Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

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How to apply

Candidates should apply using the online application form, indicating the project above for which they wish to be considered by midnight 10th January 2024.

You will need to upload:

  • CV  - no more than 2 pages
  • One page Cover Letter - you may wish to give details about your academic/professional background, your future career plans, your interests etc. You could also detail here why you are a good candidate for this project, and how your skills, experiences, and qualifications mean you are well suited to the PhD. Don’t worry if you don’t have experience outside of your degree – we recognise that different people have different opportunities to gain experience and you won’t be disadvantaged. You might discuss what training you think you need to become a successful researcher, or what your aspirations are for the future. We are really interested in your potential as well as what you’ve already achieved.
  • Scanned copies of your official degree transcript(s) - if the originals are not in English, you will need to provide official translations. If you have not yet graduated, you should be able to obtain an interim transcript showing the results from your degree to date (if you are only one semester into your course – for example an MSc – then this is not needed).


There will be a two-stage interview process. The first round of interviews will take place at the end of January 2024. Successful nominees will then participate in the second round of interviews, with the ARIES panel in February 2024.