Exemplar Project Submission Guidelines


Supervisor Eligibility

To be eligible to act as a supervisor for a DTP PhD student, a member of staff must:

  • have been approved by their Head of Department or Division as suitable to supervise a NERC PhD student.
  • have a current contract which exceeds the length of the PhD studentship, in order to ensure continuity of supervision for the student.

Staff members should ideally have completed their 3-year probation period. However staff members still within their probationary period may act as primary supervisor, provided that a senior member of staff from the same department is also included as part of the supervisory team (as secondary or a tertiary supervisor).


Project Rules

A member of staff may submit a maximum of 3 projects as primary supervisor:

  • One with a named colleague from their own institution;
  • One with a named colleague from another institution in the Partnership, and
  • One with a named second supervisor and the confirmed involvement of an Associate (CASE) Partner.

Individuals are permitted to be named second supervisors on multiple submitted projects. 

Each PhD project must include at least one supervisor from one of our University partners, capable of awarding doctoral degrees.


The primary supervisor of a project must be a member of one of the departments listed below.


Eligible Departments

Birkbeck, University of London: Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, Department of Geography.
Brunel University London: Centre for Pollution Research and Policy
Institute of Zoology: All departments/units. 
King’s College London: Department of Geography, Department of Analytical, Environmental & Forensic Sciences, Department of Population Health Sciences.
Natural History Museum: Earth Sciences Department, Life Sciences Department, Core Research Facilities.
Queen Mary University of London: School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences, School of Geography.
Royal Holloway, University of London: Department of Biological Sciences, Department of Geography.
University College London: Anthropology, Institute of Archaeology, Earth Sciences, Genetics, Evolution & Environment, Geography, Mathematics, Physics & Astronomy, Space and Climate Physics, Statistical Science, Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction. 

Allocation of PhD projects

Students are allocated to their PhD projects by mid-January. Academics are limited to being a primary supervisor for one student in any one cohort and are not allowed to be a primary supervisor for consecutive cohorts. An academic is limited to being a second supervisor for one student in each cohort. Individuals can be second supervisors for consecutive cohorts. 

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