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Envision NERC DTP

Applications for 2024 entry are now open

The Envision Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) brings together a group of UK researchers with industry and non-governmental organisation (NGO) partners to train a new generation of environmental scientists, providing the skills, knowledge and experience essential for solving the challenges of a changing world. Funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) which is part of UK Research and Innovation(UKRI); Lancaster University leads this initiative in collaboration with the Universities of Nottingham and Bangor, the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, the British Geological Survey and Rothamsted Research. Envision also partners with large multinationals, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and international research centres.

We aim to recruit 20 students this year to our DTP and would love to invite you to join us. As a doctoral student in Envision you will be provided with a multidisciplinary research training environment, with supervisors working at the forefront of environmental research. You will have the opportunity to work with multiple research organisations, businesses and a wide cohort of peers, offering the potential for new science and collaborations.

How to apply

Further information about Envision can be found here and you can apply here. You can only apply for one Envision project.

Envision projects will commence in October 2024. The deadline for applications is 10thJanuary 2024.


We offer fully funded 3.5-year studentships.

  • A tax-free stipend is paid at the standard UKRI rate; £18,622pa in 2023/24.
  • All university fees are paid (subject to eligibility criteria outlined below).
  • A Research and Training Grant of £8,750 over the 3.5 year studentship, is provided to fund research, conference attendance and networking. Opportunities to bid for additional funding will be available.
  • All Envision projects can be undertaken on either a Full Time or Part Time (minimum of 0.5 FTE) basis.


Envision DTP complies with UKRI and NERC guidelines. Please refer to the UKRI Full Eligibility Criteria alongside the information provided below. All projects may be applied for on a full or part time basis.

    Applicants must have or expect to have, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject to the project applied for. Individual projects may have additional requirements.

    Home students
    Fully-funded studentships are available for Home students. To be classed as a Home student, candidates must meet the following criteria:

    • be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or
    • have settled status, or
    • have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirement) or
    • have indefinite leave to remain or enter

    International students
    If you do not meet the above criteria, you will be classed as an international student. International students are eligible to apply for all Envision funded studentships.

    Envision DTP is open to international applicants as per UKRI guidance, however there is a cap on annual intake for internationals (maximum 30% of intake). Successful international Post Graduate Research Students in Envision receive the same funding as home students and are not expected to contribute to the fee themselves.

Training and development

Envision provides training that will support you in developing your research skills. These skills, honed alongside the experience gained working with the UK’s leading scientists and our partner businesses, will benefit your future career. Envision’s training provision includes workshops, online courses and cross-institutional activities. In addition, you will have the opportunity to apply for a placement to gain employment experience.

If you have any queries, please get in touch with the Envision team.

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Lancaster University Projects

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Bangor University Projects

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University of Nottingham Projects

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Rothamsted Research Projects

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British Geological Survey Projects

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UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology - Lancaster Projects

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UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology - Bangor Projects

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UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology - Wallingford

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