Sustaining the World’s freshwater ecosystems, while meeting the water demands of a growing population, will require a new brand of intellectually mobile and agile problem solvers.
The NERC Centre for Doctoral Training in Freshwater Bioscience and Sustainability, led by Cardiff University in partnership with the Universities of Bath, Bristol and Exeter, plus the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and the British Geological Society (BGS) aims to train future leaders with the skills necessary to address the challenges facing the sustainability of freshwater ecosystems.
There are 12 fully-funded studentships available across the partnership each year, giving students the opportunity to become part of the wider GW4 Water Security Alliance .
The GW4 FRESH CDT draws on a critical mass of internationally recognised scientists, including empiricists, experimentalists, modellers, and theoreticians in the field of freshwater bioscience and sustainability across levels of organisation from genes to ecosystems, and from microcosm to continental scales.
Our Common ethos is to provide a world-class research and training environment for these formative years of a career.
GW4 FRESH is about choosing real life problems –which students will tackle with their academic supervisors but also with a stakeholder partner.
GW4 FRESH is about an integrated approach to freshwater bioscience training – this means training in skills necessary to tackle the sustainability of freshwater ecosystems for the first 6 months, and also training across multiple disciplines, throughout the PhD, so that each student has both in depth expertise and a breadth of experience across all the key challenges identified by FRESH.
GW4 FRESH is about access to a unique pool of experts– so that the student will have flexibility in project progression after 6 months.
GW4 FRESH is about employability – our doctoral academies are now all coordinated and aligned to Vitae under the GW4 agreements.
Twelve fully funded studentships are available for an October 2018 start. Duration of PhD is 3.5 years with an option for part-time study up to 7 years.
Studentship incudes fees, a full RCUK stipend and a Research Training and support grant. Only UK students or EU students who meet the RCUK residency requirements may apply.
Applications close on 15 February 2018. For more information on the projects available and the application process visit www.gw4fresh.co.uk