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.
Our project-based studentships are open to all applicants who meet the academic requirements (at least a 2:1 at UK BSc level or at least a pass at UK MSc level or equivalent). Please note that unless you are eligible for a Home award, you will need to consider how you will be able to meet any shortfall in funding for tuition fees. Different institutions will have different requirements for this, please contact the supervisors listed on the project for more information.
To be eligible for a full (Home) award a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship.
(For further information please see Annex B in the following document: https://www.ukri.org/files/funding/ukri-training-grant-terms-and-conditions-guidance-pdf)
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 £15,285 for 2020/21
- Research training support grant (RTSG) of £8,000