Other scholarship opportunities

Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) PhD Research Studentship on Higher Education students’ experiences of education for sustainable development (ESD) in Myanmar

Based at The Open University in Milton Keynes, UK, with field work conducted in Myanmar.

Full time – 3 years to start in April 2019

Approximate stipend of £14,777, tuition fees are covered

The project

This GCRF studentship will investigate different aspects of the overall student experience of ESD in Myanmar, both formal and informal, focusing on two main questions:

  • What are the different drivers and determinants of student attitudes and behaviours towards sustainable development (SD) within different learning contexts, contrasting full time vs. part time and campus based vs. distance based learning modes?
  • What is the overall student engagement in SD based on their knowledge and experiences of ESD in Higher Education?

The studentship is related to the Transformation by Innovation in Distance Education (TIDE) project. TIDE is both an international development and action research project funded through UK Aid (via DfID) that aims to improve the quality of higher education in Myanmar through innovation and international collaboration, focused on underpinning distance education (and developing knowledge and capacity for environmental sciences). TIDE will achieve this by building capacity for Education for Environment and Sustainable Development (EfESD), supporting Myanmar’s progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal targets.

Eligibility and Requirements

This studentship is only available to applicants who come from a country on the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list subject to the acquisition of a Tier 4 visa.

A first degree at grade 2:1 or equivalent in a relevant subject is required. A Masters degree or equivalent experience is desirable.


Please visit the following web site for further information on the application process. Please note, this is a full-time 3 year studentship and you would be required to live in the UK close to the university campus in Milton Keynes.

Please send completed applications by e-mail to STEM-El­RESEARCH@open.ac.uk. Please attach the following items to your email: (1) a 1000 word project outline explaining how you would address the research questions and how you are equipped in your educational background and expertise to conduct the research project; (2) a CV including contact details for 3 academic references; (3) an Open University application form, downloadable from the above link and (4) and IELTs English Language test score (from SELT Secure English Language test centre).

Enquiries about this studentship may be directed to Professor Andy Lane (andy.lane@open.ac.uk), Academic Director for TIDE.

Closing date: Monday 17th December 2018.  Interviews will take place in early January 2019

Equality of opportunity is fundamental to the Open University’s mission and operation.