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Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment

Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment (ACCE)

Universities of York, Sheffield, Liverpool and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

This NERC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) brings together the best in environmental, ecological and evolutionary research across the Universities of York, Sheffield, Liverpool and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment

At York the partnership involves researchers at the Departments of Biology, Environment, Archaeology and Chemistry.

It offers projects in four main areas: Ecosystem Services, Climate Change, Biodiversity and Evolution.

This DTP offers projects aligned with the grand challenges in environmental research: securing ecosystem services and environmental resources; predicting and mitigating impacts of climate change; understanding the dynamics of biodiversity; and mechanisms of evolutionary change. This year we are offering 9 Biology projects which the lead supervisor is based in York Biology.


The studentships are fully funded for 3.5 years and students must complete their PhD in four years. The studentships cover: (i) a tax-free annual stipend at the standard Research Council rate (£14,533 for 2017-2018, to be confirmed for 2018-2019 but typically increases annually in line with inflation), (ii) research costs, and (iii) tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. Studentships can be extended for another six months on a case-by-case basis: for example 3 months extra funding is guaranteed if students opt to take a 3 month internship during their PhD.


The studentships are available to UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements. Students from EU countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award. Further information about eligibility for Research Council UK funding.

Entry requirements

Students with, or expecting to gain, at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree, or equivalent, are invited to apply.

Your background

The interdisciplinary nature of this programme means that we welcome applications from students with backgrounds in any relevant subject that provides the necessary skills, knowledge and experience for the DTP, including environmental, biological, chemical, mathematical, physical and social sciences.

Closing date for applications: Sunday 7 January 2018 at 23h59min.

For information and how to apply:

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