ARIES DTP Opportunities October 2019

ARIES (Advanced Research and Innovation in the Environmental Sciences) PhD opportunities - starting October 2019

The University of Plymouth is a partner in the Advanced Research and Innovation in the Environmental Sciences (ARIES) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) which is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). 

As one of 17 new Doctoral Training Partnerships in the UK, ARIES will enrol its first cohort of students in October 2019.

ARIES will equip the next generation of environmental scientists with the knowledge and tools to better understand and manage our planet by:

  • Developing multiple cohorts of scientists with advanced skills and knowledge, multidisciplinary outlooks, and substantial potential to operate successfully across all postgraduate career options.
  • Assembling a diverse and integrated training partnership that enables our PGRs to address priority topics in environmental sciences through cutting-edge and world-leading research.
  • Training all of our PGRs to understand modern methods of data management, interrogation, analysis, and presentation; from bioinformatics to artificial intelligence.
  • Ensuring our graduates engage with the interfaces between environmental science and societal needs by growing their ability to achieve non-academic impact and effective public engagement.

The ARIES studentship competition is now open for entry in October 2019 and the following projects at the University of Plymouth have been shortlisted for funding.

Click links below for further information on the individual projects:

Further information

ARIES is committed to equality & diversity, and inclusion of students of any and all backgrounds. All ARIES Universities have Athena Swan Bronze status as a minimum.  

Applicants from quantitative disciplines who may have limited environmental science experience may be considered for an additional three-month stipend to take appropriate advanced-level courses.

ARIES studentships are funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), which applies the eligibility criteria laid down by its parent body, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). These are outlined in their Terms and Conditions of Training Grants document, and given in more detail in their Training Grant Guide, both of which can be found on the UKRI website.

In general, UK and EU nationals who will have been resident in the UK for three years or more at the time when their PhD begins will be eligible for a full ARIES studentship. UK and EU nationals who have been resident outside the UK but within the EU during the qualifying period will usually be eligible for a ‘fees only’ studentship, which pays research costs and tuition fees but gives no help with living expenses.

Usually, only UK and EU nationals who have been resident in the UK for three years are eligible for a stipend (£14,777 2018-19 rate, 2019-20 to be confirmed). Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed between 26 and 27 February 2019.

For any generic questions on ARIES, studentships and selection processes, prospective applicants should contact Professor Dave Bilton for projects in School of Biological and Marine Sciences and Dr Nicki Whitehouse for School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences.    

For further information please see or contact us at

Closing date for these projects is 8 January 2019, 23:59 (UK time).