• 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 planned for subsequent years.

    We are currently recruiting to Cohort 3 who will begin their study September 2021. Applications are open until 24 January 2021 for Industry Scholarships. Applications are closed for Cohort 3 Core Scholarships – check back for news on further recruitment cycles.

  • Q: How do I apply to the Aura CDT?

    A: Applications are open until 24 January for 4 x Industry Partner Scholarships in Cohort 3.

    Applications for Industry Partner Scholarships are to predefined projects.

    Applications for Core Scholarships are currently closed but there will further recruitment cycles so check back on the website for updates. Core Scholarship applications are made to one of our six Research Themes – you should select which one tallies most closely with your own research interests.

    To apply for either, you must use our online application form – see our How to apply section for instructions on how to complete the form and links to the appropriate form for each Research Theme and Research Project. If your application is successful, you will be invited to an interview; while Covid-19 restrictions apply, these will take place online.

    If you have any further queries, please get in touch via email: auracdt@hull.ac.uk

  • 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 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?

    We are currently recruiting to four Industry Partner Scholarships as part of our Cohort 3 intake, which will begin study in September 2021. Applications to these Industry Partner Scholarships are open until 24 January 2021.

    We will recruit two further cohorts of Core Scholarships, beginning September 2022 and 2023.

    Please contact auracdt@hull.ac.uk 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 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 auracdt@hull.ac.uk if you have specific questions about part-time study.

  • 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 and for Cohort 2 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.

    We also have a number of Industry Scholarships with projects predefined with an industry partner. We are currently recruiting to four scholarships in partnership with the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult or Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. Please see our Industry Scholarships for more information.

  • 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.

Applications for Cohort 3
open until 31 December 2020