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Durham University

Department of Earth Sciences

PhD by Research

PhD Studentships in Low Carbon Energy Transition

The Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) entitled GeoNetZero is a new program of PhD research and training set up to address key areas in Geoscience and their role in the Low Carbon Energy Transition and Challenge of Net Zero.

We are pleased to announce two fully funded, 4 year PhD studentships to start in October 2020 on any of the following topics:

These studentships are within the GeoNetZero Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), details of which can be found at You will be part of an annual cohort of 17 students which, in addition to undertaking your PhD research, receives bespoke, residential training of direct relevance to the low carbon energy transition. Instructors are both expert academics from across the CDT and also experienced industry professionals but the ethos of the training is that students and course leaders interact as peers.

At Durham, you will join a large group of postgraduate students working on many aspects of geoenergy and low carbon transition in the Department of Earth Sciences. All of the GeoNetZero CDT projects will have close collaboration with our work on geoenergy at the Durham Energy Institute

Eligibility and How to Apply

This PhD studentships will provide for UK/EU tuition fees and a full stipend at UK Research & Innovation recommended levels for each year of study. Funding is available for both UK and EU citizens. Students must begin their research on 1st October 2020. There is an application deadline of Thursday 9th April 2020 by 17:00 (GMT) (Interviews will take place early in May 2020). Applicants will need to apply on-line via

Please contact Miss. Louise Bowron for questions about the application process: Miss. Louise Bowron, Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University, Durham, DH1 3LE +44 (0)191 334 2198. For technical questions about the projects, please contact one of the project supervisors, details of whom on the project links above.

New NERC IAPETUS-2 Earth Science Studentships for 2020

Durham is the lead partner for the NERC funded IAPETUS2 partnership including the Universities of Glasgow, Newcastle, St Andrews, Heriott-Watt and Stirling along with the British Geological Survey and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Further information on the IAPETUS 2021 partnership will be available shortly.

Applicants should contact the project supervisors in the first instance or Louise Bowron at (

Postgraduate Prospectus 2020

Interested in postgraduate study? Download our 2020 prospectus.