IAPETUS2 will support at least 16 fully-funded postgraduate studentships at one of our partner organisations in 2022.

All of our doctoral research projects are supervised by mixed teams of world-leading researchers, with members of staff from across our partner organizations involved in each.

Applications for 2022 are now open. Please see our list of projects and our How to Apply page to start your application.

Deep beneath the Ice: Seismic Imaging of the Antarctic mantle

Investigating records of Earth’s precursors in the early Solar System using Cr, Ni and Zn isotope compositions of meteorites

From geo-resources to energy storage: how do underground lithologies respond to thermo-mechanical coupling?

Impacts of El Niño on the climate-food nexus: understanding the controls and geomorphic implications of flooding on food production in northern Peru

Reconstructing Holocene climate change in the tropical Andes

Time travelling with ancient DNA: revealing past adaptations of plants to changes in atmospheric temperature and CO2 levels

Reconstructing the late Cenozoic history of the Japan Sea using diatom isotopes

Tectonic and hazard implications of a very complex piece of crust: Seismic Imaging the Sea of Marmara, NW Turkey

Holocene climate change in the southern Caucasus: reconstructing climate variability from the sediments of Lake Sevan

How does submarine melting affect marine-terminating glaciers?

Drivers of extreme high temperature events over Antarctica

The effects of climate warming and heatwaves on in situ benthic marine community development

Ocean-land response to freshwater forcing in the North Atlantic: Using the 8.2kyr Event to understand future climate change.

Transforming fractures – coupling deformation, heat and fluid flow within the Earth’s evolving oceanic lithosphere

Tracking Deep time Glacial Intervals

Temporal ecology in the Anthropocene

Using life histories to forecast how coldblooded animals respond to environmental change

Floral preferences of bumblebees across a range of European climates

Combined sewer overflows and their contribution to legacy faecal pollution in rivers

Environmental ecology of human pathogens at the beach

Disentangling the Genotype Palaeoproxy Challenge in the Humboldt Current System and Beyond.

It’s green light for algae! The molecular secrets of growth and biomass production under green light

Maternal care as a provider of adaptive behavioural, neural, and morphological diversity

Landscape scale effects on biodiversity in temperate and polar seas

Investigating the impact of glacial meltwater plumes in Greenland’s fjords

Testing for adaptive divergence in the microbiome under warming conditions: the case of sticklebacks from geothernal habitats

Using remote sensing and machine learning to explore the spatial patterning of poverty and inequality

Wood burning in Scottish homes: air pollution exposure, behaviour change and health

What’s in your basement? Controls on post-orogenic extensional basins

The Shackleton Range of East Antarctica: unravelling a complex geological history via an integrated geochronological, geochemical and geophysical approach

The Molecular Blueprint for Marine Biomineralization in a Changing Climate

Vegetation cover, slope and nutrient availability in tundra ecosystems

Exploring the genetic and dietary mechanisms of urban/rural divergence in a potentially self-domesticating animal

Living on the edge: ecology, movement and response to climate by goldeneye on the limit of their range

Extreme Temperatures Beyond Net Zero

Tectonically-driven oxidant production in the hot biosphere

Southern Ocean Microplastic Flux: Ecosystem and Carbon Impacts

Does climate change impact directly on breeding seabirds?

Understanding sea-level changes in the Mediterranean over the Common Era

Individual recognition in anemonefishes — causes and consequences of interspecific variation

Applying social network and personality trait analyses to understanding and managing human-macaque sympatry in urban Singapore

Can soil animals protect soil carbon in a warmer and drier world?

Rewilding: How does the cessation of livestock grazing affect upland food-webs?

Assessing the environmental and ecological drives of interannual variability in the life histories and population dynamics of icefishes (Family Channichthyidae) around the sub-Antarctic Island of South Georgia.

