Postgraduate Study with the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR)

BIFoR advertise PhD opportunities on the website FindAPhD. Opportunities are also listed on the University of Birmingham Doctoral ReSEARCHer Database. Opportunities arise annually through the Central England NERC Training Alliance (CENTA) and the Forest Edge Doctoral Scholarship programme

A PhD studentship is now available, connected to the large QUINTUS project, to study nitrogen fixation in forest soil under elevated CO2. The studentship is funded at standard research council rates, is available to Home/EU citizens and starting on 1st October or whenever practicable. Suitable for outstanding chemists and biologists, and to environmental scientists and geographers with a strong chemical interest.  More information is available on FindAPhD.

CENTA opportunties

CENTA is a consortium of Universities and research institutes that are working together to provide excellence in doctoral research training. Funded by The Natural Environment Research Council.  New opportunties will be advertised autumn 2020. 

Forest Edge Doctoral Scholarship Programme 

Forest Edge is a Doctoral Scholarship Programme (DSP) funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The programme will recruit around 20 PhD studentships over four years and has so far recruited nine people in the first two years.  At its core, Forest Edge is about exploring the fundamental science, social science and cultural importance of forested landscapes. Projects are rooted in a strongly disciplinary setting, but set out to explore interdisciplinary challenges around themes of: values and meanings of forests, change drivers and resilience of forests in a changing environment, and communication cascades at molecular, ecological and social scales. The key philosophy behind the programme is to provide support for projects and lines of enquiry which would not normally be funded by UK research councils.

New opportunities will be advertised from 20 December 2020.

Dual Award with University of Western Sydney

BIFoR has opportunities for Dual Award PhDs with the University of Western Sydney.  The latest opportunities have just recently closed but future opportunities will be listed here.  Academic staff from BIFoR and University of Western Sydney will work together to develop projects and identify potential supervisors from each institution.  Students can split their research between BIFoR FACE and EucFACE.

Taught programmes

BIFoR do not currently offer any taught research postgraduate courses.  However, students interested in our research themes may like to consider some of the following courses.

Currently some of the students enrolled in these courses are volunteering with BIFoR and/or using the BIFoR FACE facility for their end of year project.