Announcement of Opportunity: UK Geoenergy Observatories training opportunities - Activity 3 internships

Closing date for applications: 17:00 on 1 July 2019

Update 13 June 2019: Please note Early Career Researcher eligibility has been clarified (see section 5·2 of the Announcement of Opportunity document for details).

NERC invites applications from PhD students and early career researchers (ECRs) to apply for a research internship that will provide an opportunity to carry out pilot-scale research projects relating to the UK Geoenergy Observatories.

Research internships funded under this activity must support an initial pilot phase of work that could inform and/or support future proposals for larger research or fellowship proposals using the UKGEOS facilities.

Individual internships will be capped at £15,000 (at 100% of direct costs). We anticipate funding up to four applicants to this call. For PhD students, NERC will fund extension of the studentship at their current institution for the duration of the internship at standard stipend and fee rates. For ECRs, the researcher will remain employed by their academic institution and NERC will fund direct salary costs, plus national insurance and superannuation. For both PhD students and ECRs, funding is available for eligible travel and subsistence costs and minor directly incurred costs.

Further information on the call and how to apply can be found in the Announcement of Opportunity document below.

Announcement of opportunity (PDF, 100KB)

Application form (Word, 15KB)

Funding and permissions form (Word, 15KB)

Please return the completed application form along with any attachments via email to by 17:00 on 1 July 2019.

Successful applicants will be notified by 29 July 2019 at the latest.

Research internships assessment panel membership:

  • Dr Weihao Zhong, NERC (Panel Chair)
  • Professor Tim Cockerill, University of Leeds
  • Professor David Manning, Newcastle University
  • Dr Katrien Van Landeghem, Bangor University
  • Dr Mike Spence, British Geological Survey
  • Ms Rachel Leader, NERC (Panel Secretary)

Panel outcome

The following applicants were successful in being awarded a research internship:

  • Mr Steven Beynon, University of Liverpool
  • Ms Rebecca Chambers, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Mike Chandler, University of Manchester
  • Dr Laura Newsome, University of Exeter