Recruitment to the 2016 entry cohort is now complete.  Projects being offered for entry in October 2017 will be advertised on this page in mid-November 2016. 

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


NERC studentships covering the UK tuition fee, stipend (RCUK minimum, currently 14,296 for 2016/17 entry) 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. 

Application process and deadlines

Each CDT partner university is responsible for its own recruitment so applicants must apply via the on-line application system of the university or universities offering the projects that they are interested in.   Links to the on-line application systems are given underneath each university's project listing.  You can apply to as many universities as you like, but will need to make a separate application to each institution using the relevant local system and procedures.

NERC has set a date of 15th March 2017 for partner universities to notify candidates of any offer and for the candidate to respond to that offer.  This is to allow candidates who apply to more than one CDT partner university to know the outcome of all their applications before having to make their decision about which offer to accept.   In order to accommodate this deadline, most universities will set a date of 31st January 2017 for applications and will hold interviews during February 2017.