PhD Opportunities At Sheffield


Our PhD program 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 we are offering 20 competition funded PhD projects, listed below,  with lead supervisor based at The University of Sheffield.

How to apply

Application is now closed

To apply for any of the studentships hosted by The University of Sheffield,  please complete an on-line application form

Online application

Please select ‘Standard PhD’ and the Department from which the title of the ACCE studentship is announced. Fill in the title of your desired project and the name(s) of the supervisors. You can apply for more than one project to increase your chances to be nominated for an interview, but you can be interviewed for only one. As a ‘Study term,’ the applicants need to point out full-time or part-time PhDs depending on their wish.  The starting date of PhD will be the start of the next academic year- 1 Oct 2017. The ‘Funding stage’ on the form will be ‘project studentship’.


The studentships are available to UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements. 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.

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.


Fully funded for a minimum of 3.5 years, studentships cover: (i) a tax-free stipend at the standard Research Council rate (at least £14,296 per annum for 2017-2018), (ii) research costs, and (iii) tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. Studentship(s) are available to UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements.
Selection process: Shortlisting will take place as soon as possible after the closing date, and successful applicants will be notified promptly. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview to be held at the University of Sheffield the w/c 12 February 2018.

The application is now CLOSED

ACCE PhD Projects

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

Department of Geography

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

School of Mathematics and Statistics