Opportunities

We are recruiting Grantham Scholars who combine outstanding intellect with a strong commitment to public engagement, leadership and action. If these principles match your ambitions, you are invited to apply for one of our interdisciplinary PhD research projects to help solve the challenges of sustainability.

You will be supported by the Grantham Centre through a unique training programme, designed to equip you with the skills to become a policy advocate and leader in sustainability matters. Projects are fully funded for four years, starting in Autumn 2017.

You can apply online using the University of Sheffield’s online application form. In the online application process please select ‘standard PhD’ not DTC option. Your application should be accompanied by a CV and a 200 word supporting statement. Your statement should outline your aspirations and motivation for studying in the Grantham Centre, outlining any relevant experience.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Deadline: Various – see individual project for details

Funding notes: Most of our PhD projects will be fully funded at Home/EU or international rates, but you should check the funding notes on the webpage for any individual project you are interested in, as there are some exceptions. Unless otherwise stated, support for travel and consumables (RTSG) will also be made available at standard rate of £2,627 per annum, with an additional one-off allowance of £1,000 for a computer in the first year, and students will receive an annual stipend of £17,336.

Current PhD opportunities

Advanced nanoporous materials for water purification
Lead supervisor: Dr Marco Conte, Chemistry
Co-supervisor(s): Professor Kirill Horoshenkov, Mechanical Engineering; Dr Rino Mukti, Bandung Institute of Technology; Dr Veinardi Suendo, Bandung Institute of Technology
Deadline: Friday 10 March 2017

Designing high performance algal-bacterial consortia for clean up of industrial wastes
Lead supervisor: Dr Jags Pandhal, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Co-supervisor(s):
Dr Jim Gilmour, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology; Professor Will Zimmerman, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Deadline: Thursday 30 March 2017

Developing Earth-abundant photocatalysts for artificial photosynthesis: from ultrafast electron transfer to solar fuels
Lead supervisor: Professor Julia Weinstein, Chemistry
Deadline: Friday 10 March 2017

Exploring the implementation of an accounting and engagement framework for extinction prevention
Lead supervisor: Professor Jill Atkins, Management School
Co-supervisor(s): Dr Robert McKay, English
Deadline: Thursday 23 March 2017

Fully integrated EV energy storage using transport infrastructure
Lead supervisor: Professor David Stone, Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Co-supervisor(s): Dr Erica Ballantyne, Management School
Deadline: Monday 6 March 2017

Pushing electrons: How does nature make it work in natural two-dimensional solar cells?
Lead supervisor: Dr Matt Johnson, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Co-supervisor(s): Professor Neil Hunter, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology; Dr Mark Dickman, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Deadline: Thursday 9 March 2017

Expired PhD opportunities

The deadline for these projects has now passed.

Bioavailability of heavy metals to urban agricultural food and biofuel crops and their remediation potential
Lead supervisor: Dr Jill Edmondson, Animal and Plant Sciences
Co-supervisor(s): Dr Manoj Menon, Geography; Dr Janice Lake, Animal and Plant Sciences

Catalytic routes to transform organic waste to valuable chemicals
Lead supervisor: Dr James McGregor, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Co-supervisor(s): Dr Marco Conte, Chemistry; Dr Nick Taylor-Buck, Urban Institute

Improving carbon uptake in soils by designing ‘carbon fertilisers’: Computational and experimental study
Lead supervisor: Dr Natalia Martsinovich, Chemistry
Co-supervisor(s): Dr María Romero-González, Geography

Improving sustainability of quantitative disease resistance against plant disease: a project to understand and counter host adaptation by downy mildew
Lead supervisor: Professor Jurriaan Ton, Animal and Plant Sciences
Co-supervisor(s): Professor Michael Brockhurst, Animal and Plant Sciences; Dr Joost Stassen, Animal and Plant Sciences

Knowing soils, strengthening rural livelihoods: What role for information and communication technologies in Tanzania’s small-scale agriculture?
Lead supervisor: Professor Dorothea Kleine, Sheffield Institute for International Development
Co-supervisor(s): Dr Anna Krzywoszynska, Geography; Professor Dan Brockington, Sheffield Institute for International Development

Measuring resource use in informal settlements in developing countries
Lead supervisor: Dr Danielle Densley Tingley, Civil and Structural Engineering
Co-supervisor(s): Dr Seth Schindler, Geography

Minimising ecological and social externalities in tropical crop expansion
Lead supervisor: Dr David Edwards, Animal and Plant Sciences
Co-supervisor(s): Dr Sanjay Lanka, Management School; Martin Hollands, BirdLife International

Promoting circular economy in agri-food supply chains
Lead supervisor: Dr Andrea Genovese, Management School
Co-supervisor(s): Dr Sonal Choudhary, Management School

Rice, rocks and the parasitic weed Striga: Increasing sustainable cereal production and protection in sub-Saharan Africa
Lead supervisor: Professor Julie Scholes, Animal and Plant Sciences
Co-supervisor(s): Professor David Beerling, Animal and Plant Sciences; Professor Jurriaan Ton, Animal and Plant Sciences; Dr Mathias Lorieux, International Center for Tropical Agriculture

Sustainable diets and state policy: Balancing the promotion of sustainable diets against individual and group freedoms
Lead supervisor: Dr Alasdair Cochrane, Politics
Co-supervisor(s): Dr Chris Bennett, Philosophy

Sustainable rural electrification in the developing world using microgrid integration of biogas and other renewable energy sources: A study of the engineering and behavioural challenges, and human/technology interaction
Lead supervisor: Professor Mohamed Pourkashanian, Mechanical Engineering
Co-supervisor(s): Dr George Konstantopoulos, Automatic Control and Systems Engineering; Dr Christopher Jones, Psychology; Dr Mark Walker, Mechanical Engineering; Professor Shibani Chaudhury, Department of Environmental Studies, Visva Bharati University

The green economy, resource governance and pastoralism: Transforming livelihoods and institutional landscapes
Lead supervisor: Professor Frances Cleaver, Geography
Co-supervisor(s): Professor Dan Brockington, Sheffield Institute for international Development; Faustin Maganga, Institute of Resource Assessment, University of Dar es Salaam; Mike Morris, WWF

Why is the atmosphere becoming drier? The roles of atmospheric processes and vegetation feedbacks, and their implications for future climate change
Lead supervisor: Dr Julie Jones, Geography
Co-supervisor(s): Professor Colin Osborne, Animal and Plant Sciences; Dr Robert Bryant, Geography; Dr Kate Willett, Met Office