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Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment (ACCE) DTP

Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment (ACCE) DTP

Partners: Universities of Liverpool, Sheffield and York, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and Natural History Museum (NHM)

This NERC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) brings together the best in environmental, ecological and evolutionary research across the Universities of Liverpool, Sheffield, York, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, and the Natural History Museum.

The ACCE DTP PhD programme offers projects aligned with the grand challenges in environmental research under four foci:

  1. Securing ecosystems and their natural capital;
  2. Predicting and mitigating impacts of environmental change;
  3. Understanding the dynamics of biodiversity;
  4. Investigating mechanisms of evolutionary change: genes to communities.

This year we are offering 22 competition funded PhDs. To apply, you need to identify a research project that suits you to ensure a proper match between your research interests and your prospective supervisors.

Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment (ACCE) DTP


Studentships are fully funded for 3.5 years. The studentships cover: (i) an annual tax-free stipend at the standard Research Council rate (at least £15,009 for 2019-20; to be confirmed for 2020-21), (ii) research costs, and (iii) tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. Studentships can be extended on a case-by-case basis: for example, three months’ extra funding is guaranteed if students opt to take a three-month placement during their PhD.

Key dates

  • Application deadline – 8th January 2020
  • Interviews will take place week commencing 10th February 2020
  • NERC Universal Acceptance Date – 18th March 2020.


ACCE studentships are available to UK and EU applicants. Residency rules apply. Because of our flexible funding sources, EU applicants can be eligible for full awards covering stipend, tuition fees and Research Training Support Grant (RTSG), whether they are UK residents or not. Further information about eligibility can be found on the UKRI webpages.

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree (or equivalent international qualifications). The interdisciplinary nature of this programme means that we welcome applications from students with backgrounds in any relevant subject that provides the necessary skills, knowledge and experience for the DTP, including environmental, biological, chemical, mathematical, and physical and social sciences.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 8th January 2020

For more information and how to apply:

Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment (ACCE) DTP

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