PhD Opportunities At Sheffield


Our PhD program in Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment (ACCE2) offers projects aligned with the grand challenges in environmental research.

ACCE / Unilever project open for October 2021 entry

Closing date- Thursday 29th April 2021

How to apply

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

Online application

  • Please select ‘Standard PhD’ and the Name of 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,’ – point out full-time or part-time PhDs depending on your wish;
  • The starting date of PhD will be the start of the next academic year-
  • Funding stage‘ on the form will be ‘project studentship‘.

Creating a Personal Statement

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


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

Please note that the UKRI funding only covers UK fees (£4406 2020/2021 rate).

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.


This is a 4 year fully-funded studentship in partnership with Unilever and is part of the NERC Doctoral Training Partnership in Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment (ACCE). The studentship covers: (i) a tax-free stipend at the standard Research Council rate (£15,009 for 2019/20), (ii) tuition fees at UK rate, and (iii) research consumables and training necessary for the project.

Please note that the UKRI funding only covers UK fees (£4406 2020/2021 rate). International and EU fee rate tuition fees (£23,750 20/2021 rate).

Sheffield ACCE DTP Projects

Ecological risk assessment and food webs: mathematical modelling of multiple stressor effects on biodiversity and ecosystem function

Lead Supervisor; Prof. Andrew Beckerman Co Supervisors; Prof. Lorraine Maltby and Dr Dylan Childs