How to Apply

Applications for the main Panorama DTP studentship competition (for October 2021 entry) are now open. The application deadline is Tuesday 5th January 2021, and interviews will take place in late February.

Eligibility and funding

We have 26 highly competitive NERC  fully funded studentship awards for session 2021/22 covering the full cost of University fees plus Maintenance of £15,285 (2020/21 rate) per year for 3.5 years, and a generous research training and support grant (RTSG). Please note the number of fully funded awards open for international applicants is limited by UKRI to  8.

Projects based at the Universities of Leeds and Hull:

Applications are open to both Home and International fee rated applicants.

Projects based at the University of York:

Full awards (as above) are open to home rated fee applicants only. For international applicants, our studentships will only cover fees at the UK rate, additional funds to top up these fees to international level must be found from other sources by the candidate, such as industrial sponsorship, home government sponsorship, self-funding etc. International applicants for projects at York should discuss this with their potential supervisor, and include in their personal statement how they intend to fund the additional fees, which at the current fee rate will be an additional £19,200 per year for 3.5 years.

Step 1

Contact the lead supervisor of your chosen project to register your interest, and to ensure that he/she 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 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. (v) International/EU candidates should include in their personal statement how they intend to fund their additional fees.
  • 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 the Referee’s Report form available to download herePlease 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.