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Doctoral Training Partnerships

Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) or Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) are multi-institutional schemes designed to support the training of the next generation of world-class researchers.

Full list of DTPs/CDTs

The Envision Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) brings together a powerful group of UK researchers with industry and non-governmental organisations’ partners to provide a new generation of environmental scientists with the skills, knowledge and experience they need to take on the challenges of a changing world. Funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).


  • Lancaster University 
  • University of Nottingham
  • Bangor University
  • the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
  • British Geological Survey
  • Rothamsted Research

Applications are now open for 2023. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 11th January 2023.

Available projects from Bangor University

  1. Anthropogenic change and disease susceptibility in poison frogs: identifying links with diet, skin alkaloids, and the microbiome

  2. Assessing Amazon forest vulnerability and resilience to dry periods across soil moisture and microenvironmental gradients

  3. Establishing the relative importance of a rainforest microcosm in oil palm plantations

  4. Freshwater storage at the “roof of the world” under climate change

  5. How do coral energy strategies influence their survival?

  6. The genomic and adaptive consequences of extreme, human-mediated population decline

  7. What’s for dinner? Oceanographic drivers of Manx shearwater chick provisioning and growth


Check out the available projects here

Apply here


Competition for fully funded PhD studentships (ESRC DTP Wales)

School of Human and Behavioural Sciences, Bangor University

Closing date: 3 February 2023 (1200 hours)

PhD studentship funding, supported by both the School of Human and Behavioural Sciences and the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales is available for excellent 3rd-year or MSc students. Studentships start in Oct 2023 and are available in the areas of:

  1. Bilingualism [For more info please talk to Gary Oppenheim]
  2. Psychology [For more info please talk to Kami Koldewyn]
  3. Sport and Exercise Science [For more info please talk to Ross Roberts]

Studentships are competitive and are offered on either a 1 +3 or +3 basis (i.e., including a taught MSc year, or not). To be eligible, you must have a first-class or strong upper second-class honours degree, or appropriate MSc degree. You will also need to name your proposed supervisor. Please contact the supervisor you want to work with before starting your application.

Deadline for applications is 3rd February and includes a written research proposal, as well as a CV, cover letter, and two letters of recommendation. We strongly recommend you work on the proposal with your proposed supervisor – thus, it is better to start the application process sooner rather than later.

We encourage applications from anyone in the community - but are particularly keen to see applications from Black British, Asian British, minority ethnic British, or mixed-race British candidates (and by British, we mean home students, regardless of nationality).

 If you’re interested in applying for these studentships, please read the full details


The ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) is a consortium of leading universities, established to train top-level social scientists across Wales.

  • Cardiff
  • Bangor
  • Aberystwyth
  • Cardiff Met
  • Gloucestershire
  • Swansea (pathways in Bilingualism, Economics, Management & Business, Psychology, Sport & Exercise Science)

Applications are now closed for 2022. Full information regarding Postdoc Fellowships and eligibility is available on the Wales DTP website.

Check  Wales DTP website


Funded by NERC and BBSRC, the STARS Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) is an exciting consortium of 8 organizations, comprising 4 universities and 4 research institutes from around England, Scotland, and Wales who are collaborating to offer training to PhD students in soil and have access to internationally renowned soil scientists and research facilities as well as benefiting from the support of fellow students from across the country.;

  • Lancaster
  • Bangor
  • Nottingham
  • Cranfield
  • CEH
  • James Hutton Inst
  • Rothamsted
  • CEH
  • BGS

Explore STARS Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) website

The Nuclear Energy Futures CDT is a EPSRC funded centre for postgraduate training, bringing together PhD students from Bangor University, University of Bristol, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London and The Open University.

The Nuclear Energy Futures CDT combines innovative research and teaching, guidance from academic and industry experts and a supportive environment to help you make a better energy future.

The AIMLAC Centre for Doctoral Training provides 4-year, fully funded PhD opportunities across the broad areas of particle physics and astronomy, biological and health, and mathematical and computer sciences.

The CDT is built upon longstanding research and training collaborations between the universities of Aberystwyth, Bangor, Bristol, Cardiff, and Swansea. In addition, Supercomputing Wales and the University Computing Academies provide bespoke support via Research Software Engineers and access to HPC facilities in a coordinated fashion. 

Please visit  CDT website for more details about the centre and how to apply.

The recruitment cycle for the 2023 cohort will start in the autumn of 2022.

A limited number of positions is available for international students, including fees and bursaries.


The programme consists of a substantial training component in the first year, including cohort-based training in AI and computational methods, to establish a common base. Engagement with our external partners is embedded throughout and includes a short-term placement in Year 2 and a further 6-month placement across Years 2/3. Transferable skills training is delivered via residential meetings, at our annual CDT conference, and in cooperation with the Alan Turing Institute. More details can be found on the Training and Events pages.


Our doctoral training programme is constructed around three research themes:

  • T1: data from large science facilities (particle physics, astronomy, cosmology)
  • T2: biological, health and clinical sciences (medical imaging, electronic health records, bioinformatics)
  • T3: novel mathematical, physical, and computer science approaches (data, hardware, software, algorithms)

While the themes are diverse as academic disciplines, in our CDT they are linked through the use of AI, machine learning and advanced computing methods. Therefore, a crucial role is played by knowledge exchange across themes via cohort training, joint supervision, peer-to-peer interaction and student mentoring. Research project are embedded within one of the themes, with supervisory support across themes, to develop new synergies. More details can be found on the Research page.

Fully funded PhD positions

Fully funded PhD positions are available for students with a strong interest and aptitude in computational science and in one of our research themes. Positions are funded for 4 years, including the placements with the external partners. Considerable funding is available for training, workshop and conference support, as well as for a laptop and other computational resources. The CDT will recruit 5 cohorts, with a minimum of 11 PhD students per cohort. The first, second, third and fourth cohorts have started in October 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 respectively. For details on how to apply, see the Applications page.

*EPSRC CDTs announced Feb 2019

Further opportunities

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 956124.

**(Applications for 2021 are now closed)

Hywel Dda University Health Board provides healthcare services to a total population of 380,000 throughout Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

Two Funded PhD Studentships in Public Health Economics at CHEME Bangor University

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