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Fully funded Environmental Science PhDs available for 2019 – University of Reading

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Fully funded Environmental Science PhDs available for 2019

Some of the world's leading researchers in environmental sciences work at the University of Reading. They are changing the world by helping to solve some of the most pressing environmental problems. You could join them in 2019.

The University has a number of new opportunities for PhDs beginning in autumn 2019, including doctoral research positions fully-funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

We are part of several major doctoral training partnerships and programmes in environmental sciences:


EPSRC DTP studentship funding in Mathematics of Planet Earth:  We have a number of studentships available to start in October 2019.  Apply now. 


SCENARIO (Science of the Environment: Natural and Anthropogenic Processes, Impacts and Opportunities): a NERC doctoral training partnership led by Reading, covering the study of physical, chemical and biological processes that influence environmental risk and sustainability.

How to apply for a SCENARIO project  


Quantitative and Modelling Skills in Ecology and Evolution (QMEE): a NERC centre for doctoral training aiming to solve real-world ecological and evolutionary problems by connecting theory, data, and practice. Led jointly between Imperial College London and Reading.

Available QMEE projects and how to apply


Other funded PhD opportunities: a wide range of fully funded PhD opportunities, including individual projects in the environmental sciences, are available across the University of Reading.

View some of the currently available PhD projects


Why study at Reading for a PhD tackling environmental challenges?

Reading is one of the world's leading centres for research into the science of the environment, with some 200 academics and hundreds of post-doctoral researchers and PhD students in environmental research.

Two of the greatest challenges facing humanity are pressures on natural resources and climate change, and their impacts on the environment and society. Businesses and governments are rising to the international challenge of sustainable development, and the job market in this sector is expanding rapidly.

We need driven people with strong research skills to be leading the way. Part of achieving this will be to draw people into the environmental sciences from more traditional disciplines, not only across the sciences, engineering and mathematics, but also from social, arts and humanities.

As a PhD researcher at Reading, you will be part of this research network, as well as join a community of over 1,900 PhD researchers. This gives you the opportunities to gain vital skills, learn from others, and participate in a regular programme of events designed for PhD students. You will become a member of the Graduate School, providing you with dedicated support, training and study space on campus to help you every step of your way as a doctoral research student.

our world-class environmental research

Our research expertise under the Environment Theme at Reading spans eight areas:

  • Earth Observation & Space
  • Ecology & Evolution
  • Weather
  • Climate
  • Geography & Environmental Science
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Built Environment
  • Mathematics & Statistics

As a doctoral researcher, you will be embedded within world-leading research groups in your own subject area, and have opportunities to work with a wider community of hundreds of environmental scientists - many of whom are recognised as the best in their fields.

The Environment Theme integrates together a network of researchers within academic schools and departments at the University, helping you to establish yourself in your research career, and giving you opportunities to learn and develop as a member of a large group of like-minded individuals.


Our research centres

We have world-class research centres and facilities that you can use as part of your research, helping you to conduct experiments, collaborate with partners in industry and the public sector, and present your findings in the most impactful way possible.

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