Applications to the ARIES Doctoral Training Partnership will open in October 2018
Following confirmation of funding from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), applications for the first cohort of ARIES students will open in October 2018.
Additional funding for highly numerate students
ARIES encourages excellent graduates from numerate degree subjects, but limited undergraduate/graduate backgrounds in environmental sciences, to consider undertaking a PhD in the environmental sciences. This seeks to build on NERC’s Research Experience Placement (REP) scheme, although applicants need not have previously participated in a REP to qualify.
To be considered under this scheme you do not need to take any additional action over and above making an application to the DTP in the usual way, although if you wish to be considered for this funding, you should make clear in your application what strengths make you suitable for consideration for the particular project(s) you are applying for. Consideration of awards will be carried out after shortlisted candidates have been interviewed in February 2019. No pre-judgement will be made in advance of that time.
Successful candidates will be informed that they are being offered a 3.75-year (i.e., 3 years and 9 month) studentship instead of the standard 3.5 years in their offer letter.
Those accepting such an award will be expected to carry out advanced level training in the first 3-9 months of their Studentship. This can comprise attendance at Masters level or Honours level modules from the HEI of registration or, where available, at that of another ARIES partner; or it could consist of external advanced level courses intended for those at postgraduate level (e.g. NERC Advanced Training Short Courses, Summer Schools of learned societies, etc.), or a mixture of both. The expected level of training is that typical of a semester of academic courses taken by a final year undergraduate. Attendance at such courses will require approval of the module director.
It is not intended that candidates will be assessed in their academic courses, but they may wish to carry out coursework as valuable formative exercises. Evidence of attendance may, however, be required, so copies of attendance sheets should be provided.
This scheme does not alleviate the candidate of the necessity of undertaking all mandatory institutional and ARIES induction activities and Winter/Summer Schools.
There is no direct provision of costs for travel or course fees to attend such courses, but ARIES PGRs have a small annual UK travel budget that can be used, and requests for further funding will be considered by ARIES on a case-by-case basis.
The additional 3 months funding may be revoked by the ARIES Board if there is insufficient evidence of adequate engagement with the additional training.
ARIES studentships are usually for 3.5 years, and include (subject to eligibility and satisfactory progress):
Full tuition fees at RCUK rates (currently £4,195 per annum)
Stipend at standard RCUK rates (currently £14,553 per annum, tax-free).
Research Training Support Grant (‘RTSG’; amount dependent on project).
CASE studentships carry additional funding of at least £1,000 per year, which is provided by the CASE partner. These funds are added to the RTSG and can be spent on research and training costs related to the PhD.
Most studentships awarded by ARIES are NERC studentships.
If you have any questions about the admissions process, please contact the DTP administrators, David and Alison, at firstname.lastname@example.org