Tracking past grounding line retreat from onshore rates of ice sheet thinning

Modelling social-ecological systems to improve Atlantic salmon conservation

Scotland’s salt marshes in a changing climate

Understanding ULVZs: Anisotropy around the mantles most mysterious structures

Tracing battery metal (Li + Sn) mobility in granitic systems

New Design Methodologies for Open Pit Mines of Reduced Carbon Footprint for the Extraction of Green Economy Metals

Peatland restoration in practice: Evaluating methodologies for a fair price of restoration

The elemental and isotopic partitioning behaviour of nitrogen during magmatic differentiation

Healthy peat microbiota

Anthropogenic contaminants in alpine glaciers: assessing the environmental risk of contaminant accumulation and future release

Causes and consequences of parental age effects on offspring quality

Oceans, ice sheets and tectonics: investigating climate evolution in the Gulf of Alaska

Indian-Atlantic Ocean circulation connections during climate changes of the past

Beavers and climate change mitigation in freshwater systems

Decoding glacial landscapes using automated geomorphological mapping and machine learning

Is the onset of plate tectonics linked to enhanced recycling of bioessential nutrient?

Microbial migration and adaptation through glacial loss

Maximising urban green infrastructure for surface water flood management: an evidence-based approach

Sediment cover and erosion dynamics in bedrock river channels

Human-driven habitat change: impacts on Herring Gull populations and shifting conservation conflicts.

Exploring the landscape beneath the Antarctic Ice Sheet and its influence on ice behaviour

Snapshots of climate variability in the Central Pacific over the last 500ka from drowned Hawaiian coral reefs

Controlling the Earth’s climate by silicate mineral weathering

Integrating traits in polymorphism aware trees to better model speciation

Ice core records of past major volcanic eruptions and their climatic response

Links between mitochondrial function and social behaviour in a warming world

Restoration of riparian habitats on sugarcane plantations for bird diversity, bird – regulated ecosystem services and climate change mitigation and adaptation in rural tropical landscapes, Tanzania

Investigating the role of sexual conflict in parasitoid-host eco-evolutionary dynamics

A Changing Climate, A Changing Arctic: Investigating biogeochemical cycling in the Canadian High Arctic

Freshwater marl lakes: the unsung hero of Blue Carbon.

Utilising digital technologies to map river thermal habitat availability for key indicator freshwater species: a decision-support conservation tool for best-practice riparian woodland management

Soil carbon and biodiversity response to Scottish Highland rewilding

Where, when and why do Lesser Black-backed Gulls forage in cities?

Modelling landscape-level approaches for mitigating the evolution of pesticide resistance

Reconstructing Arctic climate change and its impacts on reindeer populations

In hot water: How will climate-driven water level changes impacts lakes?

How come peatlands exist when there are not enough electrons?

Investigating the role of structural and stratigraphic heterogeneities in regionally extensive mudstones in controlling vertical and lateral fluid migration in sedimentary basins

Post-copulatory sexual selection in insects: exploring new mechanisms of male and female mate choice

Defining environmental regulation of gut microbiome health and welfare in domestic animals

Of insects and men: Biomolecular study of fossil insects to trace human movement, trade and environmental impact in the past

The importance of location of origin for wildflower seed mixes

The preservation of volcanic ash from Iceland in northern Scotland

Modelling oak response to climate change and disturbance

Breaking the ice: insights into the evolution of plate tectonics from numerical modelling of Europa’s ice subduction

Investigating past changes in Greenland melting and its impacts on ocean circulation as a key to the future.

Using ecoacoustics to assess the biodiversity value of woodland creation sites

Making space for coastal change in cities: Which reclaimed land can we let go? (UrbanCoastAdapt)

Magmatic processes in mushy systems via coupled stable-radiogenic strontium isotopes

Novel geological sources of crop nutrients for tropical agricultural systems in rift valleys

Make your hyporheic bed: tracing silicon supply to glacial waters from the pro-glacial landscape

Constraining the conditions for greenhouse gas release from permafrost soils

Do redox-sensitive elements drive carbon dioxide release from high latitude rivers?

