NERC GW4 Doctoral Training Partnership PhD projects in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences
|Application deadline||7 January 2018|
|Start date||October 2018|
|Level of study||Postgraduate research|
|Award type||PhD studentship|
|Number of studentships||37|
The NERC Great Western Four+ Doctoral Training Partnership (GW4+ DTP) provides 37 PhD studentships annually and seeks to train tomorrow’s leaders in earth and environmental sciences.
It engages a broad spectrum of academic and non-academic partners to create an innovative training programme that responds to current and future needs in earth and environmental sciences. The GW4+ DTP commenced in September 2014 and forms part of the NERC Doctoral Training Partnership initiative.
Here is a list of the available projects for 2018 for the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences
DTP research theme: Solid earth
- A template for the structural interpretation of heterogeneous subsurface units using advanced seismic attributes
- Characterization of volcanic emergence of the Panama Isthmus
- Formation of the world-class copper deposit at Mount Isa, Australia
- Constraining Mantle dynamics with geochemical observations
- Source or Sink? Seismic Observations of Mass and Water Transport to and from the Mantle Transition Zone
- Structural controls on gold mineralization in the Palaeoproterozoic Mako Volcanic Belt, Senegal
- Isotopic heterogeneity of the oceanic upper mantle: the crystal record
- Constraining the petrogenesis and timing of the late magmatic events in the British Palaeogene Igneous Province
DTP research theme: Living world
- Differentiating taphonomic from evolutionary effects in early Palaeozoic
- Assessing the potential of the marine bivalve Glycymeris glycymeris for providing novel geochemical baseline records from the Northeast Atlantic region
- From watershed to reef: reconstructing the history of land use change and coral reef health in Fiji
- Bacterial endospores – shuttles to and from the deep biosphere?
DTP research theme: Changing planet
- Surface meets Deep: hydrothermal alteration of the oceanic crust
- Smart monitoring of catchment water quality
- Atmospheric CO2 variability during the Plio-Pleistocene
- Quantifying the role of superficial geology in controlling groundwater recharge in drylands and its sensitivity to environmental change
- Rocky coast geomorphology: the key to unlocking our archaeological heritage
- Developing frameworks for calibrating hydrological models using satellite gravity and altimetry data
- Understanding post-earthquake landslide hazard mechanisms, Kaikoura, New Zealand
- Last Gasp: Understanding the death of a truly ancient landscape in Lesotho, southern Africa
- New constraints on CO2 using the boron isotope proxy
- Carbon negative electricity generation through mineral reactions
- Climatic controls on landscape evolution
Project in all DTP research themes:
These research projects listed are in competition with other projects available across the NERC GW4+ Doctoral Training Partnership. Usually the projects which receives the best applicants will be awarded the funding.
Please note that mandatory activities will take place during September 2018.
Find out more
For an overview of the NERC GW4 programme, please see the DTP's website.
You can find general information on NERC funding opportunities at the University on our funding pages. You can find information on research within the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences on our research pages.
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|Tuition fee support||Full UK/EU tuition fees|
|Maintenance stipend||Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum|
|Additional funding offered||Additional funding to the value £11,000 is available over the course of the programme for conference attendance, fieldwork allowance, travel allowance and other project costs. A further £4,000 is available in the form of as a training credits over the course of the programme for specialist training courses and/or opportunities.|
|Residency||UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply|
You should have obtained, or be about to obtain, a first or upper second class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK. If you have a lower second class degree, you will be considered if you also have a master’s degree. If you have a minimum upper second class degree and significant relevant non-academic experience, you are encouraged to apply.
If English is not your first language, you will need to have achieved at least 6.5 in IELTS (and no less than 5.5 in any section) by the start of the programme.
Studentships are available to students meeting UK residency requirements as set as described by UKCISA.
In the first instance, you should submit an application for the Doctor of Philosophy in Earth and Ocean Sciences, with a start date of October 2018.
Please also email:
- a copy of your CV
- a personal statement/covering letter
- two references (applicants are recommended to have a third academic referee, if the two academic referees are within the same department/school)
- current academic transcripts.
In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided. In the funding section, please select 'I will be applying for a scholarship/grant' and specify that you are applying for advertised funding from NERC GW4 Doctoral Training Partnership.
If you'd like to apply for more than one project, please email the Postrgraduate Office.
The deadline for applications is midnight GMT on Sunday 7 January 2018.
An internal selection will be conducted, and shortlisted candidates will then go on to an institutional interview which will take place on the week commencing 5 or 12 February 2018.
We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.
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