PhD opportunities

ACCE DTP is currently offering 3 additional 4 years fully funded studentships with CASE partners.

How to apply

Application for these opportunities is open IMMEDIATELY and should be done through the Universities Admission systems or by email. You need to check the application process and the deadline for applications for each University/Institution hosting the PhD as they might be very different.

List or available projects and hosting Universities and ACCE partners

  1. Agricultural hotspots of Nitrous Oxide in space and time hosted at CEH
    Lead Supervisor: Dr Niall McNamara (CEH) Dr Sylvia Toet (Environment, York); Jeanette Whitaker (CEH Lancaster) Dr Christian Davies (CASE co-supervisor, Shell, UK).
    This PhD position is guaranteed funded and will commence in October 2017. We encourage informal enquiries so please email Dr Niall McNamara: . To apply send a CV and a covering letter outlining your background and suitability for this project to . Your application must also include two potential referees who must be available to respond in June 2017. Deadline for applications: 21st June 2017.
  2. When species can’t keep up: evaluating landscape conservation actions needed under climate change hosted by University of Liverpool, Institute of Integrative Biology
    Lead supervisors: Dr Jenny Hodgson (University of Liverpool, DEEB); Co-supervisors: Dr Marc Botham, Dr Nick Isaac (CEH); Prof Andy Fenton, University of Liverpool, and Tom Brereton (CASE partner Butterfly Conservation).
    To apply you need to use the email for on the advert. The form will be received by the Institute of Integrative Biology and forwarded to Dr Hodgson. Please attach to the form your CV, a covering letter outlining your background and suitability for this project, and the details of two potential referees who must be available to respond in late June/early July 2017 (Either combine this in one file or in a zip folder). When preparing your application, please note the eligibility conditions and desirable attributes.
  3. Soil carbon in managed grasslands- biodiversity effects on persistence versus short-term gains? – hosted by Department of Biology, University of York
    Lead Supervisor: Dr Kelly Redeker (Biology, York); Co-supervisors: Dr Raj Whitlock (Liverpool), Paul Muto (CASE partner Natural England)
    Applications are made via “Select” (University’s Online Application Service). The studentship is available to UK, EU and international students. To discuss your suitability for this project please email read the ‘How to apply‘ tab before submitting your application. Apply here


The ACCE DTP studentships are available to UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements (to resign in the UK min 3 years immediately prior to the start of the PhD) Further information about eligibility you can find in RCUK Training Grant Guide.

Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree (or equivalent international qualifications) in environmental sciences, archaeology, ecology, biology, botany, chemistry, computing, geography, geology, mathematics, meteorology, physics, statistics, zoology, and other related subjects. Please check the requirements of each hosting organisation before you submit your application.