Full-Time CENTA PhD Studentships for UK/EU Students at Open University in UK, 2019

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Scholarship Description:

The School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences is offering Full-time PhD Studentships at Open University in the UK. CENTA studentships are available to UK and EU applicants who qualify for NERC awards.

Host College/University:

The Open University, established by Royal Charter on 23 April 1969, is the leading university for flexible, innovative and world-leading research in the United Kingdom and in over 100 countries worldwide. Uniquely placed to understand the needs of part-time students, combining their learning while earning, our innovative, award-winning distance teaching credentials have seen over 2 million students receive an education, otherwise denied to them at campus-based universities.

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Degree level:

PhD programs.

Field of Study:

  • The projects fall within our five interlinked themes:
  1. Ecosystems
  2. Palaeo environmental Change
  3. Dynamic Earth
  4. Earth System Modelling
  5. Educational Research

Scholarship Award: 

These projects are funded from three sources: (1) The Central England NERC Training Alliance CENTA; (2) The Open University; and (3) The Global Challenges Research Fund from UK Research and Innovation. These studentships are fully funded for 3.5 years, covering tuition fees (at UK/EU level) and provide a stipend of £14,777 per year.


CENTA studentships are available to UK and EU applicants who qualify for NERC awards.

Eligibility Criteria:

Entrance Requirements:

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

CENTA studentships are available to UK and EU applicants who qualify for NERC awards (see UKRI Terms & Conditions for further guidance about eligibility for NERC funding). Studentships funded solely by The Open University are available to students of any nationality subject to the acquisition of a Tier 4 visa.

A first degree at grade 2:1 or equivalent in a relevant science subject is required. A Masters degree (MSc or integrated MSci) or equivalent experience is desirable.

Applying procedure Instructions:

We strongly advise you to contact the lead supervisor of the project(s) that interests you before submitting an application.

Please attach the following items to your email: (1) a cover letter outlining why the project is of interest and how your skills match those required, (2) your CV and contact details of 3 academic references, (3) a CENTA application form (only required if you are applying to a CENTA PhD project), and (4) a completed Home OU application form (if you are resident in the UK or European Economic Area) or an Overseas OU application form (if you are resident elsewhere; not eligible for a CENTA PhD project).

Scholarship Official Web Links:

Scholarship Link: ◄–

Scholarship Deadline:

 January 21, 2019.

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