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Envision brings together a powerful group of UK researchers with 44 industry and NGO partners

Developing next generation leaders in environmental science

Envision brings together a powerful group of UK researchers with industry and NGO partners to provide a new generation of environmental scientists with the skills, knowledge and experience they need to take on the challenges of a changing world. Funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Lancaster University is leading the initiative which brings together the Universities of Nottingham and Bangor, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, the British Geological Survey and Rothamsted Research. The initiative also involves large multinationals, a large number of SMEs and international research centres.

Students will benefit from broad research themes, access to leading world experts, close ties with business, relevant work experience and leadership training. ENVISION aims to develop a cohort of doctoral researchers capable of conducting world-class research that delivers knowledge, innovation and new insights and who have the necessary tools, approaches and competencies to lead in their chosen field, whether it be academia, industry, public or third sector.

Further information on training at


Projects are in the broad research themes of

  • Environmental Change
  • Environmental Hazards and Risks
  • Sustainable Use of Natural Resources

Further information about the projects can be found here, including details on how to apply and the application form.

Funding: The studentships are fully funded, with a stipend of £14,777 (2018/19 rate) tax-free and UK/EU tuition fees per year and a research and training grant to support the project. Usually a studentship is for 3.5 years.

Full studentships are available to UK and EU candidates who have been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the 3-year period immediately preceding the date of an award. EU candidates who have not been ordinarily resident in the UK for the last 3 years are eligible for "tuition fees-only" awards (no maintenance grant). Unfortunately studentships are not available to International students.

Academic requirements: First-class or 2.1 (Hons) degree or Masters degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject.

Deadline for applications: Sunday 27th January 2019

More information about Envision can be found at

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Deadline for applications: 14th January 2015.

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