Advanced Training Short Courses (ATSC)

Advanced Training Short Courses support postgraduate training aimed at providing individuals with particular, specialist skills and training within the NERC science remit.

Next funding call

Call status: There are currently no training opportunities available.

Details of previous courses can be found below. This page will be updated with further opportunities.


Advanced Training: Short Courses are made to support training initiatives seeking to address identified short term skills and training gaps within the environmental sciences.

All award proposals must provide training in an area of priority training need identified by the applicant within their proposal and supported by appropriate evidence of training priority. Information concerning training currently and previously supported by this scheme is available below. In addition, information concerning the training NERC supports through its doctoral programmes is available through the individual websites of the NERC Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) linked to through the attached webpages. It is expected that applicants will not duplicate but instead complement existing the training supported through other NERC awards.

There are no mandated training delivery formats for these awards and previous initiatives have been delivered in a diverse range of formats including short courses, summer schools, workshops and webinars.

Recently funded ATSC awards

2017-18 and 2018-19 Advanced Training Short Courses list (PDF, 136KB)

2016-17 Advanced Training Short Courses list (PDF, 104KB)

2015-16 Advanced Training Short Courses list (PDF, 75KB)

2014-15 Advanced Training Short Courses list (PDF, 103KB)

2013-14 Advanced Training Short Courses list (PDF, 75KB)


For further information about this initiative, please contact .

Case study - Beth Brockett

Beth Brockett

Beth Brockett

Beth Brockett attended a NERC-funded short course during her 3rd year as an interdisciplinary NERC PhD postgraduate at Lancaster University. Her research focuses on mapping carbon and nitrogen storage on farms in Cumbria using field measurements alongside ethnographic data to understand the farm environment.

Beth attended two courses funded by NERC as part of the 2013-14 Advanced Training Short Courses competition and has since found the skills and training she received to be highly useful whilst continuing her PhD research. In addition to providing in-demand postgraduate skills training, Beth thought the courses were a great way to meet other researchers from both her subject areas as well those from different backgrounds.

Beth commented:

I highly recommend attending one of the NERC-funded short courses if at all possible. The course I attended in Statistics using R, in particular, was incredibly good. The course format, literature and resources along with lots of demonstrator support made it a great course - particularly the post course support available. I also found it really useful for networking and meeting other researchers.