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Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

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 Doctoral Training Partnerships in the UK, ARIES will equip the next generation of environmental scientists with the knowledge and tools to better understand and manage our planet by:

  • Developing multiple cohorts of scientists with advanced skills and knowledge, multidisciplinary outlooks, and substantial potential to operate successfully across all postgraduate career options;
  • Assembling a diverse and integrated training partnership that enables our research students to address priority topics in environmental sciences through cutting-edge and world-leading research;
  • Training all of our research students to understand modern methods of data management, interrogation, analysis, and presentation; from bioinformatics to artificial intelligence;
  • 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 2020.

The projects below are available for applications at Kent:

Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, Kent

Dr Jake Bicknell
After the gold rush: vertebrate communities in abandoned gold mines and implications for restoration

Professor Jim Groombridge
How does supplemental feeding effect demography and reproductive fitness in endangered bird species on Mauritius?

Dr Nick Isaac
Patterns and process in population trends of UK herpetofauna

Full details of the projects can be found on the ARIES website.

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)


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

How to apply

Candidates should apply for a PhD place at Kent by 7th January 2020 by 12 noon 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 above 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 31st January 2020 at the University of Kent. Successful nominees will then participate in the second round of interviews, with the Aries panel, on 18th/19th February 2020 (venue TBC).

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]


The deadline for applications to be submitted to the University of Kent is 7 January 2020 by 12 noon.

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