Doctoral training partnerships (DTPs)

Doctoral training partnerships (DTPs) provide excellent postgraduate research opportunities within the NERC science remit as well as varied professional and technical skills and personal development training.

DTP postgraduate training is delivered in collaboration with partners from a wide range of backgrounds, including industry, specialist research organisations, charities, non governmental organisations, government bodies and many more, to ensure NERC DTP students are equipped with the skills and experiences to allow them to become world-leaders in their chosen careers.

NERC completed a mid-term evaluation of its first DTP investment. For more details on the objectives, framework and timescale of this evaluation, please visit the DTP evaluation page.

Current funding opportunities

NERC commissioned its second round of doctoral training partnership investment (DTP2) through a fully open competitive call launched in January 2018. This call is now closed, full funding outcomes can be found on the DTP2 page.

Summary

DTPs are held by higher education institutions either alone or as a consortium with other eligible research organisations and partners. NERC doctoral training partnerships host NERC funded, and potentially other, PhD students undertaking research in any area of the NERC science remit over a number of annual cohorts.

DTPs provide excellent postgraduate research opportunities as well as varied professional and technical skills and personal development training. Training delivered through DTPs can be drawn from any part of the NERC science remit and research topics are chosen by students and supervisors. This training plays a key part in maintaining the breadth and diversity of our research base and in ensuring that as a community we are responsive to new ideas.

Funding awarded

The first phase of NERC DTPs, Doctoral Training Partnerships 1 (DTP1), invested in five annual student intakes between 2014 and 2018. A total of 15 DTPs were awarded. The second phase of NERC DTPs, Doctoral Training Partnerships 2 (DTP2), invested in five annual student intakes between 2019 and 2023. A total of 17 DTPs were awarded.

Further information on each DTP call can be seen on their relevant pages.

Eligibility

  • NERC doctoral training partnerships are discovery science (responsive mode) schemes.
  • This competition is currently closed and applications will not be accepted.

Current DTP allocations

Further information regarding NERC's DTPs can be found in the 'DTP awards and partnerships' document available from the Downloads section on this page. The list of awarded DTPs can be found on the relevant DTP1 or DTP2 page and in the prospective students section.

The Environmental Research Doctoral Training Partnership, led by the University of Oxford, has produced a helpful guide for applicants considering applying to NERC DTPs, 'Doctoral Training in Environmental Research in the UK' - external link.