UK/EU students

IAPETUS NERC PhD Studentships – Geography, Natural and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Statistics and Physics, Civil Engineering, Computing, and Geoscience

Value of award

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and an annual tax-free stipend (or living expenses) of £14,553 (subject to Research Council UK increase for 2018/19 entry). Extensive research support funding is also offered.

Number of awards

12 PhD studentships offered across all partner institutions.

Start date and duration

September/ October 2018, normally for 3.5 years.

Application closing date

19 January 2018.


The IAPETUS Doctoral Training Partnership (DTPis funded and accredited by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). It is a joint venture between the leading research universities of Durham, Newcastle, Glasgow, St Andrews and Stirling, together with the British Geological Survey and The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

IAPETUS’ training and research is focused around a number of interdisciplinary clusters of internationally recognised excellence, which span the environmental and Earth sciences:

Information about the current projects being offered by Newcastle University can be found on the IAPETUS website.

It is expected that projects will continue to be added until the beginning of January 2018.


Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

Name of supervisor(s)

Supervisors are listed under each project outline.

Eligibility Criteria

IAPETUS is only able to consider applications from Home/European Union candidates. International candidates are not eligible to be considered and where a candidate from another EU country has not been resident in the UK for three years or more prior to the commencement of their studies with IAPETUS, they will only be eligible for a fees only studentship.

How to apply

To apply for an IAPETUS project offered by Newcastle University you will need to:

Create a new account’ on the University's postgraduate online application system.

Under the ‘Programme of Study’ tab enter the exact name of the academic school you are applying to in the 'Enter subject area or key words’ field (this information is listed next to the project title that you are applying for).

A range of PhD options for your prospective school will then be given. Please select the first option, even it does not match your exact PhD project research area.

You will then need to add your IAPETUS project code (but without any spaces and hyphens, e.g. IAP1711) in the ‘Studentship/Partnership Reference’ field. The IAPETUS project codes are listed next to the project title that you are applying for.

In addition to completing your online application, you will also need to provide the following documentation:

Your prospective school will review your application and it will decide whether to put you forward for consideration by the IAPETUS’ Studentships Panel.

IAPETUS’ Studentships Panel will be considering applications in late February 2018 and we anticipate notifying candidates whether they have been successful by Friday, 23 February 2018.


If you have any questions about applying for IAPETUS studentships please contact your prospective school or IAPETUS directly at the following:

Eligible Courses