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:
- Flexibility and resilience: the interaction between buildings and the whole supply system, through new generation and storage technology.
- Technology and system performance: demand reduction and decarbonisation of the built environment through design, construction methods, technological innovation, monitoring and regulation.
- 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: submit your application, including an outline research proposal by 23:59 on 05 December 2021. 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 £15,609* a year for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the home rate. Opportunities for non-UK applicants are very limited.
*Awards increase every year. The levels given here are for 2021 to 2022.
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. The difference between home and international fees cannot be met by the ERBE CDT. Further information about funding eligibility can be found on the UKRI website:
Applying to UCL: Recruitment at UCL is not yet open for the 2022/23 academic year. UCL will be recruiting for specific research projects within the three themes of ERBE.
Informal enquiries email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applying to MaREI: MaREI will be recruiting for research projects in the three themes of ERBE. Our recruitment will be on a rolling basis and open positions will be advertised here. To register your interest and to make informal enquiries, email email@example.com. You will be contacted when positions are available.
You can also follow our Twitter account – @ERBECDT – for ERBE studentships for the next academic year (2022/23).1
Projects seeking applications
Applications to the ERBE CDT at Loughborough University are currently being accepted on the following projects:
- Ultra Low Energy Buildings
- Improving the modelling of overheating in UK homes
- The implications of a warming climate for summertime cooling in UK homes
- Electrification of domestic space heating
- Modelling the English housing stock for energy supply and demand analysis
- Closing the Energy Gap
- Reducing the Energy Demand of UK Housing
- Ventilation Effectiveness and Coronaviruses
- Passive Heat Exchanges in Natural Ventilation
- The Electric Home and its Role in a Net Zero Carbon Economy
Informal enquiries to: Civ.Eng.Pgr@lboro.ac.uk.
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.