Deadline: 15 Feb 2024

Published: 29 Jan 2024

Contact: Dr Charlotte Hopkins

The University of Hull, UK, have an open PhD Scholarship on 'Cultural Geographies of Ocean Literate Citizens'.

Ocean Literacy is understanding our individual and collective impact on the ocean, and how the ocean in turn impacts our lives and wellbeing. Diverse historical and cultural contexts provide examples of communities that are deeply engaged with the ocean. Engaging these perspectives to enrich the Ocean Literacy concept beyond an understanding of marine science is critically needed to promote inclusivity in the current dialogue, amplify marginalised voices and transform our collective awareness of the human-ocean relationship.

This PhD will explore examples from a range of historical and cultural contexts to provide insights for contemporary implementation of Ocean Literacy agendas.

The successful applicant will receive a fee waiver and a maintenance grant / stipend for three years (full-time) or six years (part-time), which covers the research period of the PhD. The fee waiver for 23/24 is £4712 (Home fee) and the maintenance grant is £18622 per annum. This rises each year in line with the UKRI’s recommended stipend allowance.

Submission of Thesis:

Submission of your final thesis for is expected within three years which is the end of the funded research period of the scholarship for full time and within six years if studying part-time. However there is a permitted thesis finalisation period which is unfunded.

Research Training:

As a PhD student at the University of Hull you will undertake the Postgraduate Training Scheme alongside your main degree, to help you develop the research skills and knowledge you will need in your future career. You will gain an additional Certificate or Diploma in Research Training in additional to your PhD.

Eligibility and Entry Requirements:

Applicants should have a minimum 2:1 degree in a marine, marine history, human geography or a related subject. A Masters degree (taught MSc or Masters by Research) in a related subject, relevant training in social science and/or archival research methods will be advantageous. The PhD will likely contain data collection from human participants and therefore any research experience in this area would be favourable.