Fully funded PhDs - Recruitment for October 2022 is now open at Loughborough University

The programme of study

Students undertake a four-year (FT) PhD at either Loughborough, UCL or MaREI in one of three themes:

  1. Flexibility and resilience: the interaction between buildings and the whole supply system, through new generation and storage technology.
  2. Technology and system performance: demand reduction and decarbonisation of the built environment through design, construction methods, technological innovation, monitoring and regulation.
  3. Comfort, health and well-being: buildings and energy systems that create productive work environments and affordable, clean, safe homes.

Funded students will receive a stipend which is tax free, plus UK fees for four years (conditions apply). Part-time study is also possible.

Please note: We do not accept applications outside of the main recruitment phases or by CV only.


How and when to apply

Applying to Loughborough: Recruitment at Loughborough University is now OPEN. 

Submit your application, including an outline research proposal by 23:59 on Wednesday 15th June. For projects of particular current interest see the “Projects seeking applications” (below). Applications are accepted through the application portal here. When prompted, select the programme ‘Energy Resilience and the Built Environment’, then ‘EPSRC CDT Energy Resilience in the Built Environment’ and quote advert reference ERBE22. For guidance with the application process, please see here.  

Informal enquiries to Civ.Eng.Pgr@lboro.ac.uk.

The four-year studentship is intended to start by 1 October 2022 and provides a tax-free stipend of £17,562* a year for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the home rate. During the current round of recruitment, we are able to consider applications from international students, although places are extremely limited.

* This amount includes £16,062 UKRI funding plus £1,500 top-up from the School. Awards increase every year. The levels given here are for 2022 to 2023.

We also accept applications from those who wish to self-fund, are in receipt of an independent scholarship, or are fully industry-funded; this must be indicated clearly on your application. Further information about funding eligibility can be found on the UKRI website:


Applying to UCL:  Recruitment at UCL is now OPEN for a fully funded four year PhD studentship in partnership with Hoare Lea

Project title: “Urban Climate and Energy System Resilience and Adaptability”. See here for more information and how to apply.

Deadline: Sunday 12th June 2022

Informal enquiries email to bseer.erbecdt@ucl.ac.uk


Applying to MaREI: Recruitment is currently closed at MaREI

For any informal enquiries, please email: erbe@ucc.ie 

You can also follow our Twitter account for general recruitment updates and ERBE news – @ERBECDT  

Who we are looking for

Applications are invited from graduates with a good first degree (1st or 2:1) in one of the following areas: physics, mathematics, engineering, chemistry, natural sciences, materials science, data analytics, computer science, statistics, social science, architecture or other building and energy-related disciplines.

Applicants with other relevant qualifications or extensive relevant industry experience who can show evidence of a scientific and engineering research capability may also apply.

Loughborough University and UCL offer funding to UK students. There are limited funded places for EU and overseas students with the same or equivalent qualifications. Self-funded students are welcome to apply.

MaREI offers funding to UK, EU and overseas students.

All students must meet the minimum language requirements of the relevant organisation.