The SGSAH EARTH Scholarships program is run by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities (SGSAH) and funded by the British Council. It aims to facilitate cross-border research collaborations between PhD and Early Career Researchers, Scottish Higher Education Institutions, academic mentors based in Scotland, and external organizations, with a particular emphasis on environmental arts and humanities and their interdisciplinary connections.
The program’s overarching goal is to highlight the environmental humanities, arts, and cultural sectors’ contributions to the climate emergency as well as their capacity for multidisciplinary study in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) contexts. In addition to supporting sustainable research and cultural exchanges within and outside the arts, humanities, and cultural sectors, the program will create research opportunities and promote international mobility that will help develop and support new approaches to deal with the global challenge of the climate crisis.
The principles of this programme build on SGSAH’s Internationalisation ambitions and actions, align with SGSAH’s GREEN/GRADUATE Strategy and Operational Plan, and with the British Council’s Climate Connections legacy programme. The programme will be structured around two of SGSAH’s strategic themes and priority areas; the Environmental Humanities and Creative Industries/Economies, with a focus on climate emergency themes, the interventions of the arts and cultural sector, and the legacy of COP26, held in Glasgow in 2021. The programme will enrich collaborations between Scottish and international HEIs, building on SGSAH’s Global Connects programmes, and the SFC Saltire Emerging Researcher scheme.
The programme will provide scholarships for PhD and Early Career Researchers based outside the UK to come to Scotland to undertake in-person and hybrid exchanges for up to 3 months in 2023, in the area of environmental arts and humanities. The research placements will include an in-person 2-week cohort-building core leadership programme where all recipients will come together alongside Scotland-based scholars to network and collaborate in April 2023, supported by a set of thematically and geographically oriented Clusters.
- Open to PhD and early career researchers (ECRs) registered at or graduated from any non-UK university who are working within the environmental arts and humanities to come to Scotland to work with an academic mentor and access networks and resources of a host HEI (Higher Education Institute) in 2023.
- All applicants must be currently registered for a PhD, or graduated with a PhD, which broadly falls under Arts & Humanities subject areas. These subject areas are detailed by the AHRC. Research proposals must also fall into Arts & Humanities subject areas. For any interdisciplinary PhDs, at least 50% of the project must fall within Arts & Humanities disciplines. The programme strongly encourages research project proposals that have interdisciplinarity approaches beyond the Arts & Humanities.
- For the purposes of the Programme, ECRs must be within 1 year of notification of award of their PhD (under exceptional circumstances this can be extended to 2 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
- University of the West of Scotland
Applicant must submit:
- A full research proposal; and details of how you will benefit from Cluster membership, cohort-building, training and development activities
- A budget and justification of resources
- A CV (up to 4pp)
- A letter of support from your PhD supervisor (up to 2pp)
- A letter of support from the proposed Host Institution (Head of Department or equivalent) (up to 2pp)
Late applications will only be considered where there is evidenced breakdown in SGSAH’s operational systems and where such system failures have made submission by the deadline impossible. Note that SGSAH will not accept late applications where there has been a system failure at the applicant’s end (e.g failure of internet connection). For this reason, they strongly advise applicants to complete the application process at least 48 hours in advance of the deadline.