Q: Is it possible to study part-time?
A: Yes, we welcome part-time students at the Aura CDT. Please contact email@example.com if you have specific questions about part-time study.
Q: When does the programme start?
A: The programme began on 16 September 2019, with four further September cohorts planned for subsequent years.
Applications for our Core Scholarships will reopen in Autumn 2020 for Cohort 3 beginning September 2021. Check back on the website for updates regarding both Core and Industry Partner Scholarships, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. You 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: 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 your CV during the application process. For more details, please go to the Information for Applicants section of our website.
Q: What is a typical research project?
A: Students under our Core Scholarship programme define their research proposals during their first year. See our Research Projects section for examples of research proposals that are being undertaken by Cohort 1 of the Aura CDT. Research projects are varied, reflecting the Aura CDT’s unique focus on both energy AND the environment but all fit within our Six Themes.
We also have a number of Industry Scholarships with projects predefined by an industry partner. We are not currently recruiting for these, but when recruitment reopens our Industry Scholarships page will include a project list.
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. Using the online application portal, you should summarise your research interests and reasons for wanting to study with us. We work with Core Scholarship students during the first year to refine their research proposals.
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.
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 Core Scholarships, this will be worked out during your first year of study, should you be accepted. You may tell us more about your research interests and if you have a particular reason you wish to be based at a particular institution in the online application. For Industry Scholarships, the research proposal and supervisors are pre-defined – you may contact the lead supervisor before applying if you have specific questions.
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.
Q: When do applications close?
Applications to our Core Scholarships have closed for the September 2020 intake but we will recruit three further cohorts, beginning September 2021, 2022 and 2023. The next recruitment round is planned for Autumn 2020. Please contact email@example.com for further advice around applications.
Q: How do I apply to the Aura CDT?
A: You may only apply while applications are open. 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.
If you have any further queries, please get in touch via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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