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Q: What is a Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT)?
A: A Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) is group of research organisations (universities and industry partners) combining research and expertise to support and train PhD students. CDT programmes provide fully-funded studentships providing financial support for doctoral tuition fees and a doctoral stipend for the full course of study.
Q: What are the benefits of studying within a Centre for Doctoral Training?
A: Membership of a cohort increases the student training experience: joining a supportive cohort of students from diverse academic background; opportunities to engage with researchers from a wide range of industrial and academic partners; enhanced training opportunities in both professional and personal development; career-building opportunities to make connections with industry and academic institutes.
Q: When does the programme start?
A: The programme began on 16 September 2019, with four further September cohorts over subsequent years.
We reopen recruitment in Autumn 2022 for Cohort 5 students beginning their study in September 2023.
Q: How do I apply to the Aura CDT?
A: Recruitment is currently closed. We reopen recruitment in Autumn 2022 for Cohort 5 students beginning their study in September 2023.
To apply, you must use our online application form – see our How to apply section for instructions on how to complete the form. If your application is successful, you will be invited to an interview; while Covid-19 restrictions apply, these will take place online.
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Q: What qualifications do I need for my application to be considered?
A: Our applicants must have, or expect to obtain, a first class honours degree or a Masters and an upper second class honours degree.
Applications for Core Scholarships are welcomed from prospective students from a wide range of academic and working backgrounds.
Criteria for specific Research Project Scholarships and for Industry Scholarships are more specific, as they relate to a specific research proposal.
All applicants should be able to demonstrate a strong interest in offshore wind and the environment, particularly if your background is in a different academic discipline.
Q: When do applications close?
Applications are currently closed. We will reopen recruitment in Autumn 2022 for students joining Cohort 5 of the Aura CDT, beginning study in September 2023.
Please check back on the website for further recruitment rounds as we add Industry Partner Scholarships on an ad hoc basis, as they become available.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you require any further advice around applications.
Q: I have already emailed you my CV, do I still need to apply online?
A: Yes, we only consider online applications. You will be asked to upload a copy of our Supplementary Application Form instead of your CV during the application process. For more details, please go to the How to apply section of our website.
Q: Is it possible to study part-time?
A: Yes, we welcome part-time students at the Aura CDT. However, Scholarships for part-time students are only available for UK students, due to Visa restrictions. Please contact email@example.com if you have specific questions about part-time study.
Q: What is a typical research project?
A: Please see our Research Projects section for examples of research being undertaken by Cohorts 1 – 3 of the Aura CDT, including several Industry Partner Scholarships. Research projects are varied, reflecting the Aura CDT’s unique focus on both energy AND the environment but all fit within our Six Themes.
Q: Do I need to submit a research proposal during the application process?
A: We don’t require a full research proposal for applicants to our Core Scholarships. When completing our Supplementary Application Form, you should summarise your research interests and reasons for wanting to study with us.
Applicants to our Industry Scholarships apply for a specific research project that has already been defined by the Aura CDT in collaboration with the industry partner.
For more information see our How to Apply section.
Q: Do I need to choose or contact a supervisor before applying?
A: No, you do not need to give us details of a specific academic you would like to work with. For specific Research Project Scholarships and for Industry Scholarships, the research proposal and supervisors are pre-defined. If you wish ask questions of the lead supervisor before applying, please direct these to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will ensure that your query is answered. We ask you not to contact supervisors directly.
Q: Where will I graduate from?
A: From the second year, candidates will be based at the university of their lead academic supervisor and will graduate from that institution.
Q: I don’t have a background in energy or environmental science, will you still consider my application?
A: We welcome applications from graduates of a wide range of STEM subjects, including: biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science, all branches of engineering, geography, mathematics, physics, psychology. Please let us know why you have an interest in offshore wind and the environment, particularly if your background is in a different academic discipline.