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British Council Scotland and the Scottish Graduate School of Arts & Humanities (SGSAH) established the EARTH Scholarships as part of the legacy of COP 26 in Glasgow in 2021. The programme enables research collaboration between international researchers, Scottish universities and Scotland-based academic mentors, and external arts and culture organisations. 

EARTH Scholarships are structured around two strategic themes: the Environmental Humanities and the Creative Industries, with a focus on climate emergency themes, the interventions of the arts and cultural sector, and the legacy of COP26. They support PhD and Early Career Researchers based outside the UK to come to Scotland to undertake in-person and hybrid exchanges for up to 3 months.  

The 2023 cohort involved scholars from South Africa, Netherlands, Switzerland, Pakistan, Finland, Norway, India, Canada, USA, New Zealand, Australia and Mexico. 

Contribution to knowledge 

Research themes to date have included:  

  • Media coverage & plastics pollution 

  • Placemaking practices & marine governance 

  • Human – seal relationship & climate crisis conversations 

  • Culture & ecological history – literature & performing arts 

  • Wetlands & impact of human activity 

  • Historical social movements & current Climate Justice action 

  • Cultural & environmental impact of using digital tech in mining sites 

  • Relationships between works and environmentalists 

  • Monsoon uncertainties exacerbates socioeconomic vulnerabilities 

  • Exploring indigenous agroecological practices 

The research placements include an in-person two-week cohort-building leadership programme where all recipients come together alongside Scotland-based scholars to network and collaborate. 

Contribution to climate action 

The programme supports international research mobility to develop new approaches to the global challenge of climate crisis. It promotes, in particular, the capacity of the arts and humanities and the cultural sector for interdisciplinary climate research within STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) contexts. 


The Scottish Graduate School of Arts & Humanities (SGSAH) with numerous Arts sector partners. Proposed partners for 2024 include: Creative Carbon Scotland, Little Sparta, RBGE, Fife Contemporary, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, The Barn, The Scottish Poetry Library, Hospitalfield, Cove Park, Talbot Rice Gallery, BBC Scotland, The Hunterian Museum, Creative Scotland, Creative Carbon Scotland, Fife Contemporary, the Scottish Council on Global Affairs, and Zero Waste Scotland. 

Find out more

Discover more about the 2023 EARTH Scholars on the SGSAH website


Norah Campbell, Head of Arts, British Council Scotland: