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Energy Resilience and the Built Environment (ERBE CDT) fully funded PhDs at Loughborough, UCL (UK) and MaREI (IRL)

Energy Resilience and the Built Environment: Fully funded PhDs

Recruitment for October 2022 is now open at Loughborough University.

The programme of study:

The ERBE Centre for Doctoral Training provides four-year (FT) PhD training at either Loughborough, UCL or MaREI in one of three themes:

  1. Flexibility and resilience: the interaction between buildings and the whole supply system, through new generation and storage technology.
  2. Technology and system performance: demand reduction and decarbonisation of the built environment through design, construction methods, technological innovation, monitoring and regulation.
  3. Comfort, health and well-being: buildings and energy systems that create productive work environments and affordable, clean, safe homes.

Funded students will receive a tax-free stipend, plus UK fees for four years (conditions apply). Part-time study is also possible.

Further information about the ERBE CDT can be found here:

Who we are looking for:

Applications are invited from graduates with a good first degree (first or 2:1) in one of the following areas: physics, mathematics, engineering, chemistry, natural sciences, materials science, data analytics, computer science, statistics, social science, architecture or other building and energy-related disciplines.

Applicants with other relevant qualifications or extensive relevant industry experience who can show evidence of a scientific and engineering research capability may also apply.

Loughborough University and UCL offer a stipend and fees to all eligible students with the above or equivalent qualifications.

MaREI offers funding to UK, EU and overseas students.

Any applicant who is self-funded, in receipt of an independent scholarship, or who is fully industry-funded is also welcome to apply; this should be indicated clearly on your application form.

All applicants must meet the minimum language requirements of the relevant organisation.

How and when to apply

Applying to Loughborough: submit your application, including an outline research proposal by 23:59 on 15th June 2022. For projects of particular current interest see the “Projects seeking applications” on this page: Applications are accepted through the application portal here. When prompted, select the programme ‘Energy Resilience and the Built Environment’, then ‘EPSRC CDT Energy Resilience in the Built Environment’ and quote advert reference ERBE22. For guidance with the application process, please see here.

Informal enquiries can be sent to:

The four-year studentship is intended to start by 1 October 2022 and provides a tax-free stipend of £17,562* a year for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the home rate. During the current round of recruitment, we are able to consider applications from international students, although places are extremely limited.

* This amount includes £16,062 UKRI funding plus £1,500 top-up from the School. Awards increase every year. The levels given here are for 2022 to 2023.

We also accept applications from those who wish to self-fund, are in receipt of an independent scholarship, or are fully industry-funded; this must be indicated clearly on your application. Further information about funding eligibility can be found on the UKRI website:

Applying to UCL: Recruitment at UCL is now CLOSED.

UCL was recruiting for specific research projects in the three themes of ERBE.

Informal enquiries email can be sent to

Applying to MaREI: MaREI will be recruiting for research projects in the three themes of ERBE. Our recruitment will be on a rolling basis and open positions will be advertised here. To register your interest and to make informal enquiries, email You will be contacted when positions are available.

Join us and help make a difference!

We do not accept applications outside of the main recruitment phases or by CV only. Follow us on Twitter: @ERBECDT.

Energy Resilience and the Built Environment (ERBE CDT) fully funded PhDs at Loughborough, UCL (UK) and MaREI (IRL)

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