The Hydro Nation Scholars Programme is part of the Scottish Government's Hydro Nation strategy. The objective of the strategy is to develop the economic, environmental and social value of Scotland's water resources. The Hydro Nation Scholars play an important role in supporting this by:
- developing understanding of how and where best to develop the value of Scotland's water resources
- focusing on enhancing Scottish capacity in areas of existing research excellence
- providing new research and insights where there are gaps related to water resources in Scotland.
The Programme and the associated graduate school will be managed on behalf of the Scottish Government by the Hydro Nation Scholars Executive Group (HNSEG), drawing on its Scotland-wide water policy, industry, and academic network.
The Hydro Nation Scholars Programme is an open competition for project topics and then for PhD Scholars to undertake approved projects, hosted within Scottish Universities and Research Institutes.
Full funding is available from the Scottish Government (to host institutions via the Scottish Funding Council) for up to 7 PhD scholarships. Two of these may be awarded to "overseas" Scholars. Home and overseas Scholars are defined according to a Scholar's status for University admissions. The funding available will be in line with the Research Councils UK doctoral stipend levels and indicative fees. Currently these are:
- National Minimum Doctoral Stipend for 2017/18 is £14,553
- Research Councils UK Indicative Fee Level for 2016/17 is £4,195
- Overseas Indicative Fee Level is £18,400
Supervisors will be allocated £2,500 per annum for Travel and Subsistence and all fees and stipend will be covered. Scholars will be funded for 4 years.
Scholars will benefit from specialised programmes provided under the auspices of the Hydro Nation Graduate School.
There are currently no projects available for applications.