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Cambridge NERC Doctoral Training Partnerships

Graduate Research Opportunities

How to apply

From 2019 onwards the University of Cambridge will offer 12 3.5 year NERC-funded PhD studentships through the Cambridge Climate, Life, Earth, Atmospheric and Climate (C-CLEAR) DTP each year, to start the following October.

How to apply:

1) Take a look at the projects on offer and make contact with the lead supervisor for those that particularly interest you, as our prospective supervisors can often provide useful advice and information about the project. We are also happy to devise a project with you if you have research interests that we share; again you should get in touch with your prospective supervisor before applying.

There are several ways to search:1) by broad theme (Climate Change and Environmental Processes, Biology and Conservation or Solid Earth and Geological Hazards); 2) by staff member/department (Staff Directory); or 3) by searching for keyword (e.g. 'Geography' or 'Greenland').

2) Before completing the application, please read the following points:

Are you eligible to apply for admission?

Competition for admission to the University of Cambridge graduate programme is intense. We require our graduate entrants to have:

  1. at least a 2.1 in an Honours degree from a UK University or equivalent standard from an EU or Overseas University (e.g. CGPA 3.5/4.0) in a relevant subject (but see funding information).
  2. two outstanding academic references, please see the graduate prospectus pages below for more details (We advise that you request these well in advance of the application deadline)
  3. fluency in the English language - full information on the University's requirements can viewed here.

For more details of the University's academic requirements see the University's Graduate Admissions pages.

3) Once you are ready to apply please go to the University's Applicant Portal.

Before you start your application, please note the following:

Research section: When prompted to add 'Research Title' please add the C-CLEAR DTP project code(s) and title(s). For Research Supervisor, add the name of the Lead Supervisor(s).

There is no need to repeat the project description we have written here, but feel free to use the space to describe your motivation for applying for the project(s) you have chosen.

(If applying to the Department of Chemistry you may not see a research section; please indicate your interest in the NERC DTP via the course specific questions about research; please use this section to indicate the C-CLEAR DTP project code, title and supervisor that you wish to work with).

Finance section: If you wish to be considered for DTP funding, please select 'no' when asked 'Do you have, or have you applied for, any funding for this course?'

Funding application: Please select 'yes' when asked 'Do you wish to be considered for funding, including merit based scholarships?'.

4) Timeline:

A) The deadline / closing date for applications is noon on Thursday 3rd January 2019. All supporting documentation including references must be submitted by this date. (We would advise that you request references as soon as possible and not submit your application until all your supporting documents are available. You may start/save your application and return to it as often as you wish as long as you submit your application prior to the application deadline).

B) It is anticipated that shortlisted candidates will be called for interview in Cambridge, which will take place between 25 February and 1 March 2019.

C) Offers will be communicated starting in late February with decisions to be made by the Universal Acceptance Date agreed by NERC of Wednesday 20 March 2019.

If you have any questions, we're happy to help. Contact Yvonne Gibbs, C-CLEAR DTP Administrator at or the Graduate Administrators for your chosen project(s).