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IAPETUS2 Doctoral Training Partnership

IAPETUS2 Doctoral Training Partnership

16+ fully funded 3.5 year PhD Studentships

IAPETUS2 is a Doctoral Training Partnership that joins the leading research universities of Durham, Glasgow, Newcastle, St Andrews, Stirling and Heriot-Watt together with the British Geological Survey, the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and the British Antarctic Survey. It is a multidisciplinary DTP, funded and accredited by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), offering PhD students a world-class environment in which to study, encompassing:

  • A range of attractive fully funded PhD studentships;
  • Supervision and support from academics and researchers who are world-leaders in their fields;
  • Tailored training and development programmes, leading to an accredited Postgraduate Certificate qualification and Mini-MBA in entrepreneurial skills;
  • Placements and internship opportunities with a wide range of end-users;
  • Access to a vast range of high-quality laboratories, facilities and resources across the partnership.

IAPETUS2 students benefit from the collaboration and knowledge exchange with industry, policy-makers and other non-academic organisations, which is at the heart of our activities. Over 30% of our studentships are CASE awards, which involve students working in close partnership with a non-academic organisation throughout their PhD and we already have over 35 external partners supporting IAPETUS2’s research, ranging from BP, to the Natural Trust for Scotland, to the Ordnance Survey.

IAPETUS2 Doctoral Training Partnership

Who should apply for an IAPETUS2 studentship?

IAPETUS2 is looking for candidates with the following qualities and backgrounds:

  • A first or 2:1 undergraduate degree, or have relevant comparable experience – we welcome applications from those with non-traditional routes to PhD study;
  • In addition, candidates may also hold or be completing a Masters degree in their area of proposed study or a related discipline;
  • An outstanding academic pedigree and research potential, such as evidenced through the publication of articles, participation in academic conferences and other similar activities.

All applicants need to meet NERC’s eligibility criteria to be considered for an IAPETUS studentship and these are detailed in the current UKRI studentship terms and conditions.

How to Apply

Prospective students must apply to the partner hosting the project(s) of their choice via the postgraduate student applications system of the partner organization. All applications must be made by the DTP deadline of Friday 18th January 2019 at 4 pm (GMT). Please note that some partners may have some earlier internal deadlines, and you are strongly encouraged to contact the supervisor of the proposed project to find out more.

For more on the application process, please see:

For the full list of projects for this year’s studentship competition, please see:

IAPETUS2 Doctoral Training Partnership

Key Dates

Friday 18th January 2019, 4 pm – Deadline for prospective students to apply for a studentship

Tuesday 19th – Wednesday 20th February 2019 – Interviews of shortlisted candidates

Friday 22nd February 2019 – All shortlisted candidates notified by IAPETUS2 of award decisions

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