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Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

These scholarships include a Research Council maintenance grant of £14,777 (2018/19 rate) and cover tuition fees at the home/EU rate.

The University of Kent is proud to be part of the Advanced Research and Innovation in the Environmental Sciences (ARIES) Doctoral Training Partnership which is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). As one of 17 new Doctoral Training Partnerships in the UK, ARIES will enrol its first cohort of students in October 2019.

ARIES will equip the next generation of environmental scientists with the knowledge and tools to better understand and manage our planet by:

  1. Developing multiple cohorts of scientists with advanced skills and knowledge, multidisciplinary outlooks, and substantial potential to operate successfully across all postgraduate career options;
  2. Assembling a diverse and integrated training partnership that enables our PGRs to address priority topics in environmental sciences through cutting-edge and world-leading research;
  3. Training all of our PGRs to understand modern methods of data management, interrogation, analysis, and presentation; from bioinformatics to artificial intelligence;
  4. Ensuring our graduates engage with the interfaces between environmental science and societal needs by growing their ability to achieve non-academic impact and effective public engagement

The ARIES studentship competition is now open for entry in October 2019 and the projects below are available for applications at Kent.

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Criteria

These studentships are open to Home and EU candidates. Please see guidance on residency requirements on page 5 of the UKRI terms and conditions here.

How to apply

Candidates should apply for a PhD place at Kent by 8th January 2019 using the on-line application form, indicating the project above for which they wish to be considered:

Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, Kent

For the projects listed below apply for the PhD in Biodiversity Management.

There will be a two-stage interview process. The first round of interviews will take place on the 28th or 29th January 2019 at the University of Kent. Successful nominees will then participate in the second round of interviews, with the Aries panel, on 26th/27th February 2019 (venue TBC).

Professor Richard Griffiths

  • Patterns and process in population trends of UK herpetofauna
  • Invasive infectious disease, climate change and amphibian conservation: current and future threats to Sardinian amphibian biodiversity

Dr Matt Struebig

  • Interactions between environmental change and exploitation on tropical mammal megafauna.

Dr Jake Bicknelll

  • After the gold rush: vertebrate communities in abandoned gold mines and implications for restoration

School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science

For the projects listed below apply for the PhD in Statistics.

There will be a two-stage interview process. The first round of interviews will take place on the 31st January 2019 at the University of Kent. Successful nominees will then participate in the second round of interviews, with the Aries panel, on 26th/27th February 2019 (venue TBC).

Dr Rachel McCrea

  • Evidence based decision making for reintroduction success: translocating threatened prey reptiles into an endemic predator-packed system in Mauritius
  • Modelling butterfly abundance at varying spatial scales to inform conservation delivery

Dr Eleni Matchou

  • New statistical models for smartphone app data on recreational fishing

Please note that a formal proposal is not required as part of the application process. In the relevant field within the application form, name the project, as listed above, for which you wish to be considered.

More information is available through [email protected] or [email protected]

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

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