Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society

2018 SAGES PhD studentships – online proposal

2018 SAGES PhD studentships – online proposal

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Announcement of Opportunity

SAGES pools world-leading expertise in geoscience and environmental science from across Scotland’s research base, creating a multi-disciplinary alliance at the forefront of earth and environmental research. We are a partnership between the Universities of Aberdeen, Abertay, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Andrews, Stirling, SAMS UHI, SUERC, the West of Scotland and the British Geological Survey.

SAGES PhD Studentships for 2018

Four 45% funded SAGES studentships

For 2018 SAGES will 45% fund 4 new PhD studentships of 3.5 years duration in step with the RCUK levels. The cohort is scheduled to start in October 2018. Project applications are encouraged from all SAGES partners detailing their fit to SAGES Themes, the proposed match funding, the contribution of SAGES partners, and the proposed supervisory team. It is hoped, through the Graduate School, there will be opportunities for students to expand their training through interactions with other academic, research and industrial partners. Each project must have supervision from at least two SAGES partner institutions.

NOTE: Those SAGES members in direct receipt of SAGES PhD funding (as Director of Studies) from the last call (2016) are ineligible.

Recruitment will be co-ordinated by the host institution and advertised on the SAGES website and Find a PhD website

All outline projects received will be considered by the SAGES Research and Innovation Committee and a shortlist to go to advertisement communicated in mid-December.


Deadline for proposed projects: 30 November 2017

Advertisement shortlist: 15 December 2017

Studentships advertised and interview shortlist: January-February 2018

Interviews and final candidate selection in late February-early March 2018

October 2018 start for the 4 studentships


Proposals are sought that complement and enhance the SAGES research themes.

45% Funding for four studentships will be awarded for 3.5 years of new student intake, from the start of the academic year 2018.

SAGES recognises the value of delivering studentships in partnership and encourages proposals from teams that can show they are working across boundaries, including across departmental boundaries within a single organisation, or across boundaries between academic and non-academic organisations.

This opportunity is open to all SAGES partners.


Indicative RCUK annual funding per notional full-time doctoral studentship:


Student Stipend

100% 45%

£14,553 £6,5496

Fees £4,195 £1,888
Research Training Support Grant  

£2,750 £1,237

Management Costs £1,500 £ 675


Total £22,98 £10,349

Supervisor will have flexibility in how they use the total funding, following RCUK guidance

Application process

Applicants are asked to submit a fully costed proposal on the electronic application below.

Proposals must fit to current and/or proposed SAGES themes and fora. NOTE: Those SAGES members in direct receipt of SAGES PhD funding (as Director of Studies) from the last call (2016) are ineligible.

A funding plan must be included indicating the match funding and including a Letter of Support from the match funder.

Proposals must be submitted by 17:00 GMT on Thursday 30th November 2017.

The proposals will be assessed according to;

a) fit to SAGES Theme and Fora,
b) strength of co-funding model and
c) innovative science and/or stakeholder engagement.

A decision on a shortlist of projects to go to advertisement will be made by 15th December, 2017. Funding will be allocated to the 4 projects after selection of the best candidate at interview.

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