Priestley PhD Scholarships

Call for Project Proposals (October 2019 intake)

The Priestley International Centre for Climate invites University of Leeds academics to submit project proposals for the fourth cohort of the Priestley PhD scholarships starting in October 2019.

Projects should use interdisciplinary climate related research to support the Priestley Centre’s vision to deliver research to underpin robust and timely climate solutions. Proposals must involve co-supervisors from at least two schools, and where appropriate, cross-faculty collaborations are encouraged. Due to matched funding requirements, we particularly encourage colleagues from outside the Faculty of Environment to lead project proposals. Preference will be given to projects involving people who have not previously supervised a PhD student funded by a Priestley PhD scholarship.

The Priestley Centre have identified a number of strategic research areas for growth and we encourage proposals in the following areas (however these should not be seen as exclusive):

  • Climate and Health
  • Climate and Culture
  • Climate Services
  • Meeting the 1.5°C target

Criteria for assessing project proposals

1) Fit to the Priestley Centre’s vision to deliver research to underpin robust and timely climate solutions

2) Potential to develop or cement interdisciplinary collaborations

3) Potential to grow strategic or new research areas

4) Potential to deliver high quality research outputs.

We have a total of four scholarships to award. We intend to advertise up to eight projects. Scholarship awards will be made based on a combination of the highest calibre students and projects of highest strategic value (based on the criteria above). Proposals will be assessed by a panel made up Priestley Centre Management Committee members who will take into account recommendations from the proposing supervisory team as to the calibre of the student.

These scholarships are available to UK/EU students and provide a stipend at the current UKRI recommended rate and Research, Travel and Study Grant of £750 per annum for three years.


Please submit project ideas by 19 November at 12:00 to using the this form.

Image: Claire Cooper (standing), Priestley PhD researcher studying Volcanology, retrieving Icelandic lake core samples