The Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures is a collaboration between the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment and The University of Sheffield.

We work with experts from academia, business and policy to create a sustainable future. And a key part of this is mentoring the next generation of sustainability researchers.

Do you have a PhD student at the University of Sheffield who could be a Grantham Scholar? Find out how to apply, what we offer, and what to expect.

The Grantham Scholars

Experts from science, social science, engineering, arts & humanities and medicine come together at the Grantham Centre. As a result, we have a uniquely multidisciplinary team. These experts supervise the 70 PhD students funded by the Grantham Centre – these are the Grantham Scholars.

In order to foster a broad-minded approach to sustainability problems, each Scholar has supervisors from at least 2 different disciplines. And because we want the Grantham Scholars to be the sustainability leaders of tomorrow, we also provide a special training program.

This training equips them with the necessary skills to engage with all areas of sustainability work. For example, the Grantham Scholars learn how to be expert activists, engage with policy makers and collaborate with industry.


Additional to the research of the Grantham Scholars, we have set up dedicated research projects that address the most pressing environmental problems.

For example, we are tackling the plastic pollution crisis with Plastics: Redefining Single-Use. For this project we have gathered a team of world-class experts. From chemistry to psychology, our plastics team work together to create new knowledge and solve old problems. With £1 million funding from UKRI, these experts will redefine single-use plastic.


Through innovative research, public engagement and network creation we have influenced policy and industrial strategy. Additionally, the Grantham Centre has fostered several flagships of research excellence at the University of Sheffield.

Our Background

The Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures is co-funded by the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, founded by Jeremy and Hanne Grantham.

A world-renowned investment manager, Jeremy Grantham was brought up in Doncaster and graduated from the University of Sheffield with a degree in Economics in 1961. He received an Honorary Doctorate from the University in 2012 and is a strong advocate for environmental issues.

“It is crucial that scientists take more career risks and sound a more realistic, more desperate, note on the global-warming problem. Younger scientists are obsessed by thoughts of tenure, so it is probably up to older, senior and retired scientists to do the heavy lifting. Be arrested if necessary. This is not only the crisis of your lives – it is also the crisis of our species’ existence. I implore you to be brave.”

Jeremy Grantham, Nature, 2012  Reprinted by permission from Macmillan Publishers Ltd: Nature (491, 303), copyright (2012)



Research Centres

We work closely with our partner sustainability teams at TUoS. Many of the researchers behind these groups are mentors to Grantham Scholars.