PhD Opportunities

ACCE DTP managed to secure funding by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and will continue to support 22 new PhD students a year in ecology, evolution and conservation over the next five years as part of the ACCE 2 DTP (Adapting to the Challenges of Changing Environment Doctoral Training Programme).

Bringing together the academic strengths of the Universities of Liverpool, Sheffield and York, the programme also benefits from the unique scientific expertise and resources of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the Natural History Museum.

The multidisciplinary programme aims to develop confident and multi-skilled PhD students capable of undertaking cutting-edge research and tackling environmental biology questions of global significance.

How to apply

ACCE PhD project applications for recruitment of the 3rd cohort of the ACCE2 DTP students (starting in 2021) are NOW OPEN.

Click on the relevant ACCE Academic partner below to find out the available projects. As some projects have many 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 made 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.

University of Liverpool
The University of Sheffield
University of York


ACCE DTP studentships are available to UK and international students. International students, if selected, would need to find a way to cover fees over and above the UK fee rate, as UKRI do not cover international fees; EU students will also need to pay international fees from the 2021/22 academic year Further information about eligibility you can find in UKRI Terms and Conditions

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.

See here for our guide to applying to the ACCE DTP:

Personal statement

Click here to download the guided personal statement proforma

Please see here for our guide to applying to the ACCE DTP

If you have any questions you can join us on the 9th December at 1pm GMT for a live Q&A online via google meet (