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, NGOs, 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.
Current funding opportunities
NERC commissioned its second round of Doctoral Training Partnership investment (DTP2) through a fully open competitive call launched in January 2018.
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.
Through DTP1, funding for 240 notional studentships was awarded per annum for five NERC-funded studentship cohort intakes into the DTPs from October 2014. This funding supports the students' stipends, fees and RTSG and allows for training opportunities to develop the technical skills, professional skills and experience of students at each DTP. Each DTP must ensure, over the five years of student starts, that 30% of their total NERC-funded studentships are CASE (collaborative) studentships.
- NERC doctoral training partnerships are discovery science (responsive mode) schemes.
- This competition is currently closed and applications will not be accepted.
Current DTP allocations
NERC DTPs award studentships on behalf of NERC and the DTPs themselves should be contacted for all studentship queries. The DTPs oversee the entire process of awarding PhD studentships and award studentships at their own discretion. Please do not contact NERC for information concerning applying for studentships.
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 below 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'.
|DTP name||DTP administrative lead organisation||Partner UK HEIs||Name of lead applicant||Nominal total number of studentship awards per year|
|CENTA - external link||Birmingham||Leicester, Loughborough, Open and Warwick||Dr James Bendle||12|
|GW4+ DTP - external link||Bristol||Exeter, Cardiff and Bath||Professor Paul Valdes||28|
|The Cambridge NERC Earth Systems Science DTP - external link||Cambridge||None||Professor Eric Wolff||15|
|IAPETUS - external link||Durham||Newcastle, Glasgow, Stirling and St Andrews||Professor John Wainwright||12|
|E3: Edinburgh Earth & Environment DTP - external link||Edinburgh||None||Professor Simon Mudd||18|
|Science & Solutions for a Changing Planet - external link||Imperial College||None||Professor Joanna Haigh||15|
|Envision - external link||Lancaster||Bangor and Nottingham||Professor Nick Ostle||12|
|Spheres DTP - external link||Leeds||York||Dr Sebastian Rost||15|
|Manchester & Liverpool DTP - external link||Manchester||Liverpool||Professor Geraint Vaughan||12|
|NERC Oxford DTP in Environmental Research - external link||Oxford||None||Professor David Pyle||24|
|SCENARIO - external link||Reading||Surrey||Dr John Methven||12|
|ACCE - external link||Sheffield||Liverpool and York||Professor Michael Siva-Jothy||14|
|SPITFIRE - external link||Southampton||None||Professor Martin Palmer||15|
|London NERC DTP - external link||UCL||Birkbeck, Brunel, King's College, Queen Mary and Royal Holloway||Professor Mark Maslin||24|
|EnvEast - external link||UEA||Essex and Kent||Professor Bill Sturges||12|