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London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership

The London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership Applications are invited for our PhD programme, to start in September 2023. Are you interested in helping to solve some of the most pressing issues concerning the natural environment? Are you keen to develop advanced research skills that can equip you for a wide range of future careers? For these reasons and more, you may be an ideal candidate to apply for a studentship with the London NERC DTP.

The London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership brings together eight of the world’s leading research centres in environmental science. Our partnership provides you with the opportunity for innovative doctoral training in a multidisciplinary research environment and fosters links between centres of research excellence, spanning the Natural Environment Research Council’s (NERC) environmental science remit.

PhD studentships are available across a suite of research themes:

  • Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation

  • Earth, Atmosphere & Ocean Processes

  • Environmental Hazards & Pollution

  • Environmental Physics & Mathematical Modelling

  • Evolution & Adaptation

  • Past Life & Environments

  • Solid Earth Dynamics

For a description of each theme and a regularly updated list of potential PhD projects, visit: If there aren’t any projects listed under your chosen theme do not be discouraged from applying, applicants are also encouraged to develop their own projects over the course of the first term and are not limited to the projects on the exemplar list. To get to know some of our current students and why they applied for a London NERC DTP studentship, please see here. To view our online application form and for further information about our programme and eligibility, please see:

The London NERC DTP appreciates and values difference, and we are seeking to attract, develop and retain a diverse mix of talented people from a wide range of academic backgrounds. We are committed to making Equality, Diversity and Inclusion an integral component of DTP life. We particularly welcome applications from those from minority ethnic groups, disadvantaged backgrounds or who have taken a career break.

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Thursday 5th January 2023.

All applications will be anonymised prior to evaluation. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview in February 2023.

Eligibility: NERC funding is subject to candidates meeting UKRI-NERC eligibility criteria and we also encourage eligible international applicants. There are options for part-time and flexible study.

Please direct any queries to Kate Moore at, if you should wish to arrange a call about the program/application process please do get in touch. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

If you are interested in applying for a London NERC DTP studentship to start in 2023, we are holding an informal Q&A evening webinar on 1st December 2022 from 18:00 GMT. Join us online to hear from staff and current students about their experiences and to have any queries answered about the DTP or the application process. We welcome potential applicants to submit questions beforehand.

Please register here by 30/11/22; Zoom link to be sent nearer the time.


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