PhD scholarships in blue carbon

About the Programme

We invite applications from qualified and highly motivated students for two 3.5-year PhD Studentships in Blue Carbon to study under the supervision of Professor William (Bill) Austin at the University of St Andrews. The studentships are available immediately and generously funded (international fee-level tuition, stipend, field support) and will be known as the Jane Lively Stewart PhD Scholarships.

You will join the University’s newly established Blue Carbon Research Centre and your PhD will be affiliated to the United Nations Ocean Decade Programme for Blue Carbon in the Global Ocean (GO-BC), which is also led by the University of St Andrews. Applicants who wish to establish a partnership with their home nation to build in-country blue carbon science capacity are particularly welcome to submit proposals and to explore research opportunities with international partner organizations.

The scholarship will cover tuition fees, a yearly stipend of £18,622 per year (in the 2023/24 academic year, subject to increase annually), and an additional research training support grant. Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria: 1) A first class or an upper secondary undergraduate or master’s degree in any area of environmental sciences (including environmental science, geography, biology, earth sciences); 2) Interest in application of blue carbon science methods in both the field and laboratory; and 3) Interest in working with international partners in the delivery of science to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Field and/or laboratory skills would be advantageous but are not essential. The University of St Andrews strive for equal opportunities. Applications of any background are welcome.

Candidates must submit an online application by 18th August 2023 at the following link: You should apply to the programme ‘PhD Geography (Science)’ in the School of Geography and Sustainable Development.  Please indicate in the funding section ‘Blue Carbon PhD studentships’. In a cover letter (personal statement), please outline your interest in applying blue carbon science research to meet global challenges that will benefit climate, people, and nature. You should also upload an academic writing sample (normally a chapter of master’s thesis) to your online application. No research proposal is required. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in the first week of September 2023. 

Find a PhD, 4 August 2023. More information.

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