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Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment

Funded PhD Studentships at the EPSRC/NERC Aura Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment

The EPSRC/NERC Aura Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment supports exceptional graduates into exciting research projects that aid the sustainable growth of the offshore wind industry.

Join a growing industry

The UK is committed to the use of offshore wind energy to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The Aura CDT enables delivery of this target by developing environmental and engineering solutions to key OSW sector challenges, supporting a sustainable future.

Supportive research environment

The Aura CDT is led by the Energy and Environment Institute at the University of Hull with partner universities Durham, Newcastle and Sheffield. It integrates the core strengths of each institution in environment, engineering and energy and also works closely with over 20 international industry partners. Students have both an academic supervisor and an industry link, giving access to world-leading research and development facilities in both environments.

Impactful research with strong industry links

Your research could make a real impact to the environmental and engineering challenges facing the offshore wind industry. All research is developed to meet industry need and we also offer Industry Scholarships, where the research proposal is predefined by a supervising industry partner. We seek high quality, innovative people whose backgrounds, experience and identity broadens and enhances the diversity of our existing team.

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Funding and eligibility

Aura CDT scholarships cover fees plus a stipend set at UKRI nationally agreed rates, circa £15,609 pa for full-time students (subject to progression). Click for eligibility information.

Part-time students are welcomed from the UK only due to Tier 4 visa requirements.


Recruitment will open in Autumn 2021 for Cohort 4, comprising around 20 funded scholarships starting September 2022. Please check back for updates, or visit the Aura CDT website for more information.

Find out more

For more information about the Aura CDT including instructions on how to apply, please visit or call
+44(0)1482 463331.

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