Frequently Asked Questions

What is a DTP?

A Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) is the new system NERC is using to train PhD students in environmental science. A DTP consists of academic departments and external partners from industry, commerce or research.

What funding is available?

DTPs will provide students with a full PhD studentship. This consists of a personal stipend at RCUK rates for 3.5 years (at least), university fees, and generous support for research costs, fieldwork and conference travel.

Can I apply for more than 1 DTP project?

No, you can only apply for 1 project within the DTP. Applicants who are interested in more than one project should contact the lead supervisors for further information about each project, so that they can then apply for their preferred choice. We aim to recruit the overall best applicants based on their academic merit and interview performance. Following interview, strong candidates whose preferred project is no longer available will be offered an alternative, where possible.

I am an EU citizen can I apply?

Yes, we are able to offer a number of our fully funded studentships (stipend + fees) to EU citizens each year.