How To Apply

The DTP in Environmental Research is part of Oxford's Doctoral Training Centre.



The DTP in Environmental Research is now closed for applications in 2024.



NERC has provided funding for 16 full studentships in 2024.  With co-funding we are able to offer up to 20 fully funded places per year.  By applying to the DTP you are automatically considered for a funded place.   

EU students are now classified as Overseas for fees purposes.  We are able to offer fully-funded studentships to around 5 overseas students in 2024 who will be classified as Home students for fees purposes. A studentship package includes the following components:


Course fee (co-funded by NERC & the University)

Tax free living allowance (NERC)

Research and Training support grant (NERC)



will be held on 19 & 20 February 2024.  Candidates who are invited for interview will be contacted a week before. We will contact all candidates as soon as we can with the outcome of their application.


Widening Participation of under-represented groups at Oxford.


The NERC DTP is committed to improving access to candidates from groups that are under-represented at Oxford


Our Virtual Open Day on 29th November will include a Q&A with current students so that potential applicants can ask questions about the programme, as well as "What is a DTP?" and "What assessors are looking for in an application" sign up at this link or use the QR code in the banner.


Please see this short presentation on What Assessors are looking for in an application


Choosing a supervisor

We recommend that applicants make contact with potential supervisors throughout the application process. These contacts may lead to a research partnership, but there is no commitment on either side. All  students will develop a formal project proposal during the first 2 terms of the programme and, successful candidates (for projects other than CASE projects) are free to alter their research interests during this time if they so wish.

Candidates should note that if their application is successful, the DTP will aim to match them to their preferred supervisor; however, apart from CASE projects, this cannot be guaranteed as they may already have a full load of students. 

Application Procedure for all candidates


  • All applicants are required to follow the University guidelines on the admissions process.
  • The fastest, most efficient and preferred method of application is via the secure online application form
  • Please indicate on the online application form if you are interested in applying to a CASE project on our site (under proposed project title) otherwise, put the stream you are applying to in this field instead. 


Programme Code (or course code)

The programme code for the DTP in Environmental Research is R8_1.  You will need this for the online application form.  This is not the same as a studentship code.  

Studentship Code

You only include a studentship code if you are applying to a special studentship.  No studentship code is required if you are applying to the DTP programme.

Supporting materials

You will be required to upload the following documents to your application:

  1. contact details for 3 references, one of whom should be a recent academic supervisor
  2. Curriculum Vitae on the integrated template on the application form
  3. A personal statement, one side of approximately 500 words. We provide a Statement of Purpose instructions link here which also requests that you identify possible reviewers for your application (this is outside the 500 word count). Make sure you include your preferred research stream and topic area  in your personal statement and include the names of at least two academics, not your proposed supervisor, who would be appropriate to review your application. You can find suitable reveiwers on the supervisor page or departmental websites.
  4. Any existing university transcripts, if available.  These will be anonymised.

complete information on these materials is available here on the Graduate Admissions course page

Important points to note:

  • This year the online application form includes a CV template so there is no need to upload a seperate CV.
  • If applying for a CASE project please enter the project title in the “proposed field and title of research project” field on the Embark application form
  • If you are not applying for a CASE project, you do not have to specify a research project at this stage so indicate your preferred Research Stream where it asks for the “Proposed field and title of research project”; and if there are pre-defined projects or topic areas of interest to you, you can indicate this in your personal statement.

For further information and instructions as to how to make a full application, please see the links below:


The following colleges have entered into active partnership with the DTP, which means they actively support the programme with offers of joint funding and/or use of space and facilities for teaching and events, or graduate accommodation for our students.  We value these relationships highly. Please include one of these colleges on your application unless you already have an established relationship with another college and would prefer to remain there. In this case you should gain the agreement of the college office and then contact GAF to update your application form with the correct college choice.  There are other colleges who accept for the DTP but have not entered into a full partnership with us, and you can view these on the GAF course page here

St Cross College and the DTP offer a joint Graduate Scholarship to cover college fees, tuition fees (home/EU students) and stipend (for home students).  To be considered for this scholarship please add St Cross as your first choice college on the application form.

Reuben College offers a joint course fee scholarship with the DTP.

Brasenose offers a contribution towards the course fee each year.

  • Reuben College
  • Jesus College (Physical Climate & Biodiversity)
  • Linacre (All Streams)
  • Pembroke (All Streams)
  • St Anne’s (Biodiversity & Dynamic Earth)
  • St Cross (All Streams)
  • St Catherine’s (All Streams)
  • St Edmund’s Hall (All streams)
  • St Hugh's College (All streams)
  • University College (Dynamic Earth)
  • Hertford (All Streams)
  • Queen’s (Biodiversity)
  • St John’s (Biodiversity, Dynamic Earth)
  • Merton (Biodiversity)
  • Wolfson (All Streams)
  • Brasenose (All Streams)

Applying for other programmes of study


The DTP is not the only route by which you can apply to study for a D.Phil programme in Oxford.  Related programmes of study are updated on the graduate admissions website course page for our programme, here:

If you are a home student and wish to apply for a D.Phil to study Climate Physics in Atmospheric, Oceanic & Planetary Physics, then you should apply to the DTP only.  

There are a number of related programmes of study, such as Earth Sciences or Biology, where a fee waiver can be sought if applying for more than one of those on this list  you should complete a separate application form for each programme. You should then contact Graduate Admissions and Funding  to request a waiver for the additional application fees.