School of GeoSciences

E3 Doctoral Training Partnership

How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for one of the projects available in the E3 DTP, please follow the application procedure outlined below.

Applications for the E3 DTP (2018/2019 intake, starting September 2018) are now open.

Deadline for applications is Thursday 11 January 2018, 12pm.

Entrance Requirements

Eligibility for funding

To be eligible for a full award from the RCUK, a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship (with some further constraint regarding residence for education, see the RCUK Training Grant Guide for details). If still in doubt, please contact us.

Students who are ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU but do not comply with the above 3-year UK residency criteria are generally eligible for a fees-only award. This means they cannot receive a stipend from the RCUK but only fees and research costs will be paid. Therefore, they will need to find additional funding to cover their living costs or be self-funded.

Our selection process for PhD programmes is very competitive. We require you to have a minimum of 2.1 undergraduate degree or equivalent. However, we may take relevant work experience and/or a Masters degree into account.

Please note that if English is not your first language then we will need to see evidence of your English language proficiency before we can offer you a place (unless you obtained a degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country no more than three years before the beginning of the programme).

English language requirements

Application Process

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Deadline for applications is Thursday 11 January 2018, 12pm.

Please read carefully the information below before you apply.

Email if you have further queries.

(1) Check the advertised E3 DTP projects and contact potential supervisors (please note that the first name mentioned in the project is the lead supervisor).

(2) After you have discussed the project of interest to you with the project main supervisor, download the Application form below.

(3) References - please ask two referees to send a reference lettes to by the application deadline. It is your responsibility to ensure that both references are submitted on time.

(4) Complete the Application Form and gather the required documents listed on the form: an updated CV and all transcripts and certificates of your degrees to-date (including interim transcripts if available).

(5) Submit your complete application by sending the Application Form, your CV, your transcripts and certificates via email to by the application deadline.

(6) We will acknowledge receipt of your application and be back in touch in February with the outcome.

E3 DTP Application Form for 2018 entry


Students in the Grant Institute, GeoSciences, Edinburgh

Once all applications have been reviewed, we will invite selected short-listed candidates for interview. If you have been selected for interview, we will contact you by email towards the beginning of February with an invitation to interview in the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh.

We anticipate that the interviews will be held in Edinburgh on the 26th, 27th and 28th of February 2018.


Successful candidates will be contacted shortly after interviews and will be offered a place on our PhD programme with funding provided by the E3 DTP.

The NERC DTP universal acceptance deadline is 15 March 2018. This means that, should you receive multiple PhD offers, you can not be required to formally accept an offer before this date, unless you wish to do so.

Other GeoSciences PhD Projects

For all other part funded or fully funded scholarships within the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh, please refer to the link below for more information.

Edinburgh GeoSciences PhD Projects