Climate-changing volcanic eruptions from magma source to ice core archives: a sulfur isotope perspective

Using metal isotopic compositions to track near surface hydrologic cycling of anthropogenic inputs in North East England

Peat-forming seasonally flooded forests of the Peruvian Amazon: distribution, carbon storage, and long-term ecology

Mud Volcanoes as windows to subduction zone processes; slab devolatilisation and mantle serpentinisation in the Mariana forearc

Ecosystem multi-functionality in tropical heath forests

Sulphur Landscapes: Isotopes and the Mining Environment (SLIME)

Detecting the signature of environmental change in partially observed ecological networks

Genomic and behavioural mechanisms driving the evolution of a novel visual signal in smoky rubyspot damselflies

Migratory patterns, diets, and death in stranded British odontocetes revealed through molecular and isotopic signatures

Carbon capture and storage: can a transdisciplinary framework for environmental impact assessment deliver a fair and equitable net-zero carbon future?

Identifying the genetic basis of local adaptation in a keystone freshwater species

Active deformation and landscape evolution in the western Ordos, northern China

Nutrient release from riverine particulates in estuaries

Constraining the geological evolution of the western portion of the Midland Valley: implications for its geothermal and H storage potentials

Nutrient behaviour accompanying afforestation in Iceland and France

Building the molecular tools to monitor the success of biological control for schistosomiasis

Neodymium stable isotopes in rivers and the oceans

Relict landscapes as archives of past climatic and tectonic conditions

Squeezing the middle ground: nature-based solutions and the hydrology of marginal lands

Understanding the role of the tropical Indian Ocean on regional and global climate over the last 2000 years

Geomicrobiology and environmental metagenomics of mercury-cycling bacteria

Microbial production of climate cooling trace gases in wetlands

The Cameroon Volcanic Line and the intraplate volcanism enigma

Sea ice, seesaws, and CO2: million-year to millennial climate and productivity change in the polar oceans

Impact of environmental change on the dynamics of freshwater zooplankton and their parasites

CO2 change and climate sensitivity in warmer worlds

Future Seas: Intraspecific variability in the ecological and transcriptional stress responses of intertidal ecosystem engineers

Constraining the climatic impact of mystery volcanic eruptions

Controls on organic carbon burial in fjords – a case study from an extreme glacial lake outburst flood in Elliott Creek (BC, Canada)

Phanerozoic CO2 and Mass Extinctions

Uncovering the Critical Metal Concentrations in Mine and Metal Processing Wastes: A data driven microstructural approach

Arctic forest change in a warming climate

Coastal climate resilience: exploring the value of geodiverse and biodiverse hotspots

Nitrogen pollution in rivers and coastal environments

Mandrills and microbes II: the gut microbiome

What are the genetic targets of sexual selection underlying rapid phenotypic divergence among species?

Developing the macroalgae (seaweeds) as indicator species for marine mortality events: an -omic approach

Controls on CO2 storage in the glacial ocean

Building a biological invasion risk network for UK Caribbean Overseas Territories

Quantifying the impact of woodland restoration on rodent communities and their pathogens

The rocks of the future: how do anthropogenic rocks form?

Bacteria: our geo-hazard defence soldiers

Novel reconstructions of seawater chemistry and carbon over the last 100 Myr

Understanding the importance of phytoplankton resting stages in algal bloom formation and climate change resilience in Loch Leven

Genetic differentiation and local adaptation of multivariate phenotype in a boreal sentinel species

Conservation in a dynamic landscape: metapopulation ecology of the endangered tansy beetle

Does rewilding improve ecosystem resilience?: a soundscape perspective

Examining the causes of large mammal extinction in the Alaskan interior since the Late Quaternary using lake sediment geochemistry

Exploring the tectono-magmatic evolution of Mesoproterozoic giant sill and dyke complexes

Towards the design of a digital twin for biopile remediation of hydrocarbon contaminated soils.

From energy geostructures to urban heat islands: how subsurface interfaces will respond to temperature variations?

A Layered Perspective on the Ocean Carbon Cycle

How soil characteristics affect the efficiency of energy geostructures?

Drone and satellite remote sensing to support catchment scale monitoring of biocontrol of invasive plant species.

Welding of hot pyroclasts in volcanic environments

Past ocean oxygen and pH changes

Sintering and 3D printing of lunar regolith to make building materials on the Moon

Bridging the 100 km gap: improving coastal sea-level change projections

Understanding the role of animals as predators of disease vectors: An overlooked ecosystem service?

