SUPER Studentships

A 3.5 year (42 month) studentship includes:
• Home (UK) rate tuition fees each year*;
• A yearly stipend based on RCUK rates (£17,668 for the 2022/23 academic year); and 
• Separate funding for research training and professional development.

*for International students, there may be funding available to cover the full international tuition fee through the respective institution and this should be discussed with the Principal Investigator (PI). If funds are not available, the candidate will be required to cover the difference in fees each year (this may be in excess of £10,000 per annum). 

Part-time study is an option, with a minimum of 50% of full-time effort (7 years; 84 months). Funding will be provided pro-rata.

In general, applicants to the SUPER DTP are expected to have a minimum of a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent). Institutions may have more stringent or further eligibility requirements, please see adverts below for more information.

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SUPER PhD Projects 

The SUPER remit supports the holistic study of the ecological dynamics of systems from headland rivers and catchments through lowland regions and riparian systems to estuarine and coastal waters and marine ecosystems. 

Projects are hosted at one of our partner institutions with a Principal Investigator (PI) plus one or more supervisors and start on Monday 2 October 2023. Please find more information about each project in the adverts below:

Edinburgh Napier University

Heriot-Watt University

The University of Aberdeen

The University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI)

UHI Shetland
The Scottish Association for Marine Science

The University of St Andrews

The University of the West of Scotland

Call for SUPER PhD proposals from HEI PIs

Our fifth call for PhD studentship proposals for academic supervisors is now closed.

The SUPER remit supports the holistic study of the ecological dynamics of systems from headland rivers and catchments through lowland regions and riparian systems to estuarine and coastal waters and marine ecosystems. The fifth call under the SUPER DTP remains broad in scope, and we invite applications across the full SUPER remit, which embraces terrestrial, freshwater, and all marine habitats.

Find out more about the call and associated terms and conditions.

We are grateful to have received outline project suggestions from Aquatera, NatureScot, and Marine Scotland Science. We may receive further suggestions from other organisations who have been asked to contribute.

Applications should be submitted via this application form (you may need to use a web browser other than Chrome to access this Word document, or download the Chrome ‘Office editingextension) and returned to [email protected] by 4.00 pm on Friday 16 September 2022. Late applications will not be accepted.