Envision Doctoral Training Partnership

Envision is offering 12 PhD places 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), Lancaster University is leading the initiative, which brings together the universities of Nottingham and Bangor, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, the British Geological Survey and Rothamsted Research. 

Programme overview

Students will work with a powerful group of UK researchers and 44 industry and NGO partners, and will be exposed to training and development opportunities to develop skills needed for their future careers.  

NERC DTP training activities align themselves to the four domains of the Research Development Framework (RDF) to help develop students into first-class researchers:

  1. Knowledge and intellectual abilities
  2. Personal effectiveness
  3. Research governance and organisation
  4. Engagement, influence and impact

By taking this course, students will benefit from: 

  • broad research themes
  • access to leading world experts
  • close ties with business
  • relevant work experience
  • leadership training


Studentships include home tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend at UKRI rates. Find out more at: ukri.org/skills/funding-for-research-training/.

Applicants who are classed as international for fees purposes may apply. See the Midlands Graduate School website for more details.

Entry requirements

First-class or upper-second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant discipline.

How to apply

Applications for 2019 entry are now closed. Information about recruitment for 2020 onwards will be supplied once it is available.


This information has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.


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