How to Apply

Applications for September 2020 entry are now open!

Closing Date 31st January 2020

ONEPlanet is committed to promoting diversity, and we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups. Flexible study requests are welcomed, and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Eligibility Criteria:

Usually applicants are expected to have a first or 2:1 undergraduate degree - exceptions are possible, but these should be strongly motivated. In addition, candidates may also hold or be completing a Masters degree in a relevant subject discipline.

General UKRI eligibility criteria for research council studentships apply. We have a limited number of open eligibility awards for EU students who do not have the required 3 years prior UK residency.  International students are not eligible to apply. More information can be found here.

How to apply:

Please identify a project that is of interest to you on our Studentship page.

Once you have identifed a project please send a copy of your CV and a 1,000 word research proposal expanding on a suggested, pre-defined ONE Planet PhD project to the named supervisor

Alternatively, you can outline your own research idea and make contact with a ONEPlanet supervisor to discuss this idea before you apply.

Please note that you can only apply for 1 project within the DTP.

If you are applying for a specific ONEPlanet research project, you are still required to write a proposal. For guidance on writing your research proposal please find advice here.

When you are ready to apply:

Please submit an application to either Newcastle or Northumbria University via their Postgraduate applications portals depending on the main supervisor of your chosen project, or your chosen main supervisor if outlining your own research idea. Use applications button below to access the application portals of Newcastle or Northumbria University.

Apply to Newcastle University: Please ‘Create a new account’ on the postgraduate application system. Enter the programme code as 8212F, select ‘PhD ONE Planet' as the programme of study, and the related studentship code eg. OP2001, OP2021 etc. in the studentship code field. 

Apply to Northumbria University: Please apply via this link and select October 2020 as your entrance date. Please enter the related studentship code (eg. OP2001 etc) into the studentship code field.

The following documentation is required:

  • Your CV
  • Application form
  • Your 1,000-word project proposal (with project title and reference code OP20XX). If you are outlining your own research idea please use reference code OP2000
  • A minimum of two references. These can be submitted with your application if they are signed, or alternatively, they can be emailed directly by the referee to Please note that it is your responsibility to request these references and ensure they that are sent to us.
  • Attach degree transcripts and certificates.
  • If English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualification.

If you have any further questions please contact:

Closing Date: 31st January 2020