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PhD Scholarships

Without quality researchers, there can be no quality research.

This is why we invest into PhD scholarships and support you during every step of your research journey. Many of our projects are interdisciplinary and in collaboration with industry.

If you choose to carry out your postgraduate studies with us, you will become part of a vibrant, forward-thinking research community.

Register now to keep up to date about our scholarship rounds for 2020 and beyond.

NERC/EPSRC Aura Centre for Doctoral Training in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment

The NERC/EPSRC funded Aura Centre for Doctoral Training in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment (led by the University of Hull’s Energy & Environment Institute, partnering with Durham, Newcastle and Sheffield universities and over 20 Industry partners) invites candidates for 4-year taught and research PhD scholarships. These are fully funded PhD opportunities to attract exceptional graduates to this pioneering industry.

The Aura CDT is an enabler for innovation in the offshore wind sector, unique in its cross-disciplinary engagement of engineering and environmental scientists, industry and policy makers. Your research could make a real impact to the environmental and engineering challenges the offshore wind (OSW) industry is facing. Areas identified for research and innovation include:

  • Big marine data and metocean
  • Environmental interactions, seabed dynamics and benthic habitat
  • Logistics, safety, risk and human factors
  • Low carbon transitions and community benefits
  • Next generation materials and manufacturing
  • Operations and remote autonomous monitoring

Application deadline: Friday 13 December 2019


Microplastic Transport in Environmental Flows

Microplastics are anthropogenic particles that range from micron to millimetre in size. Carrying biological and chemical pollutants they pose a significant risk to natural ecosystems and habitats. 

Our limited understanding of microplastic transport arises due to the complex characteristics of different microplastics, and the additional complexity of environmental flows. 

The PhD will develop models to estimate and then predict the flux of microplastics transported by a range of environmental flows. Research will integrate new theory, developed from reduced complexity fluid dynamics, which will be validated against new data developed from laboratory-controlled physical experiments.

Application deadline: Friday 13 December 2019

Sand mining sustainability: Quantifying rates and locations of sand mining using high-resolution satellite data

Global economic development has fuelled growth of the construction industry and increased exploitation of global sand reserves, with considerable volumes of sand now extracted from the world’s large rivers. 

The advent of high-resolution satellite imagery allows for novel approaches to quantify the locations and rates of sand extraction from large rivers, such as the Mekong.

This project will seek to use such datasets (including Planet’s satellite imagery at 3m spatial resolution and daily temporal resolution) to record the presence of sand mining vessels within the lower Mekong River and its Delta, and provide an up-to-date assessment of the rates of sand being extracted.

Application deadline: Friday 13 December 2019

Living with Water: Perceptions, Processes, Responses and Mitigation of Flooding PhD Cluster

The magnitude and frequency of flooding and the associated risks to infrastructure, economic activity and human life are known to be increasing due to changes in rainfall and storm intensity, frequency and seasonality, in conjunction with the pressures of increased development on floodplains and in the coastal zone. There is a need for society to adapt to Live with Water.

This PhD cluster will focus on better understanding the impacts of flooding and improving the approaches to mitigating flood risk to societies. Improved understanding of the impacts of flooding requires an improved understanding of the processes leading to flooding and the processes active during floods; from the changes in fluxes of water and debris, through to emergency responders’ and the public’s behaviour and perception in response to flood events.

The cluster brings together researchers in Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences, Life Sciences, and Computer Science with social scientists and physical and numerical modellers in Geography and Geology.

Application deadline: Friday 13 December 2019

NERC Panorama DTP
ESRC White Rose Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership

The University of Hull is part of the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership - a collaboration between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield, York, Sheffield Hallam, Hull, Bradford and Manchester Metropolitan University - and through this is able to offer a range of ESRC funded Postgraduate Scholarships.

The University of Hull can accept applications to five Interdisciplinary Themed Pathways of ESRC training in the 1+3 (Masters and PhD), +3 (PhD only), for both full and part-time study. 

In addition to the Themed Pathway awards, the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (DTPalso offers 4 fully funded Advanced Quantitative Methods Awards. The DTP will give priority to those who will be working with large data sets (an ESRC priority).

You are strongly advised to contact a potential supervisor and to discuss your research proposal, well before you submit an application.  All applicants should submit a standard PhD application to the University of Hull.  Shortlisted applicants will be aided to prepare an application to the DTP.

Application deadline: Wednesday 29 January 2020


Sticky biomolecules - from sediments to astrobiology

Adhesion of biological material to igneous rocks and silicates is still a poorly understood phenomenon at a molecular level. Yet such information is crucial in many domains where biological material comes into contact with rocky formations. This is the case for biofilms growing on clay sediments in river banks, for chemically accurate models of comets, but also for the formation of building blocks of life on other planets.

This project will use supercomputers to investigate the adhesion of simple amino acids to clay and silicate surfaces at a molecular level. 

Application deadline: Monday 6 January 2020

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