Office Hours

We, at the NERC Doctoral Training Partnership in Environmental Research would like to bring to attention our upcoming “Office Hour” events, aimed at connecting the University of Oxford, and our programme, to a wide range of students from a variety of backgrounds in an accessible format.  

The first two Office Hours took place on Thursday, 26 November from 1-2pm and on Wednesday, 9 December from 1-2pm and provided students the opportunity to learn about the DTP in Environmental Research and the new scholarship we have launched for students from a diverse or disadvantaged background.  These scholarships are in addition to the new Black Academic Futures Scholarships launched this year for which all eligible candidates will also be considered.

Following some very positive feedback, we now plan a third and final Office Hours session on 11th January 2021 from 1-2pm.  Sign up here 

We are very keen to increase the diversity of our cohort and to foster and facilitate the sharing of fresh ideas and perspectives into the mix at Oxford. This initiative is aimed at giving more students the opportunity to come and meet us, find out more about our programme, and ask questions about the process of applying and how you can tailor your application for maximum effect. You may find that what we are looking for is not what you had expected. 

The DTP in Environmental Research is a four-year programme which provides full funding to between 18 and 24 students per year across a wide range of disciplines from Archaeology to Zoology and stopping off at Engineering, Chemistry, Maths, Geography, Earth Sciences, Physics and Plant Sciences along the way. We are looking for people with vision to help us solve some of the big environmental questions that face us all and we want to reach outside the traditional stereotype to find them. With this in mind we have created three diversity scholarships aimed at under-represented groups at Oxford. Students should meet at least one of these criteria to apply for one of these scholarships:



The minimum requirement for a PhD place is an 2:1 or upper second in your first degree, or 60% in a masters-level course. 

We recruit students into one of three research streams.  (Biodiversity, Dynamic Earth and the Physical Climate ) and you don’t need to have a project sorted out before you come. You can design your own project once you get here and have had the chance to meet up with some different supervisors and talk about your ideas. If this doesn’t appeal, you can also apply directly to a project, and we have some projects on offer here

We offer a training programme in terms 1 & 2 to equip you with some of the skills you’ll need to carry out your project here, Maths (essential & advanced), Programming, Statistics as well as Science communication skills such as writing, making presentations, designing posters and project proposals as well as introducing you to the research happening at Oxford through The Earth System course.  You can find out more about what we offer on our website here

We are still a relatively young programme with only two cohorts of students who have completed their PhDs, but we have alumni pursuing diverse careers at places like Kew Gardens, NERC, House of Lords (as a Policy analyst), Oxford University Press, Elsevier, Ensoft, and also doing post-doctoral research in a number of universities across the UK and Europe. 

Our programme is open to international applicants but we can only guarantee full funding to UK students. Successful international applicants may need to match the UK funding to make up the university’s international student fees. This includes applicants from the European Union. 

The Office Hour will be chaired by ClimateInColour Founder, Joycelyn Longdon, and Oxford Climate Society’s President, Nathan Lawson who are supporting the programme’s diversity and inclusion efforts.