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NERC Doctoral Training Awards

Posted on 7 November 2018

Chemistry receives a share of £100M funding to train the next generation of environmental scientists.

The Department of Chemistry has received a share of £100m funding to train the next generation of environmental scientists. The Department is involved in two of the successfully funded Doctoral Training Programmes (DTPs).

The funding is provided by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). It supports two DTPs:


  • ACCE (focussed on adapting to the challenges of changing environment)
  • PANORAMA (encompassing aspects of the atmosphere, biosphere and geosphere).

The ACCE programme will support 14 new PhD students a year for the next five years in ecology, evolution and conservation. This programme brings together the academic strengths of the Universities of Liverpool, Sheffield and York, and also benefits from the unique scientific expertise and resources of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the Natural History Museum. Within Chemistry here at York, there is specific research expertise in the use of analytical chemistry methods to understand environmental change.

The PANORAMA DTP will support 13 studentships a year for the next five years in multidisciplinary studies of the science of the Earth's Atmosphere, Geosphere and Biosphere. The programme is a collaboration between the Universities of Leeds, Hull and York. The Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Labs (WACL) in York play a key role in helping lead on atmospheric science studies.

These multidisciplinary graduate training programmes aim to develop confident and multi-skilled PhD students capable of undertaking cutting-edge research and tackling questions of global significance.

The 2018 DTP call was an open and competitive process that identified 17 DTPs to host PhD studentships funded by NERC. Each DTP was assessed on the basis of excellence through a transparent, peer-reviewed application process.

Read more about NERC Doctoral Training Awards

See the Chemistry Postgraduate courses available at the University of York.