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Overview

Departments of Environment, Biology, Archaeology and Chemistry 

NERC-DTP

‌This prestigious NERC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) brings together the very best in environmental, ecological and evolutionary research across the Universities of York, Sheffield and Liverpool, together with the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH). Students will benefit from a PhD training programme that has interdisciplinary collaboration at its core. The aim is to produce multi-skilled researchers equipped to tackle cutting edge environmental science of global significance, embedded within a unique, supportive training environment. At York, the NERC Partnership brings together researchers from the Departments of BiologyEnvironmentArchaeology and Chemistry. All projects are co-supervised, most of them with supervisors in different institutions, in order to foster innovative science, collegiality, and breadth of experience.

Our fully-funded PhD programme in Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment (ACCE) offers projects aligned with the grand challenges in environmental research: securing ecosystem services and environmental resources; predicting and mitigating impacts of climate change; understanding the dynamics of biodiversity; and mechanisms of evolutionary change. This year there will be 10 Environment projects where the lead supervisor is based in York's Environment Department. In addition there are projects also available in the departments of Biology and Archaeology.

One of the York studentships each year can be allocated to well qualified students who have devised their own research project, together with a York ACCE supervisor. The project must fall broadly within one of the ACCE themes. If you are interested in this route, please contact a potential supervisor in the departments of BiologyEnvironmentArchaeology or Chemistry to discuss your idea and help develop your project outline.

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 9th January 2018 at 23h59min.

Studentships

Studentships

Studentships: Fully funded PhD studentships are available, across York, Sheffield and Liverpool, on this outstanding programme for entry in October 2018. To be considered you need to select a suitable project from the list available and submit an application through the University of York online system. 

Student-led projects: One of the York studentships each year can be allocated to well qualified students who have devised their own research project, together with a York ACCE supervisor. The project must fall broadly within one of the ACCE themes. If you are interested in this route, please contact a potential supervisor in our department to discuss your idea and help develop your project outline. Supervisors must submit projects to our Biology Admissions Office and students must submit their application through the University online system by the same deadline.

Value: The studentships are fully funded for 3.5 years in the first instance, and students must complete their PhD in four years. The studentships cover: (i) a tax-free annual stipend at the standard Research Council rate (£14,533 for 2017-2018, but typically increases annually in line with inflation), (ii) research costs, and (iii) tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. Studentships can be extended for another six months on a case-by-case basis: for example 3 months extra funding is guaranteed if students opt to take a 3 month internship during their PhD.

Eligibility: The studentships are available to UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements. Students from EU countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award. Further information about eligibility for Research Council UK funding

Entry requirements: Students with, or expecting to gain, at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree, or equivalent, are invited to apply.  The interdisciplinary nature of this programme means that we welcome applications from students with backgrounds in any relevant subject that provides the necessary skills, knowledge and experience for the DTP, including environmental, biological, chemical, mathematical, physical and social sciences. Please check the How to apply tab for further details.

Shortlisting: Supervisors can only put forward one student for consideration per project. Shortlisting will take place as soon as possible after the closing date and successful applicants will be notified promptly.

Interviews: Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview to take place at the University of York on 15th or 19th February 2018. Video interviews can be arranged for international applicants. As part of the interview process, candidates may be asked to make a 10 minute presentation on a research project they have undertaken.

Queries: If you have any queries about a specific Environment project, please contact the appropriate project supervisor, their emails can be found on our academic staff list. If you have any queries related to the application process please contact maroula.hill@york.ac.uk

Available Projects

Environment projects

The Environment Department is offering 10 projects as part of this Doctoral Training Partnership.  Instructions on how to apply will be in each project description. For further information on the application process please email maroula.hill@york.ac.uk.

Available projects in Environment

Biology projects

The Biology PhD programme in Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment (ACCE) offers projects across the spectrum of environmental science, focussing on ecosystem services, climate change, biodiversity and evolution. This year we have 10 projects available for application in the Department of Biology.

Available projects in Biology  

Archaeology project

The Department of Archaeology is offering 1 project (to be advertised soon) as part of this Doctoral Training Partnership. For further information please email janine.lyon@york.ac.uk.

How to Apply

Before you apply

Applications are made via our "Select" (our University's Online Application Service). Your application can be completed in stages as our online system allows you to save your progress and come back later to finish it. We do not require you to provide a sample of written work.

Academic requirements

Students applying for this research programme should normally have obtained an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent).

Eligibility

The studentships are available to UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements. Students from EU countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award. Further information about eligibility for Research Council UK funding.

Selecting a project

Please try to identify a research project that suits you.  This is to ensure a proper match between your research interests and your prospective supervisors. If you are attracted by more than one project in ACCE, rather than applying to several, we would encourage informal discussions with different project supervisors to help you decide which is the most appropriate project, to maximize your chances of obtaining a studentship. Contact details for academic staff can be found on each project description.

Student-led projects: One of the York studentships each year can be allocated to well qualified students who have devised their own research project, together with a York ACCE supervisor. The project must fall broadly within one of the ACCE themes of “securing ecosystem services and environmental resources”; “predicting and mitigating impacts of climate change”; “understanding the dynamics of biodiversity”; and “mechanisms of evolutionary change: genes to communities”. Students with ideas for their own project should contact a potential supervisor in the Environment Department to discuss their idea and help develop their project outline. Supervisors must submit projects to the Environment Admissions Office and students must submit their application through the University online system by the same deadline. In the application, students should add the following words to the project title 'NERC DTP ACCE student-led project'.

Applying

To submit your application to an Environment project, please follow these steps:

  • click on the link below to take you to the University's Online Application Service
  • Please select either the course 'PhD in Environmental Geography' or 'PhD in Environmental Science'
  • select '2018 October, Full Time' as your start date
  • click on the 'Start application' button
  • it is very important that you write the title of the project you are applying to and the names of the project supervisors. It is not necessary to include a research proposal (as the project is already defined).

Please note that the closing date for applications is Tuesday 9th January 2018 at 23h59min.  

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After you apply

Once your application has been received, it will be assessed by the appropriate project supervisors. You might be asked to discuss your suitability for the project with the supervisors. The strongest applications will be then forwarded to the York ACCE Admissions Committee for shortlisting. If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited for a formal interview where you will be required to make a 10 minute presentation to the panel. The interviews will take place at the University of York on the 15th  or 19th February 2018.  Video interviews can be arranged for international applicants. You will be notified as soon as possible after the interview dates whether your application has been successful, placed on a reserve list, or unsuccessful. If you are successful, you will be required to confirm your intention to accept the studentship soon afterwards.

If you have any queries related to the application process please contact maroula.hill@york.ac.uk