CENTA Flagship Project Information
CENTA-Flagship projects have been selected because the project meets specific characteristics such as NERC CASE support, collaboration with our CENTA high-level end-users, diversity of the supervisory team, career development of the supervisory team, collaboration with one of our Research Centre Partners (BGS, CEH, NCEO, NCAS), or a potential applicant co-development of the project. The CENTA-Flagship projects will be governed in the same was at all the CENTA projects and will have the same support. Students who win a studentship for a CENTA-Flagship project will join the CENTA cohort and participate the same training program.
We welcome applications from UK and EU students, students from outside of the EU are not eligible. Full tuition fees and an annual stipend in line with UK Research Councils are available for UK and EU applicants who qualify for NERC awards. Further guidance about eligibility is available at UKRI Terms & Conditions.
CENTA also particularly welcomes applications for PhD studentships from under-represented groups.
CENTA recognises that a diversity of pathways through education exist and that there may be challenges to studying for a PhD alongside other personal commitments. Our assessment of applicant’s eligibility and experience involves appraisal of track records. If disclosed, the supervisors, host institution recruitment teams and the CENTA board will take into consideration circumstances that may have taken time away from study and thus limited the candidate’s opportunity to demonstrate their full educational potential, for example through parental leave, other caring responsibilities, ill-health, disabilities or the need to engage in paid work. Each application will be considered individually.
CENTA studentships are for 3.5 years and are funded by NERC. In addition to the full payment of their tuition fees, successful candidates will receive the following financial support:
- Annual stipend, set at £15,009 for 2019/20
- Research training support grant (RTSG) of £8,000