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NERC CENTA PhD Studentships

CENTA is a consortium of Universities and research institutes that are working together to provide excellence in doctoral research training within the remit of the Natural Environment Research Council.

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Visit the CENTA WebsiteLink opens in a new window for more details of the CENTA consortium and the training programme.

Application deadlines

Warwick CENTA PhD Studentships

Select a PhD project, check eligibility and applyLink opens in a new window

Apply to University of Warwick
Application deadline - 10 January 2024 (23:59 GMT)

Interview date: February 2024 - exact date tbc

CENTA Science Opportunity ScholarshipsLink opens in a new window (CSOS)
Apply directly to CENTA
Application deadline - 10 January 2024 (23:59 GMT)


CENTA studentships are fully funded by the University of Warwick and the Natural Environment Research Council DTP - NERC CENTA for 3.5 years.

Funding includes:

  • Payment of Tuition Fees
  • Annual stipend, set at £18,662 for academic year 2023/24
  • Research training support grant (RTSG) of £8,000

CENTA Science Opportunity Scholarships (CSOS)

We recognise that our PhD cohorts are not as diverse as the talented pool of students that are eligible for our studentships. CENTA has up to 3 fully-funded studentships available to BAME Home-award-eligible applicants who meet the academic requirements. Applications for this scholarship should be made directly to CENTALink opens in a new window.

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UK and International students are eligible to apply for fully funded NERC CENTA studentships.

  • Home (UK) students who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years can apply for full awards covering tuition fees and annual stipend for living costs.
  • International students (including EU Students) can apply for jointly funded awards covering tuition fees in full and annual stipend for living costs.

UKRI/NERC funding will provide annual stipend for living costs and tuition fees at the UK rate. The difference between UK tuition fee rate and international tuition fee rate will be covered by University funding.

Successful International candidates would need to cover all other costs themselves including Health Surcharge, visa and flights.