Tracking past sea-level change In Western Scotland with a novel multi-proxy approach

Subside down: improving global patterns of vertical land motion

Understanding public awareness, attitudes and perceptions of invasive non-native species and their management in the UK

Climate change impacts on coastal rockslope erosion

What controls post-seismic rock-slope instability?

Mitigating the impact of LED streetlighting on insects

Population dynamics, behaviour, and spatial distribution of grey seals during the breeding season at the Farne Islands.

High Resolution Palaeoenvironmental Reconstruction from Lake Suigetsu, Japan

Occupancy, density and the ecology of terrestrial British mammals

Adaptation to an anthropogenic habitat: Integrated modelling of ecological and physiological impacts on chacma baboons

Citizen science and the ecology of urban mammals and birds

Evolution of pendant nests: do birds build to reduce predation risk?

Financial Support

IAPETUS2’s postgraduate studentships are tenable for up to 3.5 years, depending on the doctoral research project the student is studying and provides the following package of financial support:

  • A tax-free maintenance grant set at the UK Research Council’s national rate, which in 2021/22 is £15,609.
  • Full payment of their tuition fees at the Home rate;
  • Access to extensive research support funding; &
  • Support for an external placement of up to six months.

Part-time award-holders are funded for seven years and receive a maintenance grant at 50% of the full-time rate.

Eligibility & Requirements

Eligibility is under UKRI Terms and Conditions, which means that UK and International candidates may apply.  For International Students, UKRI only pay the equivalent of home fees, so please check with the host organization (University) making the award what the circumstances are with any differential between home and international fees.

For more on the UKRI eligibility Terms and Conditions, see here

A list of frequently asked questions on NERC/UKRI studentships, including eligibility criteria, can be found here.

IAPETUS2 is looking for candidates with the following qualities and backgrounds:

  • A first or 2:1 undergraduate degree, or have relevant comparable experience – we welcome applications from those with non-traditional routes to PhD study; &
  • Potential to carry out excellent research, as demonstrated by individuals with a passion to follow a career pathway in environmental research or applications.

IAPETUS2 Training Package

IAPETUS2 provides training for PhD students both as part of the cohort of IAPETUS2 students (and with continuity from the IAPETUS1 cohorts), and at the Host Organizations in which the project is based, and by providing access to external courses.  We use the Vitae Researcher Development Framework to plan training in order to fit into NERC’s Strategy for Providing Postgraduate Skills in the Environment Sector.

Each IAPETUS2 student will:

  • Be registered for a separate qualification, a Postgraduate Certificate in Environmental Methods, which will recognize the transferable skills training and non-project-specific training undertaken.
  • Have access to cohort-based activities at three points in the year: Induction in November, our SCENE Research Methods course in January, and our Annual Conference in May
  • Have access to more specialized training courses (recent examples include isotope geochemistry and advanced statistics with R), with some of those courses the result of specific requests from our students
  • Carry out Entrepreneurship training in the form of a “Mini-MBA”
  • Take part in virtual discussion groups with the rest of the cohort at different times in the year
  • Have access to funded placements, which can be student-led or designed by end-user partners
Key Dates
November 1, 2022
IAPETUS2 Applications open
December 16, 2022
Online Applicant Q&A workshop
January 6, 2023
Deadline for applicants to apply for a studentship
January 20, 2023
Applicants will be informed if they have been longlisted or not
January 23, 2023
Longlisted applicants send their CV and transcripts to the primary supervisor of the project
January 27, 2023
Deadline for applicants longlisted for multiple projects to select which project to be considered for
February 15, 2023
Deadline for longlisted applicants to apply to the Awarding University for the PhD
February 21, 2023
Applicants will be informed if they have been shortlisted to interview or not
February 28, 2023
IAPETUS2 Interviews Days
March 1, 2023
IAPETUS2 Interview Days
March 3, 2023
Shortlisted Applicants will be informed for the award decisions
March 15, 2023
NERC Universal Acceptance Date