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SMMI Understanding Maritime Futures Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarships - Closing date for proposals - 16th February, 2015

Published: 21 January 2015

The Leverhulme Trust has awarded Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute 15 fully-funded PhD grants, with the first 5 scholarships to commence in October 2015. The scholarships will be funded for 3 years at RCUK levels and each will include full-time UK/EU fees. The focus of the scheme is on matching the best possible candidates to the most innovative and interesting projects.

SMMI Understanding Maritime Futures Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholars will address key global issues such as such as access to resources, safety and security, the effects of rising sea levels, technical advancements and autonomy, our responses to natural and human disasters, the impacts on people, and the ways people living by and from the sea understand their experiences and cultural heritage. The vision for the programme is to develop transdisciplinary thought leaders and researchers who have a unique human-centred approach to understanding, living, and working with the sea. The programme aims to facilitate a different, more creative and holistic way of problem solving to address marine and maritime societal challenges.

The programme particularly encourages projects that:

  • propose a transdisciplinary approach to tackle an important societal challenge in the marine and maritime realm;
  • are useful in informing national and international decision makers from government, business and civil society;
  • have direct benefit to marine/maritime stakeholders such as port authorities, aid and/or government agencies, businesses, seafarers and coastal communities;
  • challenge public understanding and/or capture the public imagination

SMMI members are invited to propose transdisciplinary projects that tackle major maritime issues (Colleagues can request to become members of SMMI by contacting It is expected that the cohort of PhD students will provide the core of an expanding and integrated knowledge basis which will assist with the pressing maritime issues of the future. The enduring legacy of Leverhulme Trust investment in our PhD graduates will be a new type of highly employable research leader.

The application process has two stages.

Stage 1: Provisional Selection of Projects. The Maritime Futures LTDS Steering Committee, led by Prof. Damon Teagle, will shortlist projects to be taken forward to Stage 2.

Stage 2: Recruitment of Candidates and Final Selection of Projects.

Please see the attached form for further guidance and the application form. Note that this PhDs are in addition to the usual SMMI Partial PhD studentships.

Should you require further information please contact:

Professor Damon Teagle  or Professor Claire Jowitt

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