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.

Current WISE CDT students receive a stipend of £14,553 (similar to a salary).  Students also receive a Research Training Support Grant of up to £11,000 across the four-year studentship.


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


All completed applications should be emailed to the WISE admission team at <>. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview at their preferred research institution. You will be informed if your application is to be considered for your second or third choice institutions. Applications will be shared with academic members of staff across the four partner universities. Prior to submission, all applicants are advised to read the University of Exeter Data Protection Statement.

We aim to let candidates know the outcome of their application within ten weeks of its submission, regardless of when it is submitted.


For a September 2018 start, the deadline for applications is 31 March 2018. Offers are made on an ongoing basis, so you are encouraged to apply early.


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 on applying please contact WISE here.