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How to Apply

We offer PhD studentships with funding from two sources. The first is the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) CENTA (, and the Faculty of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at The Open University.

Your application

For your application you need to submit the following:

  • an OU Application form (needed for all applications)
  • a CENTA application form (for NERC CENTA projects only)
  • a research proposal (if self-funded/candiate initiated)
  • an up-to-date CV
  • the names and addresses of three academic referees
  • a cover letter outlining why the project is of interest and how your skills match those required

 Applications should be sent to


PhD Studentship Opportunity to start February 2019 deadline for applications is the 22nd June 2018.

We have one fully funded NERC CENTA studentship available and invite applications from UK/EU students for the following projects:

Response of meadow species assemblages along a hydrological gradient and impacts on the movement and fate of carbon in the plant-soil system (OU1)

Enrichment of critical elements in granites: melting process or protolith? (OU2)

Building the evidence base for the environmental benefits of urban trees with citizen science (OU3)

Plant-mycorrhizal associations and response to global change in a species-rich calcareous grassland (OU4)







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