Apply for a research opportunity

Available projects

Building the evidence base for the environmental benefits of urban trees with citizen science - The Open University - Dr Philip Wheeler

Crop health monitoring from advanced airborne hyperspectral sensingUniversity of Leicester - Prof. Hartmut Boesch

Efficient and sustainable use of floodplains for enhanced productivity The Open University - Prof. David Gowing

High Resolution Thermal Imaging Data for Earth Observation Research and Services - University of Leicester Prof. John Remedios

Mobile Air Quality Monitoring using Drones - Loughborough University - Dr Simon Pomeroy

Next generation winter road maintenance forecasts using data from the Internet of Things - University of Birmingham - Prof. Lee Chapman

Key dates

  • Application deadline – 13 July 2018
  • Interviews (to be conducted via Skype) – w/c 16 July 2018
  • Selection panel – 24 July 2018
  • Offers made by 7 August 2018

How to apply

To apply for a CENTA studentship you need to apply directly to the university hosting your chosen project via their online application form. For further information please contact the project supervisor.

In addition, you will also need to complete and submit the CENTA studentship application form as part of your chosen institution's online application procedure.

Financial support

CENTA studentships are for 3.5 years and are funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). In addition to the full payment of their tuition fees, successful candidates will receive the following financial support.

  • Annual stipend, set at £14,777 for 2018/19
  • Research training support  grant (RTSG) of £8,000



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 RCUK Terms & Conditions

Further information

For informal enquiries about the research projects please contact the relevant supervisors or for general queries about the DTP please contact CENTA at or 0121 414 6171