Clockwise: EARTH Scholars Gala Morris Aphiwe Moshani | Strathclyde University |Touring Glencoe
Wednesday 24 April 2024
  • Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) and the British Council have awarded 13 EARTH Scholarships to early-career researchers from 10 countries including France, Switzerland, India, New Zealand and South Africa.
  • The scholars are currently in Scotland undertaking their exchanges and will be here for up to 3-months working at Scottish universities in environmental arts and humanities.
  • During the exchanges, recipients will come together alongside Scotland-based PhD scholars to network, collaborate, and build connections

A diverse cohort of 13 early-career researchers from 10 nations, including India, France, South Africa, and the United States, have been awarded the EARTH Scholarships by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) and the British Council.

The scholars are currently immersed in an induction with Universities across Scotland, meeting their peers and delving into the intersection of environmental arts and humanities. Over the next two weeks, the scholars are visiting key projects right across Scotland, from archaeology practice in Glencoe to engaging in artistic practice workshops at Talbot Rice gallery in Edinburgh.The EARTH Scholars will go on to collaborate with Scotland-based PhD scholars, fostering a vibrant and growing global network. In its second year, the EARTH Scholarships have been designed to confront the climate emergency from a new angle, encouraging interdisciplinary collaborations with a focus on environmental sustainability themes and the interventions of the arts and humanities.

This year their PhD research spans topics at the intersection of arts, culture, and environmental issues, from eco-archaeology and re-wilding in Scotland and around the world, to marine governance, human rights, and climate refugees, and even AI governance and environmental sustainability.

This week, the EARTH Scholars have been in Glencoe and have been sharing their excitement about the induction weeks: -

Aphiwe Moshani is a PhD candidate from South Africa based at the University of Cape Town, her research centres on ocean governance, and researching oceanic and coastal conflicts. For the next few months, she will collaborating with Scotland-based peers at the University of Strathclyde. She says:

"Being part of the Earth Scholarships Programme has been an amazing journey. Getting to tour, otherwise out-of-reach locations in the Highlands with a really thoughtful group is an experience that's opened me up to a much deeper understandings of the environment and humanity. My excitement for my research has been reignited through this opportunity!”

Gala Morris, one of the Scotland-based cohort based at the University of Glasgow is an early career archaeology scholar researching rewilding and the historic environment. She adds:

The Earth Scholarships Programme has been absolutely spectacular so far. Each member of the cohort brings such a unique perspective, and our discussions on topics across the environmental humanities have been so inspiring. The programme has been incredibly enriching, and I feel very lucky to be involved!

Professor Claire Squires Director, Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities welcomed the EARTH scholars saying: "We are thrilled to kick off the EARTH scholarships this year and to welcome this exceptional cohort of global scholars to collaborate with researchers from Scotland’s Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). By bringing together this diverse group of scholars, we can share best practices and develop culturally informed solutions through the lens of the arts and humanities”.

 Peter Brown, Director of British Council Scotland, who helped fund the programme added: " International collaboration and exchange of knowledge are crucial for tackling the global climate emergency, and we are proud to partner with SGSAH on this innovative programme. It’s great to see the scholars coming together to develop new environmental perspectives and creative interventions that will resonate across cultures and communities worldwide”.

The EARTH Scholars are here in Scotland to harness the power of arts and humanities to drive awareness, shift perceptions, and inspire solutions to global environmental challenges. The programme continues the British Council’s work building connection, understanding and trust between people in the UK and overseas. To find out more about our work in Scotland, visit us at, Twitter or Facebook.


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Notes to Editors

To read more about the EARTH Scholarships and this years global cohort head to the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities

For more images of this year’s programme check out the Dropbox

The Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) is the world’s first national graduate school in the Arts and Humanities. Its mission is to work in partnership to offer unparalleled training and support to doctoral researchers in Scotland. Its HEI members cover the whole of Scotland, from the Highlands and Islands to the Scottish Borders. Working with supporters in the arts, culture, creative and heritage sectors, SGSAH supports positive connections and productive networks locally, regionally and globally to provide outstanding opportunities for doctoral researchers in Scotland.

SGSAH is home to the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Scotland. SGSAH is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Scottish Funding Council as well as member HEIs.

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. It supports peace and prosperity by building connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and countries worldwide. We work with people in over 200 countries and territories and are on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2022-23 we reached 600 million people.