ELRC Doctoral Scholars

PhD Studies

The Rhodes University Education Department and Environmental Learning Research Centre (ELRC) offers opportunities for Doctoral Study in Environment and Sustainability Education.
The doctoral research programme contributes knowledge on learning, sustainability and social and education system change. The doctoral research programme is led by the Chair of Environment and Sustainability Education.
Between 10 and 15 scholars are registered in this programme at any one time. Scholars engage in a variety of research projects, including research in community and youth education contexts, workplace learning contexts, schools, colleges and universities. Research includes both micro-level studies, and wider system-oriented studies.
Contexts for doctoral studies in environment and sustainability education include, for example:
  • social learning in the water sector, climate and global change education,
  • sustainable agriculture education and extension,
  • community-based natural resource management education,
  • education and training for a green economy; and
  • improved human capacity development in the biodiversity sector

Doctoral researchers are supported through regular Doctoral weeks (three times per annum), regular seminars, high quality supervision and support, electronically accessible library resources and access to significant knowledge networks. Doctoral researchers can study either fulltime or part-time. Excellent facilities exist for full-time doctoral researchers at the ELRC.
Online applications

Visit https://ross.ru.ac.za/. Select Admission (not yet enrolled) and follow the prompts. This degree is registered under the Department of Education. 
In addition to the general requirements your application should be accompanied by:
1. Full transcripts of previous degrees (unless they are Rhodes University degrees). Applicants with qualifications from outside of South Africa must obtain confirmation of equivalence from SAQA. If the transcript from your latest qualification does not include a comment on ‘conduct’, you will need to submit a separate certificate of conduct from the institution.
2. An abridged CV, highlighting the areas that are of relevance to your studies, including publications and conferences attended.
3. A proposal concept (5-8 pages) with a motivation for your proposed research drawing on relevant academic literature. This concept paper should articulate your proposed research questions, and situate these in a proposed field of study relevant to education, and should be professionally referenced. This need not contain information on the methodology of the proposed study.

After receiving your application from the Registrar’s division, the Faculty will decide whether it has the capacity to provide you with appropriate supervision. If the decision is favourable you may be called to a personal interview with your potential supervisor(s)  (such interviews can be conducted online). The interview will focus on your research interest. Should you have been in discussion with a prospective supervisor before the application is submitted, please indicate the name of the supervisor on your application as this will facilitate internal processing of the application.

Based on the process above, you will be informed if you are accepted for PhD studies. 

Please also visit the Department of Education's webpage detailing the PhD application process. 

Last Modified: Fri, 26 May 2023 12:22:25 SAST