Summary

NERC funds independent research, training and long-term monitoring in the environmental sciences. About half their budget goes to universities.

Description

NERC funds independent research, training and long-term monitoring in the environmental sciences. About half their budget goes to universities. Funding awards are split into a number of main areas:

Postgraduate training (studentships) - They fund around 1,100 PhD students and about 290 Masters students each year. Studentships are funded through university departments and NERC research centres, so they do not deal directly with applications from prospective students.

Studentship awards (Fellowships) - They fund around 100 Fellowships at any one time with 30 new awards each year. These awards provide opportunities for outstanding environmental scientists to devote their time to research, developing their research careers and producing work of international importance.

Fellowship awards (Research grants) - The NERC research grants schemes are intended to provide financial support for environmental scientists to carry out research projects of international quality at UK universities and other approved institutions. They provide a number of different schemes designed to support the varying needs of the community.

Research grants (Basic Support) - This covers:

  • Infrastructure - indirect costs of programmes and long-term research.
  • Specialist Major Infrastructure - such as in the Antarctic and the UK's Earth Observation subscriptions.
  • Major Capital Projects - such as buildings or ships

Eligibility

For eligibility for the different funding available please visit the website.

Criteria

Awards are made for both taught programmes of study and research. All Studentship applications must be made through the University. Normally only those students who have been resident in the UK, for purposes other than education, for the preceding three years are eligible for a full award. For some awards, candidates who are nationals of a member state of the EU and are resident in the UK may also be eligible for fees only awards.

Application Procedure

For details on how to apply please visit http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/application/

Deadline

No deadline specified

Further Info

More information about the scholarship

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Countries

All EU countries