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Cambridge NERC Doctoral Training Partnerships

Graduate Research Opportunities

UK (home) students will be eligible for a full NERC studentship. More information can be via the University's website and the UKRI Training Grant Guide. A full studentship will cover the cost of fees and the student will receive the standard NERC maintenance allowance (for 2023/24 this is £18,622 pa).

The C-CLEAR NERC DTP will be able to offer a limited number of studentships to international students (EU and non-EU), and funding from UKRI will cover both fees at the UK rate and a stipend to support living costs. The take-up of an offer from C-CLEAR may be subject to students obtaining additional funding to cover the difference between the home fee and the international fee, and for this reason we strongly recommend that international students make clear on their Cambridge application form that they wish to be considered for other funding (such as the Cambridge Commonwealth, European & International Trust) as well as the DTP in order to bridge this gap.

Please note that most EU, EEA and Swiss students commencing their studies from October 2021 will now be classified with ‘overseas’ fee status.

There are some exceptions to this, and subject to satisfying the legislative requirements (including residency requirements), the following students will usually still qualify for ‘home’ fee status:

  • Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland;
  • Those EEA (or Swiss nationals) who have been granted settled status or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS);
  • EEA and Swiss nationals (and family members) with a right to reside in Gibraltar arising from the Withdrawal Agreements.

Further details are available on the University's fee status page.

*CASE* (Collaborative awards in science and engineering)

CASE studentships (Collaborative awards in science and engineering) provide doctoral students with a first-rate, challenging research training experience within the context of a mutually beneficial research collaboration between academic and non-academic partner organisations.

NERC permits Doctoral Training Partnerships to award a number of its studentships as CASE studentships.

NERC require the CASE partner to supplement the studentship by paying at least £1000 per year to the lead Research Organisation for the duration of the studentship, and to meet the extra expenses incurred by students visiting and working in their establishments. They are also expected to contribute in cash or in kind towards necessary materials.

The student must spend between three and eighteen months in total with their CASE partner in a workplace outside the academic environment.