How to apply

‌‌We are now recruiting for our next cohort and we have a minimum of ten fully funded PhD studentship awards for the next cohort starting in September 2020.  Each student will then be assigned to either Newcastle University or University of Nottingham.  When submitting your application, please ensure you have completed and uploaded the Student selection form which is available to download from the list of attachments as below.

Who do we need?

Due to our tailored programme and research diversity we need students from many subject areas in:

  • Engineering:  electrical, mechanical, material, big data; and
  • Science:  physics, chemistry, maths.

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the heart of this CDT and we are looking for students from any background within an engineering or science discipline. You will have a minimum qualification of a 2:1 Bachelor’s degree.

How to apply?

Please submit an application to Newcastle University or University of Nottingham via the postgraduate application portal via the apply links as below and ensure you apply to one institution only and not to both.

Apply to Newcastle University

Please ‘Create a new account’ on the postgraduate application system. Enter the programme code as 8206F, select ‘PhD Power Electronics for Sustainable Electric Propulsion' as the programme of study and PESEP20 as the studentship code.  In the covering letter please quote reference code PESEP20 and state how your interests and experience relate to the CDT.  In addition please also identify which project option you'd like to select from the options provided above.

Apply to University of Nottingham

Please ‘Create a new account’ on the postgraduate application system.  Select ‘Electrical and Electronic Engineering’ as the programme of study.  In the covering letter please ensure you quote Professor Mark Johnson, Co-Director of the CDT and state how your interests and experience relate to the CDT.  In addition please also identify which project option you'd like to select from the options provided above.

Projects with an industry partner

We have over twenty industrial partners aligned with the CDT and we will align your research interests together with projects provided by our industrial partners.

Projects with academic partners

Projects are available within the CDT as defined with an academic partner as detailed below.

‌‌‌Attachments for the application process

The following documentation is required as part of the CDT submission process:

  • Student selection form
  • CV
  • Covering letter explaining why you are applying for the CDT
  • Degree transcripts and certificates
  • If English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications

Applicants that have been shortlisted will be invited for an interview and successful applicants will receive an offer from either Newcastle or Nottingham.  When submitting, applicants agree that their data is shared with Newcastle University, University of Nottingham and industrial partners.

All information that we hold concerning you as an individual will be held and processed by the University strictly in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998.  As an individual, you have right under the Data Protection Act 1998 to obtain data from us, including a description of the data we hold on you.  The policy data information can be found at: and


  • Closing date for applications 15 February 2020
  • Interviews held week beginning 2 March 2020
  • Decisions and offer letters sent by 31 March 2020.

Eligibility criteria

These awards are available to UK/EU applicants only.  Depending on how you meet the EPSRC's eligibility criteria you may be entitled to a full or partial award.  You will have at least a 2:1 Bachelor's level degree in an engineering or science discipline. 


All students will receive the stipend set by EPSRC and the current rate is set at £15,009 per annum.  All students will also receive a budget for travel and consumables associated to their project.

Closing date

Deadline for applications is 15 February 2020.


If there are any queries relating to any of the application processes for the CDT please contact Amanda Lane, Email: