How to apply

Apply Now! Applications for fully funded PhD studentships commencing in September 2018 are being accepted

We invite applications from graduates in Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics, Geography and Computer Science who have demonstrated excellence at Undergraduate or Master’s level. Applicants should have an interest in specific aspects of water and informatics, and are expected to demonstrate creativity and be open-minded to collaborative work and innovation.

WISE CDT students starting in September 2018 will receive a stipend of £14,777 (similar to a salary).  Students also receive a Research Training Support Grant of up to £11,650 over the duration of the four-year studentship.


To apply for a WISE CDT PhD studentship, please provide the following:


Your completed application should be emailed to the WISE CDT admissions team at <>.  If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to an interview at your preferred research institution. 

Please note that as the WISE CDT PhD Programme is a collaboration between four partner universities, applications are shared with academic members of staff across the four universities as part of the selection process, in line with the University of Exeter’s privacy notice.  Prior to submitting your application, you are expected to read the University of Exeter’s webpages on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

We have a small number of places left for a September 2018 start – the deadline for applications is 31 August 2018. 


Eligibility for funding

Up to 20 fully funded four-year PhD studentships are available each year for UK and EU applicants. All successful applicants will be offered a WISE CDT PhD studentship which covers both tuition fees and a tax-free living allowance for the duration of the four-year programme. The number of studentships available to EU applicants may be limited due to funding eligibility requirements, however we encourage all interested parties to submit an application. International students are welcome to apply to the CDT programme if they are able to provide their own source of funding. Please find more guidelines from the EPSRC here.

Please note: applications to the WISE CDT are not passed along to other postgraduate programmes at the four partner universities.  All applicants are welcome to apply to any other postgraduate programmes through the standard online channels on the websites for Exeter, Bath, Bristol and Cardiff.


For further information about applying for a studentship, please contact the WISE CDT Admin. Team here.