NERC funded PhD studentships in Natural & Environmental Sciences University of Southampton, Natural & Environmental Sciences United Kingdom

NERC funded PhD studentships available


Natural & Environmental Sciences


Location: National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Closing Date: Friday 05 January 2018

Reference: 929917F6

The Southampton Partnership for Innovative Training of Future Investigators (SPITFIRE) Doctoral Training Partnership is offering fully-funded PhD studentships to excellent research students.


SPITFIRE DTP is a NERC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) creating an innovative multi-disciplinary experience for the effective training of future leaders in environmental science, engineering, technology development, business, and policy.


SPITFIRE students will be registered at the University of Southampton and will undertake their PhD project research within the University or one of the hosting partner organisations. Unique features of SPITFIRE include opportunities for placements at a range of prestigious international research organisations or industrial and policy partners.


Entry Criteria: Successful candidates are likely to have the following qualifications:


BSc/MSci 2:1


and/or Masters (MSc or MRes) at Merit/Distinction level (>60%)


and/or evidence of significant relevant professional experience equivalent to Masters level

from the following disciplines:


Earth or Environmental Science disciplines, any numerate discipline, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, Mathematics, Oceanography or Marine Science, Computer Science.Please check projects for relevance to other disciplines.


Each SPITFIRE project comes with a fully funded studentship for UK students and EU students who meet the RCUK eligibility criteria.


Eligibility Requirements:


A student must have:


  • Settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay
  • Been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the grant. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences)
  • Not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals)


Some projects may be open to strong applicants who do not meet the above eligibility and/or are using alternative funding mechanisms via the GSNOCS PhD programme or relevant department (see individual project details).


For details of available projects and information on how to apply click here

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