NERC GW4 Doctoral Training Partnership PhD projects in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences
|Application deadline||7 January 2019|
|Start date||October 2019|
|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 2019*:
- Smart monitoring of catchment water quality
- Rocky coast geomorphology: the key to unlocking our archaeological heritage
- Continental weathering and secular evolution of redox-sensitive isotope systematics
- A critical assessment of fault growth models using Machine Learning tools
- Devonian tropical plant assemblages from Arctic Svalbard
- Land surface dynamics of global dust emission schemes to improve climate change projections
- Weathering of volcanic products in the tropical environment of the Panama Canal area
- Looking for plastic biodegraders in submarine hydrothermal ecosystems
- Constraining Models of Mantle Dynamics using ‘Starter pistol’ of Uranium isotopes
- How do magma reservoirs evolve during caldera cycles?
- Provenance of Southern Cape Rivers: Links to Hydroclimate and Early Humans
- Structural controls on gold mineralization in the Palaeoproterozoic Mako Volcanic Belt, Senegal
- Squeeze and mingle: understanding the role of deformation-driven melt transport in mid-ocean ridge magma chambers (Bay of Islands ophiolite, Newfoundland, Canada)
- Constraining the petrogenesis and timing of the youngest magmatic events in the British Palaeogene Igneous Province
- The true heterogeneity of the depleted mantle revealed by crystal-scale analyses in the lower oceanic crust
- Olivine, magma and fluids: exploring the origin(s) of platinum-group element mineralization in the Main Zone of northern Bushveld Complex of South Africa
- Microbial survival and activity in bentonite clay: relevance to the safety case for geological disposal of radioactive waste
- The titanium isotope composition of seawater: a new oceanographic tracer
- Imaging the lithosphere of the British Isles using Virtual Deep Seismic Sounding
*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.
|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.
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.
Applicants 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
Applicants should apply to the Doctor of Philosophy in Earth and Ocean Sciences with a start date of October 2019.
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 Joanne Poynter.
The deadline for applications is 16:00 on 7 January 2019.
Shortlisting for interview will be conducted by 31 January 2019.
Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to an institutional interview. Interviews will be held in Cardiff University between 4th February and 15th February 2019.
We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.
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