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NERC Doctoral Training Partnership

A total of 190 fully funded postgraduate research studentships in Earth and Environmental Science will be available across the GW4+ Doctoral Training Partnership.

NERC Science of the Environment

The focus of this 3.5-year PhD programme is the simultaneous delivery of research excellence, multidisciplinary and employability.

In response to the new UKRI eligibility criteria, we are pleased to announce that we will be offering International fee discounts for successful UKRI applicants. The fees will be discounted to the home fees level. This approach ensures that students regardless of nationality or financial means will be able to apply for our prestigious UKRI studentships. Successful applicants will receive a fully-funded studentship and will not be charged the international fee difference.

Research themes

Available projects come under one of the three Research Themes that cover the breadth of NERC Earth and Environmental Science:

  • Solid Earth: Solid Earth and Planetary Geology; Natural Hazards; and Resources
  • Living World: Ecology, Conservation and Biodiversity; Genomes and Evolution; and Biogeochemical Cycles
  • Changing Planet: Atmospheres, Oceans and Ice; Climate Change and Impacts; and Water


The GW4+ DTP is one of 15 NERC Doctoral Training Partnerships and the largest of its kind in the UK. The core partnership includes:

  • University of Bristol
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Bath
  • Cardiff University
  • British Antarctic Survey (BAS)
  • British Geological Survey (BGS)
  • Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH)
  • Met Office
  • Natural History Museum (NHM)
  • Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML).

It also brings together a consortium of over 30 research, industrial and third-sector organisations to provide a range of innovative training, research and development opportunities. The DTP aims for a minimum of 30 per cent of students to work with non-academic partners, providing valuable industry experience for entering a wide range of environmental careers.

We are also a partner institution in the NERC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Oil and Gas and the NERC GW4 Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) Freshwater.

Find out more

Please visit our DTP website for more details about the centre and how to apply.

Contact us to indicate your interest in this funding and if you want to be kept up-to-date with any further studentships that are published under this scheme.