Research fellowships

Theme: Supporting research
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Blue Charter Fellowships

ACU Blue Charter Fellowships help to tackle marine pollution by supporting world-class research in marine plastics, with a particular focus on:

  • preventing plastics from getting into the sea
  • developing alternatives to plastics
  • the potential for cleaning up the seas

The fellowships, generously funded by Waitrose & Partners, form part of the Commonwealth Marine Plastics Research & Innovation Framework – a global hub which aims to share scientific and technical expertise in this vital area – and support the aims of the Commonwealth Blue Charter.

Ten talented researchers are currently undertaking placements of up to six months at ACU member universities across the Commonwealth, as well as in industry.

Applications are currently closed.

Routledge/Round Table Commonwealth Studentships

The Routledge/Round Table Commonwealth Studentships fund research projects on Commonwealth-related themes.

Proposed research must either:

  • relate to the Commonwealth as a whole or to any Commonwealth-wide institution or organisation
  • have a strong Commonwealth comparative aspect, or
  • be of relevance to a Commonwealth country other than the UK

Two studentships are available each year for study in the UK. The first is open to registered PhD students from UK universities, who are resident in the UK at the time of applying for the award, although not necessarily UK citizens.

The second is open to registered PhD students from ACU member universities anywhere in the Commonwealth, and to Chevening and Commonwealth Scholarship alumni who are PhD students at any Commonwealth university outside the UK, who wish to travel to a UK university for their period of research, before returning to complete their PhD at their home university.

The studentships are funded by The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs and the journal's publisher, Routledge, in association with the ACU.

Applications are currently closed and will re-open in 2020.

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