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NERC GW4 Doctoral Training Partnership PhD projects in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences

Key facts

Application deadline 6 January 2020
Start date October 2020
Duration 3.5
Funding body NERC
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship

The NERC Great Western Four+ Doctoral Training Partnership (GW4+ DTP) provides 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.

The following projects are available for entry in 2020:

Please note that these projects are only available for supervision through the medium of English and therefore information pages are not currently available in the medium of Welsh.

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.

You can find further information about the projects above on the NERC GW4+ DTP website.

Please be aware that your personal data will be used and disclosed to other universities, research organisations and/or partners as part of the application process, as outlined in our data sharing policy for collaborative doctoral training programmes.


School of Earth and Ocean Sciences – School Office

Funding details

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 £3,250 is available in the form of as a training credits over the course of the programme for specialist training courses and/or opportunities (plus £750 ringfenced for travel and accommodation on compulsory cohort events).

Eligibility criteria

Residency UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply
Academic criteria

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.

Open to UK and EU students. All EU applicants must have been ordinarily resident in the EU for at least 3 years prior to the start of their proposed programme of study.

Applicants from EU countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award.


School of Earth and Ocean Sciences – School Office

You should submit an application for postgraduate study via the Cardiff University Online Application Service, including:

  • an upload 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.

You should apply to the Doctor of Philosophy in Earth and Ocean Sciences with a start date of October 2020.

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+ DTP.

If you wish to apply for more than one project please email

The deadline for applications is 16:00 on 6 January 2020.

Shortlisting for interview will be conducted by 31 January 2020.

Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to an institutional interview. Interviews will be held in Cardiff University between 10 February and 21 February 2020.

We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.


School of Earth and Ocean Sciences – School Office

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Eligible research programmes