Fully funded PhDs: Recruitment for September 2021 is now open.

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: Recruitment is handled separately by UCL, Loughborough and MaREI.  We do not accept applications outside of the main recruitment phases or by CV only.

How and when to apply:

Applying to Loughborough: submit your application, including an outline research proposal by 23:59 on 28 February 2021 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 ERBE21. For help see here. Informal enquiries to Civ.Eng.Pgr@lboro.ac.uk.

Applying to UCL:  UCL is now open for general applications for ERBE CDT.

Stage 1:
Please submit the following pre-application documents :
– a CV and a Covering Letter to bseer.erbecdt@ucl.ac.uk by Sunday, 18 April 2021 23:59PM (UK time). Your covering letter should clearly state why you wish to apply to the ERBE CDT and how your interests and experience relate to one or more of the ERBE research themes.
– Complete the CDT recruitment EPSRC fees eligibility and EDI questionnaire via the linked Microsoft Forms.
Stage 2:
– Your submitted documents will be considered for individual ERBE PhD Projects.
If there is a good match between your background and qualifications and the objectives of one of our future projects, we will invite you to submit a supplementary motivational letter stating why you might wish to be considered for the project and the relevance of your own skills and experience for it.

The individual projects will be advertised on a rolling basis as they are agreed with supervisors and stakeholders. These will have their own application deadline and we will email again when these become available. UCL will continue to be recruiting for specific research projects in the three themes of ERBE.  Projects will be advertised on a rolling basis as they are agreed with supervisors and stakeholders. Each project will have its own application deadline.

Currently available projects at UCL: UCL PhD Studentship in Smart Ventilation:  A systemic, socio-technical evaluation of pressure-controlled vents in housing

Applying to MaREI: We are currently seeking student applications to join our 2021 cohort of ERBE students. The closing date for receipt of the completed Application Form, CV & Motivation Statement is 5.00 p.m. Friday 19th February, 2021 (GMT). Interviews will be held in the following weeks with the studentship commencing in September 2021.  Further details can be found here. 

You can also follow our  Twitter account  – @ERBECDT  –  for ERBE studentships for the next academic year (2021/22).

Please note: Recruitment is handled separately by UCL, Loughborough and MaREI. We do not accept applications by CV only.

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.