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Energy Futures

Energy Futures (Advert Reference: MRDF22/EE/EF/BEATTIE)

As part of our continued commitment to research excellence, Northumbria University is offering studentships aligned to each of our Multidisciplinary Research Themes (MDRTs) 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.

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);
  • the EPSRC-ISCF North East Centre for Energy Materials (NECEM);
  • 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 2022. 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 and How to Apply:

Each studentship supports a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (for 2021/22 full-time study this is £15,609 per year) and full tuition fees. UK and international (including EU) candidates may apply.

Studentships are available for applicants who wish to study on a part-time basis over 5 years (0.6 FTE, stipend £9,365 per year and full tuition fees) in combination with work or personal responsibilities.

Please also read the full funding notes which include advice for international and part-time applicants.

Please note eligibility requirement:

  • 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 currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere or if they have previously been awarded a PhD.

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

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference MRDF22/EE/EF/BEATTIE will not be considered.

Deadline for applications: 18th February 2022

Start Date: 1st October 2022

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff and students. We welcome applications from all members of the community.

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