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PhD Scholarships in Global Sustainable Development: Apply Now!

Applications are now open for our PhD scholarships in Global Sustainable Development (GSD) for the academic year 2022/23.

About the scholarships

The Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarships Programme, ‘TRANSFORM: Transformations of Human-Environment Interactions to Sustainable Development’, is led by the GSD Department in the School for Cross-faculty Studies.

Doctoral scholars will work on transdisciplinary projects that address a real-world sustainability challenge, under the supervision of at least two academics from different disciplines. Students will spend four years undertaking their research, joining the School’s MPhil/PhD in Global Sustainable Development.

Dr Xiaodong Lin

“TRANSFORM will cultivate a new generation of leaders and critical thinkers to engage with global challenges of sustainability through a transdisciplinary approach.”

Dr Xiaodong Lin

Director of TRANSFORM

Research themes and projects

The research will be focused on the following themes:

There are two routes for developing a project proposal when applying to the programme:

  1. Open Call Research Projects: Applicants submit their own project, approaching potential supervisors prior to application.
  2. Highlighted Thematic Projects: Applicants select from one of the highlighted research projects, led by a predefined supervision team.

Making an application

Applications close at 12 pm (GMT) on Monday 7 March 2022. Applicants must apply to study the MPhil/PhD in Global Sustainable Development before submitting their TRANSFORM funding application. Find out more about how to apply.


About the Leverhulme Trust

The Leverhulme Trust was established by the Will of William Hesketh Lever, the founder of Lever Brothers. Since 1925 the Trust has provided grants and scholarships for research and education. Today, it is one of the largest all-subject providers of research funding in the UK, currently distributing £100 million each year. For more information about the Trust, please visit and follow the Trust on Twitter @LeverhulmeTrust.