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EnvEast DTP is REGENERATING into the ARIES Doctoral Training Partnership!

Applictions for entry in 2019 are now open and you can browse the studentships available on the ARIES website.

Applications to the ARIES Doctoral Training Partnership must be received by 23:59 on 8 January 2019; interviews will take place on 26/27 February 2019.

How to apply

  1. Check your eligibility for a NERC studentship. Most UK/EU nationals who have been resident in the UK for three years or more are eligible for a full studentship.
  2. Choose up to three ARIES PhD projects to apply for.
  3. Contact the supervisor(s). It is recommended that you make contact with potential supervisors before applying, to discuss the project and your application in detail.
  4. You will need to prepare the following for your application:
  • Scanned copies of your official degree transcript(s) and certificate(s). If the originals are not in English, you will need to provide official translations. If you have not yet graduated, you should be able to obtain an interim transcript showing the results from your degree to date.
  • A personal statement giving your reasons for applying for your chosen PhD project. You may wish to give details about your academic/professional background, your future career plans, etc. You should also include details of the qualifications, skills and experience that you feel make you a good candidate for this specific PhD project. You might also include a details of any specific training you might need to successfully complete the project, and to become a successful researcher.
  • We suggest you also include a CV. This might include, for example, any publications or conferences attended, any professional qualifications, etc.
  • You will need to provide the details of at least two people who can provide a reference in support of your application. At least one of these must be able to provide an academic reference. You should approach your referees in advance with details of the project(s) you are applying for, and inform them of the deadline for applications.
  • If English is not your first language, and you hold an English qualification such as IELTS, then please provide a copy of the certificate with your application.


Once you have these documents ready, apply to the appropriate university of registration (see ARIES website for more information)


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