British Council Scotland SGSAH EARTH Scholarships 2023

Deadline: 7th of November, 2022

The SGSAH EARTH Scholarships program, funded by the British Council in Scotland, facilitates cross-border research collaborations between Ph.D. and Early Career Researchers, Scottish Higher Education Institutions, academic mentors residing in Scotland, and external organizations. Its emphasis is on interdisciplinary linkages between environmental humanities and arts.

The main objective of the program is to draw attention to the interventions and contributions made by the humanities, arts, and cultural studies disciplines in addressing the climate emergency as well as their capacity for interdisciplinary research in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) contexts. The initiative will promote possibilities for international research and mobility that will assist create and support new ways for addressing the world’s climate besides fostering sustainable research and cultural exchanges inside and outside the arts, humanities, and cultural sectors.

The EARTH Scholarships will make use of the three geographically and thematically divided Clusters, which will provide research assignments, chances for researcher training and development, and support cohort training in April 2023. Using the Clusters, you can:

  • Greater understanding of and study of environmental humanities and artistic disciplines in Scotland.
  • Interdisciplinary work in and outside the humanities and arts (STEAM).
  • Excursions and interactions with academics, professionals, and practitioners.
  • Access to organizations, resources, knowledge, and experience in the arts and culture sector in many geographic locations, including urban and rural areas.


  • The program is for Ph.D. and early career researchers (ECRs) working in the environmental arts and humanities who are registered at or graduated from any non-UK institution to travel to Scotland in 2023 to work with a mentor and use the networks and resources of a host HEI (Higher Education Institute).
  • All candidates must be either enrolled in or have already completed a Ph.D. program in an area generally considered to be in the arts and humanities. The AHRC provides more information on these topics. Additionally, research projects must address issues in the arts and humanities. For all multidisciplinary PhDs, the arts and humanities must account for at least 50% of the project. The program actively encourages research project submissions using interdisciplinarity methods outside of the Arts & Humanities.
  • For the Program, ECRs must be within one year after receiving notice that their Ph.D. was awarded (in rare cases, this deadline may be extended to two years).

The SGSAH HEIs are:

  • Abertay University
  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • The Glasgow School of Art
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • Queen Margaret University
  • Robert Gordon University
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Dundee
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of St Andrews
  • University of Stirling
  • University of Strathclyde
  • University of the Highlands & Islands
  • The University of the West of Scotland

How to Apply?

Applicant must submit:

  • A complete study proposal and information on how your participation in cohort-building, training, and development activities within the Cluster will benefit you.
  • A spending plan and resource justifications.
  • A CV (up to 4pp).
  • a letter of recommendation from your Ph.D. advisor (up to 2pp).
  • A letter of endorsement from the intended host institution’s head of department (or a comparable representative) (up to 2pp).

Applications submitted after the deadline will only be considered if there has been a demonstrable breakdown in the operating processes of SGSAH. Please be aware that SGSAH will not accept applications submitted beyond the deadline if the applicant’s systems fail (e.g., internet connection failure). They highly suggest that candidates finish the application procedure 48 hours before the deadline.

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Oyin Olufayo

Oyin Olufayo is a Sustainable Development Goals Advocate. A recent graduate of The School of Politics, Policy, and Governance (SPPG) She is a Technical Writer, Political Writer, and a Content Writer. Her passion for sustainable development goals has been implemented by creating tangible solutions. She has featured in grassroots initiatives like TedX, World Literacy Foundation, Spur Nation Media, FRCN, Naija Law and etc. spreading the impact of Sustainable education, and also facilitated numerous events regarding SDGs.

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