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Energy Futures

Energy Futures (Advert Reference: IDRT23/EE/EF/BEATTIE)

As part of our continued commitment to research excellence, Northumbria University is offering studentships aligned to each of our Interdisciplinary Research Themes (IDRTs) Energy Futures is a diverse and inclusive multidisciplinary research community at Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne that is driven by the need to achieve research impact on a 5-10 year timescale in order to significantly reduce global carbon dioxide emissions. This opportunity is only open to Home students.

The priority areas of research for the Energy Futures research community include energy materials, photovoltaics, batteries, manufacturing, sustainable fuels, heat, electrical power and control, design and the built environment. Furthermore, the overlap of these priority areas with techno- and socio-economics is also important because achieving net zero carbon emissions is an inherently multidisciplinary challenge.

Energy Futures builds on research excellence at Northumbria University including:

  • the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Renewable Energy Northeast Universities (ReNU);
  • Northumbria University Photovoltaics research group; and
  • the Renewable Energy Technologies and Materials Research Group.

Energy Futures now invites applications for a funded PhD scholarship starting in October 2023. This project may be in any of the priority areas listed above and Energy Futures welcomes informal conversations with the participating academics. In the first instance please contact Professor Neil Beattie at:

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
  • Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
  • Applicants cannot apply for this funding if they are already a PhD holder or if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere.

Please note this opportunity is only available to Home students, meaning applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

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

How to Apply

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see

For applications to be considered for interview, please include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words and the advert reference (e.g. RDF23/…).

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 2nd May 2023

Start date of course: 1st October 2023

Northumbria University is committed to creating an inclusive culture where we take pride in, and value, the diversity of our doctoral students. We encourage and welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds a bronze Athena Swan award in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality, we are a Disability Confident Employer, a member of the Race Equality Charter and are participating in the Stonewall Diversity Champion Programme. We also hold the HR Excellence in Research award for implementing the concordat supporting the career Development of Researchers.