PhD Studentships in Geoscience and the Low Carbon Energy Transition

The Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) entitled GeoNetZero is a new program of PhD research and training created to address key areas in Geoscience and its role in the Low Carbon Energy Transition and Challenge of Net Zero ( ).

We are pleased to announce as part of the GeoNet Zero CDT the Department of Earth sciences at Durham University is able to offer two (2) fully funded, four-year PhD students to start in October 2021 on any one of the following topics:

You will be part of an annual cohort of 17 students which, in addition to undertaking your PhD research, receives bespoke, residential training of direct relevance to the low carbon energy transition. Instructors are both expert academics from across the CDT and also experienced industry professionals but the ethos of the training is that students and course leaders interact as peers.

At Durham, you will join a large group of postgraduate students working on many aspects of geoenergy and low carbon transition in the Department of Earth Sciences. All of the GeoNetZero CDT projects will have close collaboration with our work on geoenergy at the Durham Energy Institute

The studentships are fully funded for 4 years and cover tuition fees and stipend at the UK Research & Innovation recommended levels for each year of study. For the 2021/20 academic session, this is 4,327 for fees and 15,009 for stipend. Funding is available for UK citizens only. Studentships also provide a generous 5k per annum Research Training & Support Grant (RTSG) allowance.

The studentship period is 4 years in order to accommodate the CDT's bespoke 20-week residential training programme, attendance on which is a condition of acceptance of a funded CDT studentship.

How to Apply:

Applicants are welcome to contact project supervisors directly for more information about the project. Students must begin their research on 1st October 2021.

There is an application deadline of Friday 29th January 2021 by 17:00 (GMT) (Interviews will take place early in early March 2021).

Applicants will need to apply on-line via the University's on-line application system. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the projects with proposed supervisors ( Please ensure you state in your application that you are applying for a GeoNetZero PhD.

Please contact Miss. Louise Bowron Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University for questions about the application process:

published: 23 November 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.