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CeREES Centre for Geoenergy

Geo-Energy Scholarship Programme

The CeREES Geo-Energy Scholarship Programme is aimed at highly motivated geoscience graduates (BSc and MSc) who want to undertake a PhD in Geo-Energy, and also aspire to work as professionals in the energy industry. The Geo-Energy PhD Scholarship Programme trains and nurtures some of the highest calibre PhD researchers in Europe and provides a structured framework for entry into the energy industry. The Geo-Energy PhD Scholarship Programme is unique in the UK, as it provides additional monthly short courses taught by industry experts and is designed to provide regular interaction with industry professionals. PhD topics offered as part of the program will be across a broad range of geology and geophysics disciplines and students will work in a challenging environment that demands full commitment to research and learning.

Graduates of the CeREES Scholarship Programme are now working for Statoil, Cairn Energy, Shell, Hess, BP, OMV, Badley Geosciences, ConocoPhillips and Chevron.

Current Students

CeREES PhD Graduates


NERC Oil and Gas CDT

The NERC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Oil & Gas is a collaboration of 7 core academic partners (Aberdeen, Durham, Heriot-Watt, Imperial College London, Manchester and Oxford universities and the British Geological Survey), 12 associate academic partners and 9 industry sponsors. It was established in 2013 with the aim of training the next generation of geoscientific and environmental researchers in oil and gas, providing them over their studentship with a total of 20 weeks’ joint training delivered by academic, governmental and industry experts from the Earth, Environment and Applied Business sectors. There is also an annual graduate school conference at which students will present their results and showcase the best academic research in oil and gas to the industry, government and academic peers.

This scheme funds 3 PhD projects at Durham each year. They are eligible to everyone, but tuition fees are paid at UK/EU rates.

For more information see NERC or look at our Application page.