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Environment East NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (EnvEast DTP)

The EnvEast Doctoral Training Partnership, (DTP) a collaboration between the Universities of East Anglia, Kent and Essex and 10 other core partners, has been awarded £5 million from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to fund more than 60 PhD studentships over 5 student cohorts to train the next generation of environmental, earth and ecological scientists. As one of 15 new DTPs in the UK, EnvEast enrolled its first students in October 2014.

Opportunities for studentship in the School of Biological Sciences funded by the EnvEast NERC DTP are listed below.

Further information about the PhD application process can be found here.

In addition, you can use the UEA searchable PhD database to browse all available PhD studentships at the Norwich Research Park.


Application Deadline is 23:59 on Monday 8 January 2018

Title Project Supervisor

Dominance and policing in bumble bees (BOURKE_UBIO18EE)

Professor Andrew Bourke

Improving and extending biodiversity indices (BUTLER_UBIO18EE) - CASE studentship with the RSPB  

Dr Simon Butler

Road verges for bumblebee conservation: a green infrastructure opportunity or an ecological trap? (DICKS_UBIO18EE) - CASE studentship with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust; Highways England; Costain Ltd

Dr Lynn Dicks

Measuring the reach and significance of sexual selection using experimental evolution (GAGE_UBIO18EE) - CASE studentship with ETH Zurich

Professor Matthew Gage

Landscape and local-scale management for threatened breeding wader populations (GILL_UBIO18EE) - CASE studentship with the BTO

Professor Jennifer Gill

Adaptation to a changing environment at the gametic level (IMMLER_UBIO18EE)

Dr Simone Immler

A molecular study of the importance and scale of cyanobacterial DMSP production (LEA-SMITH_UBIO18EE)

Dr David Lea-Smith

Developing CRISPR genome engineering tools to understand nitrogen cycling by novel archaea (LEHTOVIRTA-MORLEY_UBIO18EE)

Dr Laura Lehtovirta-Morley

The temporal evolution of immunogenetic diversity in an island bird (RICHARDSON_UBIO18EE) - CASE studentship with IPNA-CSIC

Professor David Richardson

Transcriptional regulation of bacterial nitrous oxide emissions in complex ecosystems (ROWLEY_UBIO18EE)

Dr Gary Rowley

The role of transposable elements and whole genome duplication in the adaptive radiation of neotropical catfishes (TAYLOR_UBIO18EE)

Dr Martin Taylor

How important are marine bacteria in DMSP cycling? (TODD_UBIO18EE) - CASE studentship with Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Dr Jonathan Todd


Fees & Funding

Funding Status: Competition Funded Project (EU Students Only). Further information about funding categories for PhDs can be found here. 

Funding Conditions: This project has been shortlisted for funding by the EnvEast NERC Doctoral Training Partnership, comprising the Universities of East Anglia, Essex and Kent, with over twenty other research partners.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in February 2018.

Successful candidates who meet RCUK’s eligibility criteria will be awarded a NERC studentship - in 2017/18, the stipend is £14,553. In most cases, UK and EU nationals who have been resident in the UK for 3 years are eligible for a stipend.

Further information about fees can be found here.