Each studentship award includes fees (Home/EU), an annual living allowance (£14,777) and a Research Training Support Grant (for travel, consumables, as required).

Applications for 2019/20 are closed. Future calls available from Autumn 2019.


A list of available PhD projects are provided under each of the following research areas: 

We also welcome new project proposals by applicants, based on the ONE Planet themes.

All PhD projects will be further defined and expanded by the students over the initial 6-month training period, which includes:

  • training in core modules
  • ongoing group mini-projects
  • co-development with partners/supervisors following discussions at the annual Residential Activity Centre (RAC) in October

All applications will be assessed based on the same criteria, mainly around the applicant’s track record (excellence) (see selection criteria).

Projects will be developed around the 4 ONE Planet themes. All projects must contain a ‘Climate and Climate Change’ or ‘Anthropocene’ theme, and one other theme, to be considered within the ONE Planet Research Themes

Residential Activity Centre

A Residential Activity Centre (RAC) will take place in October 2019. This will help students develop skills to work across the ONE Planet disciplines.

The first 3 days of this RAC include the ‘PhD in a Week’. Group environmental mini-projects will be set, which are based around ‘Grand Challenges’. External organisations (including recent CASE partners) helping to define and mentor the challenges set.

The mini-projects will teach skills such as:

  • fieldwork
  • data management
  • numeracy
  • modelling
  • multidisciplinary awareness
  • teamwork
  • dealing with risk and uncertainty

Reflecting on their experiences, students will feed into their Training Needs Analysis (TNA) and proposal writing. RAC break-out activities will introduce the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF), Chartership requirements of relevant professional societies, and employability.

Dates and location of the RAC will be advertised well in advance. This enables tudents with caring responsibilities to make arrangements. We encourage students with disabilities to have an early conversation with their supervisor to make adjustments.

Find out about our ONE Planet supervisors >