Environment East Doctoral Training Partnership (EnvEast DTP)

General information

The EnvEast Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) was created in November 2013 with funding from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). It is a Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) that draws expertise from 3 Universities (Universities of East Anglia, Kent and Essex) and 10 research centres of national and international importance. The partnership aims to address some of the grand challenges facing contemporary society by providing excellent multidisciplinary training to a new generation of science and business leaders working in the broad area of environmental science.

Research projects in the EnvEast DTP are loosely based around three key themes: Climate, Marine and Atmospheric Systems; Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Sustainable Development; and Natural Hazards. Many projects, though, fall into more than one of these themes, and some fall outwith the themes, but still within the remit of the Natural Environment Research Council.

The EnvEast NERC DTP will offer over 60 fully funded PhD studentships over five student cohorts, starting in autumn 2014. EnvEast PhD research projects are grouped around three key themes of international significance, but we also offer projects and training in other important areas of NERC's scientific remit:

  1. Climate, Marine and Atmospheric Systems 
  2. Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Sustainable Development
  3. Natural Hazards
  4. Othen (non-thematic)

The EnvEast Doctoral Training Programme

As an EnvEast student, you will engage in a range of activities during your period of study. The larger part of this time will be spent conducting research leading to the examination of your doctoral thesis for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). For this, you will have access to a wide range of cutting-edge facilities across the EnvEast partnership. You will also engage with training activities that will both enable and assist your research activities, but will also develop your personal, professional, and transferable skills, and prepare you for a wide range of employment opportunities after graduation.

To view PhD projects currently offered by the three universities participating in the EnvEast Doctoral Training Partnership, please click here.

Contact Person: David Craythorne (DTP Administrator) (env.east@uea.ac.uk)


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0511 - Biology", "0512 - Biotechnology", "0512 - Toxicology", "0521 - Ecology", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management", "0831 - Fisheries", "0588 - Scientific modelling


Venue: University of East Anglia (Administration)
Norwich, United Kingdom

Norwich Research Park
Norwich NR4 7TJ



The minimum academic entry requirement is an upper second class (2:1) bachelor degree with honours, or overseas equivalent, in an appropriate area of study. If English is not the first language applicants must also meet each University's English language requirements. 

Application Procedure:

Applications have now closed for 2016 entry. If you would like to be informed when applications open (in October 2016, for 2017 entry), please follow us on twitter, or send an email to env.east@uea.ac.uk.

Grant Opportunities:

The EnvEast offers fully funded PhD studentships for research in the environmental, earth and ecological sciences. The studentships are for between 3 and 4 years and include (subject to eligibility and satisfactory progress):

  • Full tuition fees (at the Home/EU rate)
  • Stipend (for 2014/15,13,863 per annum)
  • Research Training Support Grant (dependent on project)

Funding for PhD studentships from NERC is available to successful candidates who meet the Research Council UK (RCUK) eligibility criteria. These requirements are detailed on pages 11-12 of the Research Councils UK terms and conditions. In most cases, UK and EU nationals who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the course are eligible for a full award. EU nationals not resident in the UK may qualify for a fees only award or a full award if they are migrant workers in the UK.


Academic level: PhD
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