SUPER project titles can be seen below.  Please refer to the below funding and eligibility to ensure you are eligible before beginning your application.


To apply please follow the link below to submit your application AND follow the below instructions to submit your accompanying documents. If your application is incomplete at the time of the deadline it will not be considered. We cannot chase missing documents.


Submit your APPLICATION FORM here.


All candidates must submit their supporting documents (see below list) via email to using the subject line: SUPER DTP PhD Application. We MUST receive all of your documents in time for the deadline otherwise your application will not be considered.  

Please follow the below instructions:

  • select the project title from the drop-down menu (submit one application form per project you wish to apply for)
  • applications must be supported by:
    • all degree certificates (please include Postgraduate qualifications if held, and provisional transcripts for incomplete courses)
    • all degree transcripts (as above)
    • a cover letter addressed to lead supervisor
    • CV (please include contact details for two referees)
    • English Language Certificate if applicable (this can be supplied at a later date if necessary)
  • referees will only be contacted for those candidates invited to interview
    • Please do not send references, only referee contact details.
    • We will contact your referees directly with a form for them to complete. 
  • all documents must be officially translated into English
  • a research proposal is not required for SUPER DTP applications
  • please do not apply through the institutional application portal
  • successful candidates will be asked to formally apply following interview

After submitting your application, you may be contacted by the project supervisor(s) to discuss the project in more detail.

DEADLINE: 23.59 (UK time) on Wednesday 20th January 2021

Applications received after the deadline will NOT be considered. Additionally, incomplete applications will NOT be considered. All supporting documentation must be submitted by this date. When applying please ensure all required documents are sent via email as per the above instruction.

It is anticipated that shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview in February. You will be contacted over email if this is the case.  



Funding and Eligibility


SUPER PhD projects are directly funded by SUPER NERC Doctoral Training Partnership. This opportunity is open to UK and international candidates (including EU nationals) and provides funding to cover stipend, UK level tuition fees and a research and training support grant (RTSG). Please refer to the UKRI website, Annex B of the UKRI Training Grant Terms and Conditions for full eligibility criteria. Please note SUPER funding does not cover visa costs (including immigration health surcharge) or other additional costs associated with relocation to the UK.

Please note: selection is based on academic ability and performance at interview; incomplete applications will not be considered and we cannot chase missing documents. 


SUPER DTP students are funded for a minimum of 42 months (full time or up to 84 months part-time), start date 27th September 2021. They include:

  • Stipend based on RCUK rates (currently £15,285 for the 2020/21 academic year)
  • UK Level Tuition Fees
  • Research Training Grant


To be classed as a Home student, you must:

  1. be a UK National (meeting residency requirements),
  2. have settled status in the UK (meeting residency requirements),
  3. have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements),
  4. have indefinite leave to remain or enter in to the UK


If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. If your application is successful, you’ll get either settled or pre-settled status. You must have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020. The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021. MORE INFORMATION


Residency Requirements

You must have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years immediately prior to the start of the studentship (27th September 2021). UK Nationals who have temporarily been aboard to study during this period will still be eligible for home fee status.

Applicants who do not meet the above criteria will be classed as an international student.

Academic Eligibility

Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant subject. Applicants with a minimum of a 2.2 Honours degree may be considered providing they have a Distinction at Master’s level.