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Funded PhD Opportunity

Maritime Cultural Heritage and Sustainability in East Africa

This project is funded by: VCRS

Subject: Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology


As part of the Global Challenges Research Fund/Arts and Humanities Research Council project titled, Rising from the Depths: Utilising Marine Cultural Heritage in East Africa to help Sustainable Social, Economic, and Cultural Benefits, Ulster University is offering a fully-funded PhD studentship in Maritime Cultural Heritage and Sustainability in coastal eastern Africa.

The studentship is to be held in the School of Geography and Environmental Sciences. The PhD research will explore an aspect of heritage, sustainability, conflict and development in this region, but should contribute to the overall research agenda of the project. It should also draw on the strengths of the School at Ulster.

This is an international studentship for suitably qualified applicants from Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar. Rising from the Depths seeks to explore the marine cultural heritage of eastern Africa, and to conduct challenge-led research that can stimulate ethical, inclusive and sustainable economic growth. Applicants are strongly encouraged to look at the details of the project at our website:

Essential criteria

  • Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree or equivalent from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed to be equivalent via UK NARIC)
  • A comprehensive and articulate personal statement

Desirable Criteria

If the University receives a large number of applicants for the project, the following desirable criteria may be applied to shortlist applicants for interview.

  • Masters at 65%
  • Research project completion within taught Masters degree or MRES
  • Practice-based research experience and/or dissemination
  • Work experience relevant to the proposed project
  • Experience of presentation of research findings


This project is funded by: VCRS

The scholarships will cover tuition fees and a maintenance award of £14,777 per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance).

Other information

The Doctoral College at Ulster University


Completing the MRes provided me with a lot of different skills, particularly in research methods and lab skills.

Michelle Clements Clements - MRes - Life and Health Sciences

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I would highly recommend Ulster University as you get so much support.  Coleraine is a beautiful town and the people are so friendly. It was a really positive experience.

Carin Cornwall - PhD Environmental Sciences

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Key dates

Submission deadline
Wednesday 14 November 2018

Interview Date
17 December 2018


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Contact supervisor

Dr Colin Breen

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