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PhD Studentships 2016

PhD Studentships – Energy projects

Applications are invited for 2 funded studentships as part of the UK-wide Doctoral Training Alliance:

For further details of these projects please contact: Professor Gavin Gillmore

How to apply:  see section below

Deadline for applications:   Midnight BST on Friday 22 April

Interview date:   Wednesday 27 April 2016

Doctoral Training Alliance Studentships in Energy

  • This new Doctoral Training Alliance in Energy, developed by a group of Alliance universities (Coventry, Greenwich, Huddersfield, Kingston, Lincoln, Liverpool John Moores, Manchester Metropolitan, Nottingham Trent, Plymouth, Salford, Sheffield Hallam, Teesside, and UWE Bristol) builds on the Alliance research strengths and industry-focused ethos. 
  • The training provided to students is designed to produce independent, highly-employable researchers with knowledge, expertise and skills in this strategically-important research area.
  • This Energy DTA will start in October 2016.
  • Kingston University is offering two places as part of a nationwide cohort of 26 in the first year, 52 in the second, and 78 over the three-year programme.

Benefits to students

  • Students will benefit from the world-class facilities, supervisors and support at Kingston as well as in the wider DTA community to collaborate and share expertise with.
  • UK and EU Students are fully funded for up to three years, including a generous stipend per year and travel & subsistence to enable researchers to interact with colleagues across the Doctoral Training Alliance.
  • The programme will develop students’ vital research skills such as critical reasoning as well as practical innovation and entrepreneurial expertise. The programme will ensure students are job-ready and can apply the results of their excellent research to deliver impact. 
Benefits to Industry and Employers
  • The Energy DTA will be designed and delivered with industry partners to respond to their needs and provide students with knowledge transfer and potential future employment opportunities.
  • The DTA programme builds on work with the energy strand of the Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Network, to ensure that both the programme and its graduates respond to the needs of industry.

How to apply

Please send the following to with the email subject 'Smart Energy'

  • A completed postgraduate application form – available from xxx (add hyperlink to the application form specific for these projects, which you’ve already uploaded)
  • An academic CV
  • Copies of your academic certificates (degree level onwards)
  • A covering letter stating why you consider you are suitable for the position (maximum 2 pages A4)
  • A copy of your English language qualification, if applicable (see ‘English Language’ above)

References do not need to be included with the application, but will be required for shortlisted applicants.

Please ensure that all required documents are submitted together with your application as we are unable to consider incomplete applications.

You should assume that your application has been unsuccessful if you have not heard from us by the interview date.

Annual stipend: £16,296

Fee level of sponsorship: UK/EU fee level. International candidates would need to demonstrate that they can fund the difference in fees for each year of registration, currently £9,004 (for academic year 2016/17)

Deadline for applications: Midnight BST, Friday 22 April 2016

Eligibility: only UK/EU candidates are eligible to apply. A First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree and/or Masters degree.

English Language: If you are not from an English speaking country, or have not studied at a UK university before, you will need to show proof of internet-based IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent qualification). For IELTS, you need a minimum score of 5.5 in each component. Please see these pages for further information

Expected start date: October 2016

Duration: 3 years full-time study