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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 Academic year 2022/23 is now open at UCL.

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 is 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.

Partial or full funding may be available for EU or international applicants with an exceptional academic record.

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: Recruitment for Loughborough University is currently closed. For projects of particular current interest see the “Projects seeking applications” (below). 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 to Civ.Eng.Pgr@lboro.ac.uk.

The four-year studentship is intended to start by 1 October 2022 and provides a tax-free stipend of £15,609* a year for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the home rate. Opportunities for non-UK applicants are very limited.

*Awards increase every year. The levels given here are for 2021 to 2022.

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. The difference between home and international fees cannot be met by the ERBE CDT. Further information about funding eligibility can be found on the UKRI website.

Applying to UCL: Recruitment at UCL is NOW open for the 2022/23 academic year.

UCL is now accepting general applications for ERBE CDT. This is a two-stage process

Stage 1:

Please submit the following pre-application documents :

  • a CV and a Covering Letter to bseer.erbecdt@ucl.ac.uk by Sunday, 16 January 2022 23:59PM (UK time). Your covering letter should clearly state why you wish to apply to the ERBE CDT and how your interests and experience relate to one or more of the ERBE research themes.
  • Complete the CDT recruitment EPSRC fees eligibility and EDI questionnaire via the linked Microsoft Forms.

Stage 2:

  • Your submitted documents will be considered for individual ERBE PhD Projects. If there is a good match between your background and qualifications and the objectives of one of our future projects, we will invite you to submit a supplementary motivational letter stating why you might wish to be considered for the project and the relevance of your own skills and experience for it.

The individual projects will be advertised on a rolling basis as they are agreed with supervisors and stakeholders. These will have their own application deadline.

The 4-year studentship is intended to start in September/October 2022 and provides a tax-free stipend of approx. £19,100* (UCL rate) a year for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at UK rate.

*Awards increase every year. The levels given here are for Academic Year 2021/22.

Informal enquiries can also be sent to the following email address: bseer.erbecdt@ucl.ac.uk. We can record your interest, add you to our mailing list and contact you when applications open for available projects for academic year 2022/23.

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 ERBE@ucc.ie. 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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