Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society

2017 SAGES PhD studentships – online proposal

2017 SAGES PhD studentships – online proposal


The application process for the 2017 SAGES PhD studentships is now open.

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, and the West of Scotland

SAGES PhD Studentships for 2017

6 x 50% funded SAGES studentships

As announced at the recent SAGES Annual Science Meeting in Oban, SAGES will 50% fund 6 new PhD studentships of 3.5 years duration at the level of current RCUK studentships. The first cohort will start in September/October 2017. Project applications are encouraged from 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.

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

All outline projects received will be considered by the SAGES Research and Innovation Committee and a shortlist of 12 communicated in mid-December.


Deadline for proposed projects: November 28th

Final shortlist decision: December 15th

9 Studentships advertised: Jan-Feb 2017

September/October 2017 start 6 studentships


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

50% Funding for six studentships will be awarded for 3.5 years of new student intake, from the start of the academic year 2017.

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%                   50%

£14,296             £7,148

Fees £   4,052             £2,026
Research Training Support Grant  

£   2,750              £1,375

Management Costs £   1,500              £   750


Total £22,598           £11,299

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


Application process

 Applicants are asked to submit a fully costed online proposal.

Proposals must fit to current and/or proposed SAGES themes and fora.

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 Monday 28th November 2016.

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 12 projects to go to advertisement will be made by 15th December, 2016. Funding will be allocated to 6 projects after the response to advertisements.

SAGES Studentship information document (AOO)

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