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Advanced Research and Innovation in the Environmental Sciences

The ARIES (“Advanced Research and Innovation in the Environmental Sciences”) DTP was launched in 2018 with funding from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).  It draws together expertise from five universities and nine research centres, as well as over forty other research-users.  The partnership has a mission to train postgraduate research students (PGRs) with excellent potential from across society, equipping them with the necessary skills to become 21st Century Scientists: leaders in the science and sustainable business of the natural environment.

Research within ARIES is focused around five themes, but most projects are multidisciplinary and cut across more than one theme to address a wide range of global challenges. With a focus on training 21st Century Environmental Scientists, ARIES training is embedded within your PhD, delivering focused and relevant training at the appropriate time during your studies.

The following three proposed Studentships to be awarded as part of the ARIES NERC Doctoral Training Partnership.  Closing date for ARIES DTP applications is midnight on Wednesday 15 January 2020 via RH Direct portal.




Cobalt ores in the Asturias (Spain) – Providing key raw materials for the future of electric vehicles

Dr Giulio Solferino


Bio-protection: long-term modification of rock weathering by microorganisms?

Dr Anirban Basu


Valleys on the back of mountain belts – how do hinterland basins form? A case study from the Tuscan Apennines, Italy

Dr Nicola Scarselli



These projects have been shortlisted for funding by the ARIES NERC Doctoral Training Partnership, and will involve attendance at mandatory training events throughout the course of the PhD.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed on 18/19 February 2020.

Successful candidates who meet UKRI’s eligibility criteria will be awarded a NERC studentship - UK and EU nationals who have been resident in the UK for 3 years are eligible for a full award.

Excellent applicants from quantitative disciplines with limited experience in environmental sciences may be considered for an additional 3-month stipend to take advanced-level courses in the subject area.


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