PhD Opportunities At CEH


CEH works in collaboration with Universities across the UK and internationally to input scientific and supervisory expertise into PhD projects. Currently, there are approximately 150 PhD students studying with CEH. Of these, a third are based at CEH and are either competitively-funded through  NERC Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) or directly funded through a variety of sources.

Eligibility: NERC studentships are bound by NERC’s terms and conditions including residency and minimum qualifications (see individual project details).

The studentships are open to UK and international/ EU applicants.

Please note that the UKRI funding only covers UK fees (£4406 2020/2021 rate). International and EU fee rate candidates would need to cover the remaining amount of tuition fees by securing additional funding. 

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.

Projects available: closing date is 15th January 2021

Trajectories of plant community change in degraded and regenerating forests of Borneo. Lead Supervisor Dr Lindsay Banin (UKCEH Edinburgh). Co-Supervisors Prof Jane Hill, (University of York), Dr Mark Hughes (Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh), Dr Geertje van der Heijden (University of Nottingham), Prof David Burslem (University of Aberdeen)

To plant or not to plant? Efficacy and impacts of woodland expansion in upland soils. Lead Supervisor Dr Aidan Keith (UKCEH Lancaster). Co-Supervisors Dr Rob Mills (University of York), Dr Emily James (Woodland Trust), Malcolm Turner (Woodland Trust)

Creating a Personal Statement

The proforma here provides guidance for the Personal/Supporting Statement segment of the application.

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 (meet.google.com/pqc-drcr-iph)