Funded Ph.D. Scholarship- Ultra-low water usage sanitation systems

Scholarship Opportunities
United Kingdom
Posted 3 years ago

The proposed Funded Ph.D. Scholarship project directly addresses Goal 6 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG): ensure adequate water and sanitation for all, and specifically focuses on ultra-low water usage sanitation provision at scale.

The extent of the challenge is immense and the proposed research will concentrate on one element of ongoing research to adopt a building drainage modeling approach to simplified sewerage design in developing countries. The approach incorporates design, optimization, and assessment of the risk of failure of low-cost small bore simplified sewerage systems using multiple methodologies to provide a design specific to a village level installation.

The Funded Ph.D. Scholarship study will focus on modeling ultra-low water usage sanitation systems. The work will focus on a combination of 1-D finite difference fluid flow modeling and 3-D Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Solid Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) to optimize design methodologies.

Institution of Study: Hariot Watt University

Nationality Eligible: All Nationalities

Eligibility: Applicants should have a first-class honors degree or a 2.1 honors degree plus Masters (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, e.g. Building Services Engineering, Civil Engineering, or other numerate disciplines.

Candidates with qualifications in microbiology with a good engineering aptitude may also be considered. The scholarship will be awarded by competitive merit, taking into account the academic ability of the applicant.

Scholarships offer: The scholarship will cover tuition fees and provide an annual stipend of approximately £14,500 for the 36-month duration of the project.

Application Requirements:

  • Please complete our online application form. Please select Ph.D. programme Construction within the application and include the project reference, title, and supervisor on your application.
  • Please also provide a written proposal, at least one side of A4, outlining how you would approach the research project.
  • You will also be required to upload a CV, a copy of your degree certificate and relevant transcripts and one academic reference.
  • You must also provide proof of your ability in the English language (if English is not your mother tongue or if you have not already studied for a degree that was taught in English).
  • You must also provide IELTS certificate showing an overall score of at least 6.5 with no component scoring less than 6.0 or a TOEFL certificate with a minimum score of 90 points.


Informal inquiries should be directed to the primary supervisor, Dr. Michael Gormley, at

Application Deadline: 23rd February 2018

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