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Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) GW4 FRESH Centre for Doctoral Training Studentships

Find out more about studentships opportunities offered by the GW4 FRESH Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT).

About the studentships

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Centre for Doctoral Training in Freshwater Biosciences and Sustainability (GW4 FRESH CDT) trains future leaders to develop the skills necessary to address the challenges facing freshwater sustainability.

GW4 FRESH brings together freshwater scientists from the GW4 alliance of four universities in the South West and Wales: Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter and world-class research organisations such as the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and British Geological Survey (BGS).

The GW4 FRESH academics and partners tackle four key challenges in managing freshwater resources sustainably:

  • emerging global change risks to freshwater ecosystems
  • new technologies for freshwater ecosystems and ecosystem services
  • reducing extinction and impairment in freshwater ecosystems
  • integrated solutions to multiple pressures on freshwater ecosystems

The CDT is offering fully funded doctoral studentships for entry in September/October 2020. A studentship is for 3.5 years and comprises a full UKRI stipend (currently £15,285 per year, 2020/21 rate), tuition fees and a Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) of £8,250 (over the lifetime of the project).

NERC-funded studentships are open to citizens of the UK or other EU country who have been residing in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the studentship.

How to apply

How to identify a project

Applications for September 2020 entry are now open. You can identify a project or projects that you are interested in by browsing the list of available projects.

You are welcome to discuss projects with the relevant lead supervisor prior to submitting an application.

Should you wish, you may select a first choice and a reserve choice project when you apply.

Application guidance

Applicants apply directly to the GW4 FRESH Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) using their centralised online application form. Applicants must demonstrate an outstanding academic record: at least an upper second class honours classification in an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) or relevant master’s degree.

You do not need to apply to the University of Bath at this stage – only those applicants who are successful in obtaining an offer of funding from the CDT will be asked to submit an application to study at Bath.

More information on how to apply may be found on the GW4 FRESH CDT website.


Applications for September 2020 entry are now open and will close at 09:00 on Thursday 11 June 2020.