How to Apply

Applications for 2023 entry are now open!

‘Demystifying the PhD application process’ webinars on the 9th and 12th December – sign up now!

Our available projects can be found here. Note that you can only apply for one project in the Panorama DTP.

Information on the application process can also be found below and in our FAQs.

Equal Opportunities:

Within our programme, we are dedicated to diversifying our community. As part of our ongoing work to improve Equality, Diversity and Inclusion within the NERC Panorama DTP, we hope to be able to ringfence 10% of our interviews and 10% of our full DTP studentships for the following identified underrepresented groups in our PhD programmes: UK Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, those from a disadvantaged socio-economic background, and disabled people. More detail on eligibility and how to apply for the studentships will be available soon – please watch this space!

Important information:

  • Application deadline: Wednesday 4th January 2023
  • We aim to contact candidates who have been shortlisted for interview during the week commencing 6th February 2023
  • Interviews will take place between Monday 20th February and Thursday 2nd March 2023.

Projects marked CASE have the possibility becoming an industry-partnered project which includes an external industry partner with additional research training and support grant (RTSG) funding and a placement.

Last year we hosted a webinar with current PhD students discussing how to find, apply and interview for PhD positions. From this, we have compiled a list of FAQs to help with applications, and if you’re interested the recording can be found here.

Eligibility and funding 2022/2023

We have 24 highly competitive NERC fully-funded studentship awards for session 2022/23 covering the full cost of University fees, plus a maintenance stipend allowance at the UKRI rate of £17,668 (2022/23 rate) per year for 3.5 years, and a generous research training and support grant (RTSG). Applications for all projects are open to both home and international applicants, please note the number of fully-funded places open for international applicants is limited by UKRI to 30% (7 studentships).

Step 1

Contact the lead supervisor of your chosen project to register your interest, and to ensure that they will be able to effectively support your application. In many cases potential supervisors may be able to arrange initial visits to Leeds, York or Hull to discuss the work. Please note that you can only apply for 1 project within the DTP.

Step 2

An On-Line Study Application (OLA) should be submitted to Leeds via University Application for Research Degree Study.  In the ‘Planned Course of Study’ section, the programme code that should be selected is ‘NERC PANORAMA DTP’it is important that you select that programme of study.  In the ‘Research Area/Title’ section the OLA you should simply input the full title of the project that you wish to be considered for and the supervisors’ names. Your application cannot receive consideration until you provide all supporting documents, as follows:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV)/resumé which shows a high level of academic achievement and appropriate non-academic experience. Please include high school results.
  • Transcripts and certificates of ALL degrees to date. If you have not yet completed your current degree, you will need to send an official transcript of your results so far.
  • Personal Statement: Please provide a personal statement, of no more than 1 page, outlining (i) explain why you are interested in your chosen project, (ii) what motivates you to pursue PhD study, (iii) what is your research experience and how does you skill set matches the requirements for your choice of project, and (iv) what is the wider importance of this research project.
  • English Language: Generally, if you are from a country other than the UK, you may need to meet the English language requirements evidence through an English language test (e.g., IELTS/TOEFL). The test certificate is not required when applying but will be required when registering if you are successful.
  • Academic References: Before we can give full consideration to your application, we will need a minimum of two strong academic references. These can be submitted with your application if they are signed, or alternatively, they can be emailed directly by the referee to nercdtp@leeds.ac.uk using this form Referee_Report_Panorama_DTP. Please note that it is your responsibility to request these references and ensure they that are sent to us.

Step 3

Interview: We will call the strongest applicants for interview. Interviews for all projects, whether hosted by the University of Leeds, University of York (Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories) or University of Hull (Energy and Environment Institute), will be held in Leeds during the week indicated above. We seek to make offers to students who have the best qualifications for the projects and who perform best at interview.

Step 4

Offer: We will first make informal offers shortly after interview. Strong candidates whose first choice project is no longer available will be offered an alternative, where possible. Once you accept our offer, we will then make a recommendation for your acceptance for PhD study to the university where the project will be based. That is the university where you will become a registered PhD student and it will send you a formal offer of a study place. The letter will instruct you how to accept the place.

Once you accept the offer of the study place, you will be sent a formal funding letter.