Joint Doctoral Program of the University of St Andrews and the University of Bonn

Individual funding

The University of St Andrews and the University of Bonn are pleased to offer a scholarship funded by both institutions, to support exceptional students undertaking doctoral research in the following projects:

Submission deadline

For entry in the 2022–2023 academic year:

March 31 or May 23 — depending on project

Please note: Students should submit their proposal and related documentation to the co-supervisors listed in the respective project’s funding conditions below (please see “How can I apply?”).

Project

Hydrologic relevance and climate response of rock glaciers in mountain permafrost environments

Availability of water is one of the most important factors for population health, ecosystem functioning and sustainable development. Mountains are Earth’s fundamental water towers, providing water to densely populated lowlands well beyond their immediate downstream ar-eas. Glacier melt contributes significantly to runoff of many rivers, but meltwater yield is pro-jected to decrease on average strongly after ~2050 jeopardising future water availability. This would have severe impacts especially for regions highly dependent on ice melt. However, very limited quantitative studies exist which consider subsurface ice in mountain permafrost like stored in rock glaciers (RG). (For complete project description see Downloads)

Funding conditions

Geographical criteria
No restrictions.

Domicile for fee status
No restrictions.

Level of study
Postgraduate Research (Doctoral).

Year of entry
2022–2023 academic year.

Additional criteria
Applicants must not already (i) hold a doctoral degree; or (ii) be matriculated for a doctoral degree at either the University of St Andrews or the University of Bonn (or another institution).

Duration of award
Up to 3.5 years. The student will be expected to spend approximately half of the award term at the University of St Andrews and half at the University of Bonn. The successful candidate will be expected to have completed the doctorate degree by the end of the award term. The award term excludes the continuation period and any extension periods.

Value of award
The funding comprises a scholarship equivalent of a full-fees award and stipend for a period of up to 3.5 years. It is expected that the student will spend half of the scholarship term at the University of St Andrews and half at the University of Bonn:

  • For the period spent at the University of St Andrews, the scholarship will comprise a full fees award and a stipend paid at the current UK Research Council rate (£15,609 each year in 2021–2022).
  • For the period spent at the University of Bonn, the scholarship will comprise a monthly maintenance grant of €1,500. The University of Bonn does not charge any tuition fees, but students must pay a so-called social contribution once per semester (currently €315 per semester).

Tuition or maintenance award
Tuition and maintenance.

Applicants should submit their application to the co-supervisors by 23 May 2022. Please send your application to Dr Tobias Bolch (St Andrews) and Professor Lothar Schrott (Bonn) at the following email addresses:

Your application should include the following:

  • Statement why you are the right candidate for the project (max. 600 words)
  • CV

Please indicate in your application that you wish to be considered for this Global PhD Scholarship St Andrews and Bonn (reference Bolch-Schrott).

Terms and conditions of scholarships for St Andrews can be found here:
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Should you have any general questions regarding the scholarship please contact:
pgscholarships@st-andrews.ac.uk

Submission deadline: March 31, 2022

If beginning at the University of Bonn, the student may start their degree at any point in the academic year 2022–2023 prior to a final entry date of 27 May 2023. Entry points for students beginning at St Andrews are, 27 August, 27 September, 27 October, 27 January or 27 May.

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You will be notified of the outcome of your application by 31 April 2022. Awards are subject to final signatures of contractual relationships between the parties, and are not an indication of admission to the doctoral programme. Successful scholarship applicants must apply to both institutions and meet all relevant entry requirements for admission including any immigration requirements that may be in place.

Next steps
Once notified, successful candidates should proceed to fulfil the application requirements for each University and must meet all normal entry requirements for admission – please see the advice on applying for research degree programmes. Applications should indicate that the applicant is the recipient of a Global PhD Scholarship St Andrews and Bonn (reference Bolch-Schrott).


Project

Home Futures; a study of healthcare anticipation in Germany and the UK

Home is a well-established area of geographical scholarship (Brickell 2012, Blunt & Dowling 2006, Ellsworth-Krebs et al., 2015, Gibas 2019, Reid et al., 2010); a theoretical concept and an experience, loaded with desirable, problematic, complex and multiple dimensions. Home is central to quotidian experiences, imagined and real, is simultaneously where we spend time, and think about spending time in the future, our ‘home-to-be’ (Gibas 2019). Critical geographies of home scholarship is rich with insight but has yet to substantively engage with smart technologies particularly new, digital, forms of Technology Enabled Care (TEC).(For complete project description see Downloads)

Funding conditions

Geographical criteria
No restrictions.

Domicile for fee status
No restrictions.

Level of study
Postgraduate Research (Doctoral).

Year of entry
2022–2023 academic year.

Additional criteria
Applicants must not already (i) hold a doctoral degree; or (ii) be matriculated for a doctoral degree at either the University of St Andrews or the University of Bonn (or another institution).

Duration of award
Up to 3.5 years. The student will be expected to spend approximately half of the award term at the University of St Andrews and half at the University of Bonn. The successful candidate will be expected to have completed the doctorate degree by the end of the award term. The award term excludes the continuation period and any extension periods.

