Find out more about PhD Studentships

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EPSRC Studentships

Please note that we will not be reopening for applications after recruiting our fifth and final cohort who started in September 2023. 


We have a minimum of 11 fully-funded EPSRC PhD studentship awards available across Newcastle University and the University of Nottingham in addition to fully-funded Industry led studentships.


Students are welcome to apply with their own research vision which we will help shape during the first year of the programme, our MRes in Geospatial Systems, with input from research teams at both Newcastle University and University of Nottingham. We also have a number of CDT Projects available for direct applications.



Funding and Eligibility

Successful applicants will receive full fees and an annual living allowance which is based on the UKRI 2023/24 rate (estimated minimum award £18,550). A substantive Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) of £22,000 to cover the costs for consumables, travel, conferences, and access to placement opportunities with industrial partners.


We welcome applications from Home and International (incl. EU) students from a range of backgrounds, including Computing, Engineering, Geography, Geomatics, Mathematics, Social Sciences, Physics, Economics and related disciplines, and are fully committed to equality, diversity and inclusion to ensure fair opportunity for all. Please note that there are a limited number of international awards available and fees are at UK home rate only, students may be required to top up to overseas rate.



How to apply

Applicants wishing to be considered should apply directly to Newcastle University or University of Nottingham quoting the relevant studentship code on their application and supporting documents.


Studentship codes can be found on each project outline, if you would like to submit your own research idea, please use code GEO23_00.



Industry Studentships

Information on projects fully funded by our industry partners will appear here when available for applications. Unfortunately, our Industry funded studentships are only available to UK students.

Submit an application for an advertised research project

Academic colleagues from across Newcastle University and the University of Nottingham have submitted projects for applications. These projects are suitable for students who would like to join the CDT but have not yet formed their own, individual research idea and will introduce students to a diverse range of research teams.


Unfortunately, all our EPSRC funded studentships have now been filled. We are still accepting applications for the industry funded opportunities above. 


When applying for a specific project, please include the project application reference number on your supporting documents.

Submit an application with your own research idea

We welcome applications from students who would like to develop their own research idea. We will help form this during the first year of our programme with input from research teams at Newcastle University and University of Nottingham.


Our existing students have joined the CDT from a very diverse range of backgrounds and have been enabled to complete their PhD research on a topic they feel passionate about.


Please visit our current cohort profile pages to see what our students are currently studying.



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