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Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment

Now Recruiting to 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. We invite students from a broad range of academic backgrounds to apply for our 4-year taught and research PhD scholarships.

We are currently offering six specific PhD projects, where the successful applicants will complete their research at Durham University, following their initial PG-Dip year in Hull. For more information, please see the individual project links:

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 offshore wind 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 access to world-leading research and development facilities in both academic and industry 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.

Find out more about the Aura CDT:

Funding and eligibility

For these specific research projects, we welcome applications from Home students with either a First-class honours degree, or a 2:1 and a Masters in the subjects specified in the relevant project description.

Aura CDT scholarships cover fees plus a stipend set at UKRI nationally agreed rates, in 2022/23 £16,062 pa for full-time students (subject to progression). Click for eligibility information.

Part-time students are welcome.


Please apply by 6 June 2022 for these six research projects. Recruitment will reopen in Autumn 2022 for Cohort 5 scholarship students starting September 2023. Visit the Aura CDT website for more information and how to apply.

Find out more

Or for more information about PhD Scholarships with the Aura CDT watch a recording of our recent webinar, or call +44(0)1482 463331.

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