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Applications to the EnvEast Doctoral Training Partnership are now closed for entry in autumn 2018.

Applications to the EnvEast Doctoral Training Partnership are now closed for autumn 2018 entry.The application deadline was 23:59 on 8 January 2018; interviews will take place on 12/13 February 2018.

New for 2018 entry

We are piloting a new scheme for 2018 entry, by which candidates who are graduates of quantitative degrees but who do not have prior experience of study in the environmental sciences may be awarded an additional 3 months of studentship funding. This scheme seeks to build on NERC’s Research Experience Placements scheme.

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 EnvEast 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:

   University of East AngliaUniversity of EssexUniversity of Kent

What happens after you submit your application?

Supervisors are encouraged to contact candidates for their project after the application deadline to discuss their application. Supervisors will then nominate one or two candidates to be put forward for formal interview by the DTP. You will be contacted with the initial outcome of your application as soon as possible after the deadline.

Applicants to the University of Kent will be interviewed there on Friday 19 January, prior to being nominated for interview by EnvEast.

EnvEast's interview days will take place at the University of East Anglia and University of Essex (TBC) on 12/13 February 2018. Panels are arranged thematically and are usually composed of three representatives from the institutes making up the Doctoral Training Partnership.

The EnvEast Management Board will meet on 21 February 2018 to consider the reports from the interview panels and to make the final selections of candidates for studentships; candidates will be informed of the final outcome of their application and interview as soon as possible after this date.

The deadline for accepting an EnvEast studentship in 2018/19 will be midday on Wednesday 14 March 2018, in accordance with the agreed universal acceptance deadline across NERC DTPs and CDTs.


EnvEast 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 EnvEast are NERC studentships.


If you have any questions about the admissions process, please contact the DTP administrators, David and Alison, at