potential for securing external funding.

Applicants must demonstrate how their research and teaching interests strengthen one or both of our graduate programs, and articulate with one or more of our undergraduate programs in Anthropology, History, Law and Society, Social Sciences, and our new major, Sustainability Science and Society. Teaching experience is strongly preferred: the teaching load is two courses per semester, with one course per year being our core interdisciplinary course Global Issues. Michigan Tech is a research university (RU/H) with approximately 7,300 undergraduate and graduate students.

Michigan Tech is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Applications from women and minorities are highly encouraged by both the department and the institution. Michigan Tech is an ADVANCE institution, one of a limited number of universities in receipt of NSF funds in support of our commitment to increase diversity and the participation and advancement of women in STEM. Michigan Tech acknowledges the importance of supporting dual career partners in attracting and retaining a quality workforce. See for additional information.

Review of applications will commence on November 29, 2018. Full consideration will be given to applications received by that date. Interested candidates should complete the online application and upload required materials including: (1) a letter of interest, (2) Curriculum Vitae, (3) research statement, (4) teaching statement, (5) writing sample, and (6) names and contact information for three references.

Please direct inquiries to Dr. Melissa Baird at or 906-487-2366.



Geospatial Mapping and Science Specialists interpret and analyse geospatial data (data relating to geographic position on the earth’s surface) and use leading edge digital technology such as laser scanning, Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing and imagery. They provide data analysis and advice for mapping, satellite navigation systems (Satnavs), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), infrastructure, the identification of local, suburban or international boundaries, military, mining and a wide range of other purposes.

Specific duties are to interpret, manipulate and analyse geospatial information, data and measurement using a wide range of innovative technologies and to provide strategic advice and recommendations based on this analysis. Geospatial Mapping and Science Specialists can work in either the public or private sector and employers include consultants, contractors, rail operators, government, the military, mapping companies, suppliers of computer based mapping technology, Geographic Information Systems and Building Information Modelling, utilities companies and a range of others. This apprenticeship consists of a core and options and apprentices are required to select one option depending upon their job role.

PhD in Ecosystem Reassembly – Coventry University

Earth is arguably undergoing the sixth mass extinction event of its history. Because biodiversity determines the presence and magnitude of key ecosystem functions, such as water purification and productivity, species loss can severely impact the health and livelihoods of people. In response to this crisis, ecological restoration has become a multi-billion dollar industry. However, few restoration projects are monitored, and those that are often show no improvement.

Reasons for the failure of ecological restoration schemes continue to be hotly debated. Emerging evidence suggests that spatial processes involving the dispersal capacities of organisms are of crucial importance. These processes may be strong enough to limit improvement in ecological status even if environmental conditions at an individual site have improved after management intervention. However, the search for conclusive evidence is restricted by the labour-intensiveness of traditional biological sampling methods.

This project will apply a novel combination of eDNA and statistical modelling techniques developed by the supervisory team to map and analyse biodiversity patterns over large extents and at high resolutions throughout river networks. The aim is to understand the processes that influence the success or failure of ecological restoration efforts and make robust predictions of management outcomes at regional scales. The student will be largely based with project partner Severn Rivers Trust at their headquarters in the Worcestershire countryside. Data collection will focus on specific sub-catchments within the Severn river basin.


The following websites are a good place to start narrowing down the kind of thing you want to study further. Naturally, if you’re looking to do a PhD you may well already have a specific area you’re intending on research, but if you’re looking to do a Masters, it might help to compare different courses even if they’re at the same university.

UCAS provides a wide range of advice and options for anything to do with UK academia, including pastoral care. list over  25,000 postgraduate courses at institutions around the world. You can use their listings to quickly and conveniently search and compare qualifications.

Prospects are experts in postgraduate futures. They help to guide graduates into further education and into careers. Funding advice ranges from how to apply for loans, scholarships, bursaries, grants, disabled students’ allowances, to how to use crowdfunding to pay for your studies and how to approach employers for sponsorship. They also help with the fine tuning of CVs and Motivation letters.


The following websites all offer funding and loan information for postgraduate study, and/or the option to search large databases of funding and scholarship opportunities from throughout the UK.


PhD funding tends to be given via a department, institution, research project, or Doctoral Training Program. Often to find opportunities, it is best to use one of the databases as the top of this page, or to search on specific University websites. Nonetheless, we have found some of the major PhD funding opportunities resources  which are listed below.

Postdoctoral funding

There are various funding bodies that give grants for postdoctoral research to support writing up your thesis for publication, additional research, or for new research projects entirely. This list is not exhaustive but gives an indication of the main opportunities available. Speak to supervisors about opportunities your university might offer internally. And approach academics with funding for large projects, as often they can set aside money for a postdoctoral researcher if the research interests fit.

Conference and Workshop Funding

The RGS and other institutions often funding specifically aimed at conference attendance. Again, this list is not exhaustive but provides you with some useful directions. A few tips to start with:

Fieldwork, miscellaneous and non-UK funding

A number of trusts and other organisations offer smaller grants for fieldwork and research expenses. This section also includes more general grants and areas of funding including help with living expenses.