Applications are now being accepted for entry in September 2024.

The first application deadline has passed. However, we have some projects that are still available and these are listed on the PhD Project Vacancies page. Available projects will remain open until filled so we strongly encourage early application. All projects will be closed by the 27th June.

Please note, we only have a limited number of spaces for international students.

How to submit an application

There is a different application process depending on the university. Please ensure that you apply to the relevant university for the project you are applying to. Each university process is outlined below:

Host universityApplication process
Heriot-Watt UniversityEmail a one-page CV, full transcript of university results, a half page motivation letter to the academic supervisor listed with the position, and english language evidence (if applicable). If selected, you will be invited to complete the formal application form on Heriot-Watt’ss website.
Imperial College LondonEmail a one-page CV, full transcript of university results, a half page motivation letter to the academic supervisor listed with the position, and english language evidence (if applicable). If selected, you will be invited to complete the formal application form on Imperial’s website.
University of BathApply via the University of Bath application portal. When completing the form, in the ‘Funding your studies’ section, please select ‘CDT’ from the first drop-down list and specify GIF CDT in the text box. In the ‘Your PhD project’ section, please state the project title and supervisor’s name in the appropriate boxes.
University of SheffieldPlease make a formal application via the University of Sheffield’s online application form. Please ensure that you select the project title and supervisor’s name and/or CDT-GIF options in the appropriate boxes. For more information about the application process, visit the University of Sheffield’s ‘How to apply’ webpage.

Entry requirements

As a minimum we require candidates to have a First-class or 2:1 MEng or and MSc with merit (over 60%) in a relevant area i.e. Chemical Engineering, Process Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science, Geoscience.  Candidates for socio-politico-economic research topics will also be considered with a relevant MA.  Applicants who have a First-class BSc/BEng (Hons) and can demonstrate significant relevant industry/research experience may also be considered.

Candidates should be aware of and meet the entry requirements for the university hosting the PhD studentship.

Non-native English speakers must ensure they meet the English language requirements.

English Language Requirements

Non-native English speakers need to provide evidence of a SELT (Secure English Language Test) at CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) Level B2 taken within two years of the date of application. 

There are several types of SELT, but IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the most common. The minimum requirement is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, no individual component can be less than 6.0 in a single sitting.  

A degree from an English speaking university can also be accepted.

Who is eligible for funding?

UK students

Full funding (fees and stipend) is available for UK students.

International Students

We only have a limited number of spaces for international students. For international applicants, any offers made to international students will be conditional on fees being waived at the host university for the project.