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NERC CENTA Studentships

A number of fully funded studentships in environmental sciences are available to UK and International students. The research projects below are in competition for the funding. The projects with the best applicants will be awarded the funding.

Projects available at University of Warwick:

Principal Supervisors


Professor Adrian Chaplin (Department of Chemistry)

Photocatalytic decomposition of nitrous oxide

Dr Andre Pires da Silva (School of Life Sciences)

Environmental maternal effects and intergenerational inheritance

Dr Ed Smith (School of Life Sciences)

The role of copy number variation in environmental adaptation in corals

Dr Ed Smith (School of Life Sciences)

Unravelling the mechanisms of thermal tolerance in coral symbionts

Professor Evgeny Rebrov (School of Engineering)

Evaluating role of microjet plasma interactions with slurry to mitigate ammonia volatilisation

Professor Gary Bending (School of Life Sciences)

Resilience of soil surface microbial communities and biogeochemical cycling processes to extreme weather

Professor Gary Bending (School of Life Sciences)

Global diversity and ecosystem functions of plant-microbe symbioses

Dr Jonathan Pearson (School of Engineering)

Real time tracking & monitoring of microplastics in aquatic environments

Professor Julie Macpherson (Department of Chemistry)

Development of low cost, high accuracy, freshwater analytical sensors to enable “Citizen Science” monitoring of UK river systems

Dr Mark Barrow (Department of Chemistry)

Investigating the environmental impact of the Athabasca oil sands industry using ultrahigh resolution mass spectrometry

Dr Mojgan Rabiey (School of Life Sciences)

Development of phage biopesticide to control Xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris causing black rot in Brassicas

Dr Munehiro Asally (School of Life Sciences)

Electrical monitoring and control of environmental microbes

Professor Robin Allaby (School of Life Sciences)

Archaeogenomic investigation of stratified domestication of maize in South America

Dr Ryan Mushinski (School of Life Sciences)

Thriving Cities, Green Revival: Investigating the Multifaceted Effects of Miyawaki Forests on Urban Ecology

Dr Sarah Cook (School of Life Sciences)

Rivers of Threads; Exploring Biofilm and Natural Fibre Dynamics in Freshwater Environments

Dr Soroush Abolfathi (School of Engineering)

Environmental Digital Twins for Sustainable Water Management

Dr Stephen Parnell (School of Life Sciences)

Knowing the odds: towards a quantitative approach to surveillance for invasive tree pests and diseases

Projects available at Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH):



PI: Dr. Susheel Bhanu Busi

Co-I: Dr. Holly Tipper

Co-I: Dr. Gary D. Bending (School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick)

Tracking antimicrobial resistance across biomesLink opens in a new window

Lead: Dr Arezoo Taghizadeh Toosi (UKCEH)

Dr Ryan M. Mushinski, (School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick)

Prof Niall McNamara (UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Lancaster)

Dr Jessica Elias (Natural England)

Dr Yuk Faat Wu, Advanced Bacterial Sciences (ABS) CASE Supervisor

Challenges and opportunities for mitigation agricultural soil greenhouse gas emissions through novel agronomic innovationLink opens in a new window


Application guidance

  • View the available projects and check your eligibility
  • Make an initial project enquiry by contacting supervisors directly.
  • Questions about the application process or eligibility can be directed to
  • Complete the online application form - selecting course code P-C1PB (Life Sciences PhD); from here you will be taken through to another screen where you can select your desired project. Please enter "NERC studentship" in the Finance section and add Nikki Glover, as the scholarship contact. Please also complete the CENTA application form 2024 and submit via email to .
  • Upload a transcript from your current or previous study, a CV and any other documents that you feel would support your application (within 48 hours of submitting your online application you will receive a link allowing you to upload additional supporting documents).
  • Ask your referees to submit a reference for you by 12 January 2024 at the latest. Note: when you submit your application, an email will automatically be sent to your referees requesting a reference for you. This email will contain a secure link for your referee to upload a reference for you.
  • For further information about applying to Warwick see the application FAQ's page
  • Application deadline - 10 January 2024 (23:59 GMT)