PhD Opportunities

Our PhD program in ACCE DTP offers projects aligned with the grand challenges in environmental research under the four foci. Each year we are providing a certain number of a competition funded PhD projects with lead supervisor based at one of the ACCE DTP partner Universities. If you are interested in applying you need to identify a research project that suits you. This is done to ensure a proper match between your research interests and your prospective supervisors.

Within equal opportunities principles and regulations, applications will be assessed in the light of a candidate’s ability to meet the required criteria. Students will be evaluated by application and by interview performance.

Applications from those seeking part-time PhDs are welcome.

How to apply

ACCE PhD project application for recruitment of the 5th cohort of students (starting in 2018)  is NOW CLOSED.

Click on the relevant ACCE Academic partner below to find out the available projects. As some projects have much more applicants than others, we encourage applicants to consider applying for more than one project within ACCE to maximise their chances of being interviewed. If you are nominated for interview by more than one supervisor, you will have to choose the one project for which you want to be interviewed.

Application for all ACCE projects should be done through the Universities of Sheffield, York or Liverpool admission systems. You need to look at the guidelines for applicants for each University or Department hosting the PhD as they might be very different.


The University of Sheffield
University of York
University of Liverpool


The ACCE DTP studentships are available to UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements (to resign in the UK minimum three years immediately before the start of the PhD). EU nationals who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for ‘a fees-only award’ which covers the tuition fees at RCUK level and Research Training Support Grant (RTSG), but no stipend. Further information about eligibility you can find in RCUK Training Grant Guide.

Applicants are usually 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.

Also, each institute welcomes applications from students with their project proposals.  Applicants intending to take this route should speak to a suitable supervisor within the ACCE partnership first.  The PhD projects described in these applications should be the idea and vision of the applicant, and not of the supervisor.