Liv Sidse Jansen Studentship

Phyllis Mary Morris Bursaries

Liv Sidse Jansen Studentship

Human Geography PhD Studentship for BME Applicants­, University of Bristol

The University of Bristol’s School of Geographical Sciences welcomes applicants of UK BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) background (including from mixed backgrounds featuring one or more of these groups) to apply for a fully funded three-year PhD studentship in human geography beginning September 2021.

Who should apply?

The successful candidate will evidence excellent research potential and may pursue any area of Human Geographical study supported by the School’s academic research strengths. Information on the School’s research excellence in human geography can be found here.

The full-time studentship is only open to students who are eligible for home fees* (ex. UK residents eligible for Home Fees). Please confer with this link (and below) to confirm your residence eligibility. Overseas students are not eligible to apply.

The studentship consists of a home fees waiver (£4,475), a bursary (£15,285), and a Research Training Support Grant (£1,000 pa), for a total of £20,760 (raising each year in line with UKRI increases for three years). Minimum full-time enrolment before submission is 36 months, maximum 48 months. Funding only accompanies the first three years of the studentship.

The researcher will have the opportunity to join extensive training opportunities and professional development networks, including the University's BME Networks.

Funding for the studentship is provided by the Liv Sidse Jansen Memorial Foundation.

*Fee status is largely determined by residency. For further details please see the information here:

How do I apply?

For all information on entry requirements and how to apply for our research degrees, please see the following page.

Applicants must submit the following as part of their formal application:

  • Formal application to University
  • Research Proposal (1,500 words max, excluding references)
  • Personal Statement (maximum 2 sides of A4, 11- or 12-point font)
  • CV
  • Two letters of academic reference

Applicants must develop their project ideas and proposals in consultation with potential supervisors within the School prior to formal application.

Applicants are required to contact potential supervisors within the School to confer on supervisory support and development of their project proposals. Only proposals and applications that have agreed written support from potential supervisors will be considered. Research projects supported by human and physical geographical supervision will be considered, but the lead supervisor must be a human geographer. The successful applicant will be an enrolled postgraduate research student within the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law and the Bristol Doctoral College

For queries about the application process, please contact the School’s Postgraduate Research Administrator, Vicki Sackwild (

For academic and program enquiries including about our School’s areas of research, please contact the School’s Human Geography PGR Director, Dr Mark Jackson (

When is the deadline?

The deadline for submission of the application is 14 June 2021. Interviews will take place soon thereafter.

Assessment Process

We will use the same application process as for the Think Big Postgraduate Scholarships.

Phyllis Mary Morris Bursaries

Phyllis Mary Morris née Doidge graduated with a degree in Geography in 1930. She is shown in the photograph undertaking fieldwork on Lundy Island in 1927. She generously bequeathed funds to the School that support the bursary scheme in her name.

Who should apply?

You can apply for a Phyllis Mary Morris Bursary if you:

  • are classed as an overseas student for fee purposes AND
  • have applied to start a qualifying one-year, full-time taught postgraduate programme at the University of Bristol.

What is it?

  • Six bursaries worth £2,000 each.
  • The awards can be used towards living costs.

How do I apply?

Further information can be found here.

Qualifying Programmes

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