Fully funded PhD Studentships across a range of research areas

Postgraduate Opportunities at UHI

University of the Highlands and Islands


The University of the Highlands and Islands is pleased to announce fully funded, full time, PhD studentships commencing in the 2017/18 academic year, available in a range of research areas.

This is the second cohort of PhD studentships at the university funded by the European Social Fund and Scottish Funding Council as part of Developing Scotland’s Workforce in the Scotland 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Fund Programme.

We are seeking excellent, ambitious candidates worldwide, to join a new cohort of PhD students, from October 2017.

The studentships:
- offer a range of research opportunities, from health to environmental science; energy to history; marine science to archaeology

- cover fees (at UK/EU level – international students will be liable for the difference in fees), plus a stipend at the RCUK level, for 3.5 years (including the writing up period)

- start in October 2017

- are open to applicants worldwide, possessing an Honours degree of at least 2:1 standard (or international equivalent)

- require students to be domiciled in the Highlands and Islands transition region during the course of their study to be eligible for funding

Why the University of the Highlands and Islands?

Spread across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, our distinctive partnership of 13 independent colleges and research institutions is locally based and rooted in communities, but with national and international reach.

Our innovative approach to learning and distinctive research are enriched and inspired by the people, natural environment, economy, culture and heritage of the Highlands and Islands. We offer unparalleled natural laboratories and opportunities to support research in a wide range of disciplines: physical; ecological; cultural; historical and social.

Over 69% of the research we submitted for assessment to the UK-wide 2014 Research Excellence Framework achieved the two top grades: world leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*), and situated the university as one of the UK’s leading modern universities, and with an excellent environment for PhD level study.

Our students are exposed to cutting-edge thinking and work alongside world-class researchers. You will be part of a growing postgraduate research student community, guided by subject experts, building knowledge and skills, in a supportive and collaborative research culture.

To find out more about research at the University of the Highlands and Islands visit www.uhi.ac.uk/en/research-enterprise

Funding information


European Social Fund & Scottish Funding Council

Funding applies to:
Open to applicants from a range of countries

Contacts and how to apply

Administrative contact and how to apply:

Apply now to be part of a new cohort of PhD students!
Click for specific information about each project and how to apply

Application deadline:

8 May 2017