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 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

NERC usually sets a date in mid-March for partner universities to notify candidates of any offer and for the candidate to respond to that offer.  This is to allow candidates applying to more than one CDT partner university to know all the offers that they received before having to make their decision on which one to accept.   As a result, most universities will set a date of 31st January 2017 for applications and will hold interviews during February 2017.