Value of award
The funding comprises a scholarship equivalent of a full-fees award and stipend for a period of up to 3.5 years. It is expected that the student will spend half of the scholarship term at the University of St Andrews and half at the University of Bonn:

  • For the period spent at the University of St Andrews, the scholarship will comprise a full fees award and a stipend paid at the current UK Research Council rate (£15,609 each year in 2021–2022).
  • For the period spent at the University of Bonn, the scholarship will comprise a monthly maintenance grant of €1,500. The University of Bonn does not charge any tuition fees, but students must pay a so-called social contribution once per semester (currently €315 per semester).

Tuition or maintenance award
Tuition and maintenance.

Applicants should submit their application to the co-supervisors by 31 March 2022. Please send your application to Dr Louise Reid (St Andrews) and Professor Nadine Marquardt (Bonn) at the following email addresses:

Your application should include the following:

  • Statement explaining what skills and experience you bring to the project (max. 300 words)
  • Statement explaining why this topic is of interest to you (max. 300 words)
  • CV
  • 2 Academic References

Please indicate in your application that you wish to be considered for this Global PhD Scholarship St Andrews and Bonn (reference Reid-Marquardt).

Terms and conditions of scholarships for St Andrews can be found here:
Awards general terms and conditions62322222

Should you have any general questions regarding the scholarship please contact:
pgscholarships@st-andrews.ac.uk

Submission deadline: March 31, 2022

If beginning at the University of Bonn, the student may start their degree at any point in the academic year 2022–2023 prior to a final entry date of 27 May 2023. Entry points for students beginning at St Andrews are, 27 August, 27 September, 27 October, 27 January or 27 May.

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You will be notified of the outcome of your application by 31 April 2022. Awards are subject to final signatures of contractual relationships between the parties, and are not an indication of admission to the doctoral programme. Successful scholarship applicants must apply to both institutions and meet all relevant entry requirements for admission including any immigration requirements that may be in place.

Next steps
Once notified, successful candidates should proceed to fulfil the application requirements for each University and must meet all normal entry requirements for admission – please see the advice on applying for research degree programmes. Applications should indicate that the applicant is the recipient of a Global PhD Scholarship St Andrews and Bonn (reference Reid-Marquardt).


Project

The descending control of behaviour

Our ability to move in a controlled and directed manner allows us to look for food, escape predators, and find mates. These movements are specific sequences of contractions in muscles that are the result of the interplay between neurons in the brain and the spinal cord. Defects in these pathways underlie common neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and cerebral palsy. Over a century of work has focused mostly on how the many cells in the spinal cord produce locomotion, revealing much about how the muscles within each limb are contracted during these movements. (For complete project description see Downloads)

Funding conditions

Geographical criteria
No restrictions.

Domicile for fee status
No restrictions.

Level of study
Postgraduate Research (Doctoral).

Year of entry
2022–2023 academic year.

Additional criteria
Applicants must not already (i) hold a doctoral degree; or (ii) be matriculated for a doctoral degree at either the University of St Andrews or the University of Bonn (or another institution).

Duration of award
Up to 3.5 years. The student will be expected to spend approximately half of the award term at the University of St Andrews and half at the University of Bonn. The successful candidate will be expected to have completed the doctorate degree by the end of the award term. The award term excludes the continuation period and any extension periods.

Value of award
The funding comprises a scholarship equivalent of a full-fees award and stipend for a period of up to 3.5 years. It is expected that the student will spend half of the scholarship term at the University of St Andrews and half at the University of Bonn:

  • For the period spent at the University of St Andrews, the scholarship will comprise a full fees award and a stipend paid at the current UK Research Council rate (£15,609 each year in 2021–2022).
  • For the period spent at the University of Bonn, the scholarship will comprise a monthly maintenance grant of €1,500. The University of Bonn does not charge any tuition fees, but students must pay a so-called social contribution once per semester (currently €315 per semester).

Tuition or maintenance award
Tuition and maintenance.

Applicants should submit their application to the co-supervisors by 31 March 2022. Please send your application to Dr Maarten Zwart (St Andrews) and Professor Michael Pankratz (Bonn) at the following email addresses:

Your application should include the following:

  • Statement on why you are the right candidate for the project (max. 1 A4)
  • CV
  • 2 or 3 references

Please indicate in your application that you wish to be considered for this Global PhD Scholarship St Andrews and Bonn (reference Zwart-Pankratz).

Terms and conditions of scholarships for St Andrews can be found here:
Awards general terms and conditions62322222

Should you have any general questions regarding the scholarship please contact:
pgscholarships@st-andrews.ac.uk

Submission deadline: April 30, 2022

If beginning at the University of Bonn, the student may start their degree at any point in the academic year 2022–2023 prior to a final entry date of 27 May 2023. Entry points for students beginning at St Andrews are, 27 August, 27 September, 27 October, 27 January or 27 May.

Aufklapp-Text

You will be notified of the outcome of your application by 31 April 2022. Awards are subject to final signatures of contractual relationships between the parties, and are not an indication of admission to the doctoral programme. Successful scholarship applicants must apply to both institutions and meet all relevant entry requirements for admission including any immigration requirements that may be in place.

