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 can offer one (1) fully funded, four-year PhD studentship to start in October 2022 on either 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 2022/23 academic session, this is 4,327 for fees and 15,009 for stipend. Funding is not limited to UK applicants, but fees funding is only provided at the UK level. Studentships also provide a generous 5k per annum Research Training & Support Grant (RTSG) allowance.

The studentship period is 4 years 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 Dr Stuart Jones directly for more information about the projects. Students must begin their research on 1st October 2022.

There is an application deadline of Monday 18th July by 17:00 (GMT) (Interviews will take place early in the week commencing 25th July 2021).

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

Please contact Miss Emma Rusby, Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University for questions about the application process:

published: 14 June 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.