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Postgraduate training

Please note: NERC does not handle applications from prospective students and is not involved in any stage of the application or recruitment of individuals for NERC studentships.

This section of the website contains information for eligible research organisations interested in or currently holding NERC studentship and training awards. If you are a current or prospective NERC student, please visit the studentships & training section.

In order to sustain the flow of top talent and skills for UK science, business and government, NERC provides two types of postgraduate training:

  • Responsive training: This is postgraduate training where the topic is chosen by the student or supervisor and which can be drawn from any part of NERC's remit.

  • Focused training: This is postgraduate training that ensures we provide individuals with particular, specialist skills that are linked to our strategic priorities or to priority skills needs. Whilst the training topic may be chosen by the student/supervisor, it will reflect a specific training objective which NERC has identified.

Terms and conditions of NERC studentships

Information regarding the terms and conditions of all NERC studentships can be found on the handbooks and forms page.

Please note, as of 1 May 2014, all new NERC studentships now fall under the RCUK harmonised postgraduate terms and conditions - external link and not the NERC studentship handbook. All studentships that commenced prior to 1 May 2014 still fall under the NERC handbook. Should a training scheme have any terms and conditions or guidance in addition to the above terms and conditions, these will be available on the relevant scheme's webpage.

This section of the website contains information for eligible research organisations interested in or currently holding NERC studentship and training awards:

Responsive PhD training

Doctoral training partnerships (DTPs) and large grants associated studentships.

Focused PhD training

Centres for doctoral training (CDTs), CASE studentships, research programme grants associated studentships, research programme competition studentships and research centre & survey studentships.

Advanced skills training (Focused)

Undergraduate research experience placements (REPs), short course support & summer schools, Advanced Training: Short Courses (ATSCs), policy intern placements, public engagement training and Environment YES competition.

Contacts

Contact details for NERC studentship and training enquiries, and information on how to subscribe to email listservers.

If you are a current or prospective NERC student, please visit the studentships & training section.