Envision Doctoral Training Programme

General information

Envision brings together a powerful group of UK researchers with 44 industry and NGO partners to provide a new generation of environmental scientists with the skills, knowledge and experience they need to take on the challenges of a changing world. Funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the ENVISION NERC DTP comprises six institutions led by the University of Lancaster. The initiative also involves large multinationals, a large number of SMEs and international research centres.

Students will benefit from: broad research themes, access to leading world experts, close ties with business, relevant work experience and leadership training. Envision will recruit 12 PhD students per year for the next five years - starting from October 2014. The main research themes focus on Environmental Change, Sustainable Use of Natural Resources and Environmental Hazards & Risks and several of the funded research projects are within the marine sciences field. Visit the project portal to view the fully funded studentships available within the Envision DTP.

Envision Research Themes: Environmental change, Environmental hazards and risks, Sustainable use of natural resources.

Training Programme
The DTP offers training and other development opportunities to help postgraduate research students foster and improve the skills required in their research and future careers. The DTP training programme is designed to complement the training and support offered by your own research group. The provision includes:

  • Face-to-face courses and workshops
  • Online courses
  • Cross institutional cohort building activities

All NERC DTP training activities are mapped to the Research Development Framework (RDF), a national initiative to promote the knowledge, behaviours and attributes of successful researchers. There are four domains that characterise what researchers need to develop and demonstrate for their career progression. These are:

  • Knowledge and intellectual abilities
  • Personal effectiveness
  • Research governance and organisation
  • Engagement, influence and impact

PhD Students. Our postdoctoral students are provided with a world-class, multidisciplinary research training environment with supervisors working at the forefront of environmental research. Research themes are broadly categorised into:

  • Environmental Change
  • Sustainable use of natural resources
  • Environmental hazards and risk

Envision provides students with the opportunity to work with multiple research organisations exposing them to different research cultures, a wide cohort of peers, and offers the potential for new science and collaborations.

Our network of businesses offers the opportunity to gain employment experience either through a 40 credit industrial placement, a CASE project or by working in one of the three Research Institutes.

Training and Development

Designed to complement the support offered by the student’s own research group, Envision provides training that supports students in developing their research skills. These skills, honed alongside the experience gained working with the UK’s leading scientists and our partner businesses, will benefit their future career.

Mapped to the research Development Framework (RDF), Envision’s training provision includes workshops, online courses and cross institutional building activities.

More information about the Envision Research Themes

Learning outcome:

The Envision DTP provides students with:

  • A world-class multidisciplinary research training environment that includes supervisors working at the cutting edge and world-class research platforms, which will deliver excellent scientific and transferable skills training using a multidisciplinary cohort development programme that develops professional and leadership skills.
  • Broad research themes with access to a critical mass of established researchers across a broad, but coherent, range of disciplines with a track record of research and postgraduate excellence.
  • Close ties with business and Research Institutes through our 41 CASE partners, core and co-located Research Institute partners and co-located businesses and embedded teams of KE professionals within the Lancasster Environment Centre and the North Wales Marine/Coastal Science Group Maritime Cluster, Bangor.
  • the opportunity to gain employment experience either though a 40 credit industrial placement, a CASE project or through working in one of the three Research Institutes.
  • Multiple research organisations that complement each other and offer the potential for new science and collaborations, exposing students to different research cultures, a wide variety of supervisors, a depth of research excellence and training resources (including facilities and equipment) and a wider cohort of peers.
Contact Person: Vanessa Riegl-Parr (Envision Partnership Administrator) (enquiries@envision-dtp.org)


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0532 - Marine Geology", "0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography", "0521 - Ecology", "0712 - Environmental protection technology", "0713 - Offshore and renewable energy", "0731 - Marine spatial planning", "0831 - Fisheries


Venue: Lancaster University (Programme Coordinator)
Lancaster, United Kingdom



Applicants must have or expect to have, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualification gained outside the UK, in a relevant subject to the project they are applying for ( these will be specified in the individual project descriptions).

Application Procedure:

All applicants should make their application through the Envision website online application by January..

An application consists of:

You may apply for up to three Envision projects, but this should made clear when you submit your application through the project portal. You will need to submit an application form and CV for each project that you apply for.

Once received in the Envision office your application will be forwarded to the appropriate Envision supervisor who may want to interview you. Envision will offer interviewed candidates a £75 contribution to interview expenses. Candidates are encouraged to contact the project supervisors and discuss the relevant project before applying

Grant Opportunities:

The studentship is only available to UK and other EU nationals (due to funding criteria, EU nationals who have not been resident in the UK for the three years prior to the start of their studentship will be restricted to a fees-only award). If you have not always lived in the UK refer to the NERC Studentships Handbook, section B for more information.

Each student will be supported by the tax free stipend (£14,057 in 2015/16), typically for 3.5 years. In addition, for eligible students, the award will cover EU/UK fees

All ENVISION students will have a Research and Training Grant to fund their research, conference attendance and networking and will be able to bid into a cohort development and mobility fund. This will be support students attending subject-specific courses that require a payment, student travel to partner sites to attend courses or other research-related activities, and for students to develop and lead their own programme of community building or outreach events (e.g. student-led conferences, reading groups). Funding such as travel bursaries or existing funding within institutions (e.g. travel prizes) will also be available


Academic level: PhD
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