Following the initial recruitment round, which closed on 16th March 2016, and subsequent recruitment rounds at Heriot-Watt University and the University of Exeter, one PhD position remains available at the University of Nottingham. 

The NERC CDT ethos is to appoint on merit and is committed to diversity and equality.

Duration of Studentships

The NERC CDT studentships cover a four year study period in order to accommodate the 20 weeks' doctoral training provision while still allowing the student sufficient time to complete his or her PhD thesis. Studentships are offered on a full-time basis; any request for part-time study must be addressed to the NERC CDT Manager, Lorna Morrow, in the first instance, before any application is made. Contact details for Lorna are 0131 451 4725 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


NERC studentships covering the UK tuition fee, stipend (RCUK minimum, currently estimated at £14,142 for 2016/17) and Research Training Support Grant (£5k p.a.) are available to UK citizens and to citizens of the EU who have been permanently in residence in the UK for a minimum of 3 years prior to taking up the studentship. Full details of eligibility for NERC studentships can be found in the Research Councils UK Training Grants Terms and Conditions document available at Funding is unfortunately not available to overseas candidates for any of the remaining PhD positions in this recruitment round. 

Deadline for applications

The University of Nottingham has set its own internal deadline for applications and interview in the second round so please contact the university directly to confirm its current recruitment timeline. There is no central CDT application process - applicants must follow the recruitment procedures and criteria of the institution hosting the project they are interested in applying for.

University of Nottingham - University of Birmingham partnership

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Prof Sean Rigby
University of Nottingham
Nottingham NG7 2RD

Tel: +44 (0)115 951 4078
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How to apply

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