Next steps
Once notified, successful candidates should proceed to fulfil the application requirements for each University and must meet all normal entry requirements for admission – please see the advice on applying for research degree programmes. Applications should indicate that the applicant is the recipient of a Global PhD Scholarship St Andrews and Bonn (reference Zwart-Pankratz).


Project

Re-Imagining the Public Sphere on the German Stage, 1760–1815

This doctoral project will investigate the role of the theatre in the development of the public sphere in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Germany (and forms part of our wider on-going investigation into the role of literature, the performing arts, and visual cultures in the development of the public sphere between 1760 and 1815). Both of the ground-breaking studies that trace the emergence of the modern public sphere – Reinhart Koselleck’s Critique and Crisis (1959) and Jürgen Habermas’s Structural Change of the Public Sphere (1962) – trace the start of a process of disintegration back to the early 19th century. (For complete project description see Downloads)

Funding conditions

Geographical criteria
No restrictions.

Domicile for fee status
No restrictions.

Level of study
Postgraduate Research (Doctoral).

Year of entry
2022–2023 academic year.

Additional criteria
Applicants must not already (i) hold a doctoral degree; or (ii) be matriculated for a doctoral degree at either the University of St Andrews or the University of Bonn (or another institution).

Duration of award
Up to 3.5 years. The student will be expected to spend approximately half of the award term at the University of St Andrews and half at the University of Bonn. The successful candidate will be expected to have completed the doctorate degree by the end of the award term. The award term excludes the continuation period and any extension periods.

Value of award
The funding comprises a scholarship equivalent of a full-fees award and stipend for a period of up to 3.5 years. It is expected that the student will spend half of the scholarship term at the University of St Andrews and half at the University of Bonn:

  • For the period spent at the University of St Andrews, the scholarship will comprise a full fees award and a stipend paid at the current UK Research Council rate (£15,609 each year in 2021–2022).
  • For the period spent at the University of Bonn, the scholarship will comprise a monthly maintenance grant of €1,500. The University of Bonn does not charge any tuition fees, but students must pay a so-called social contribution once per semester (currently €315 per semester).

Tuition or maintenance award
Tuition and maintenance.

Applicants should submit their application to the co-supervisors by 31 March 2022. Please send your application to Professor Seán Allan (St Andrews) and Professor Christan Moser (Bonn) at the following email addresses:

Your application should include the following:

  • Statement why you are the right candidate for the project (max. 750 words)
  • More specific project proposal
  • CV

Please indicate in your application that you wish to be considered for this Global PhD Scholarship St Andrews and Bonn (reference Allan-Moser).

Terms and conditions of scholarships for St Andrews can be found here:
Awards general terms and conditions62322222

Should you have any general questions regarding the scholarship please contact:
pgscholarships@st-andrews.ac.uk

Submission deadline: April 30, 2022

If beginning at the University of Bonn, the student may start their degree at any point in the academic year 2022–2023 prior to a final entry date of 27 May 2023. Entry points for students beginning at St Andrews are, 27 August, 27 September, 27 October, 27 January or 27 May.

Aufklapp-Text

You will be notified of the outcome of your application by 31 April 2022. Awards are subject to final signatures of contractual relationships between the parties, and are not an indication of admission to the doctoral programme. Successful scholarship applicants must apply to both institutions and meet all relevant entry requirements for admission including any immigration requirements that may be in place.

Next steps
Once notified, successful candidates should proceed to fulfil the application requirements for each University and must meet all normal entry requirements for admission – please see the advice on applying for research degree programmes. Applications should indicate that the applicant is the recipient of a Global PhD Scholarship St Andrews and Bonn (reference Allan-Moser).


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Doctoral Research at St Andrews

As a doctoral student at the University of St Andrews you will be part of a growing, vibrant, and intellectually stimulating postgraduate community. St Andrews is one of the leading research-intensive universities in the world and offers a postgraduate experience of remarkable richness.

St Leonard’s Postgraduate College is at the heart of the postgraduate community of St Andrews. The College supports all postgraduates and aims to provide opportunities for postgraduates to come together, socially and intellectually, and make new connections.

St Leonard’s Postgraduate College works closely with the Postgraduate Society which is one of the most active societies within the Students’ Association. All doctoral students are automatically welcomed into the Postgraduate Society when they join the University.

In addition to the research training that doctoral students complete in their home School, doctoral students at St Andrews have access to GRADskills – a free, comprehensive training programme to support their academic, professional, and personal development.

Doctoral Research at the University of Bonn

As a doctoral student at the University of Bonn you will be part of a vibrant and intellectually stimulating academic community. The University of Bonn is one of the leading research-intensive universities in the world. It is one of only 11 German Universities of Excellence and the only German university with six Clusters of Excellence.

In addition to the research training that doctoral students complete in their home Department, doctoral students at the University of Bonn have access to the Bonn Graduate Center, which is the central service department for doctoral candidates. It offers guidance on training and funding opportunities and offers a free and comprehensive training programme to support their academic, professional, and personal development.


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