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Welcome to the website for the SPHERES NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). Our NERC DTP spans the science of Earth’s atmosphere, geosphere and biosphere. It is hosted by five academic departments at the University of Leeds and one at the University of York, building on a history of bi-lateral and multi-lateral research collaboration. Through high quality research projects and training, we attract excellent postgraduate students into natural environment science research and train them for future employment and leadership, enabling them to contribute to environmental well-being and UK economic prosperity. We have recruited over 100 students in 4 cohorts since October 2014. Their research projects tackle current and future global challenges such as climate change, atmospheric pollution, natural hazards, sustainable use of natural resources (e.g., water, hydrocarbons, minerals, soils, forests, biodiversity) and food security.

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Dr Sebastian Rost

Other PhD opportunities

There are also other PhD opportunities in our host departments. Students who are interested in studying for a PhD in our departments, and who have alternative sources of funding, are welcome to view the list of available PhD projects by clicking here or by using the menu on the left. For more details please contact the lead supervisor.

Latest News

Applications Now Closed (Jan 9, 2018)

Welcome Cohort 4 (Oct 13, 2017)

Atmosphere Day 2017 (Jun 27, 2017)

2017 DTP Student Conference and Prizes (Jun 5, 2017)

DTP Careers Workshop (Mar 24, 2017)

Invasive Species Week at Leeds University (Mar 20, 2017)

SPHERES DTP Newsletter #2 (Feb 17, 2017)

New SPHERES DTP Newsletter (Oct 31, 2016)

DTP students head 'Into The Blue' (Oct 20, 2016)

News Archive


Placement at the UNFCCC Secretariat (Joana Melo, Dec 11, 2017)

Lasers, radar and rockets: The recipe for an ideal conference (Shane Daly, Sep 27, 2017)

Blog from the Field (Sarah Fell, Sep 15, 2017)

What doesn’t get shown in the final publication (Shane Daly, Sep 6, 2017)

Making Tracks (Jude Lane, Aug 17, 2017)

My NCAS Trip to Beijing (Laura Kiely, August 9, 2017)

99 Luftballoons (Shane Daly, June 16, 2017)

Early Season Success (Jude Lane, May 16, 2017)

A Gannet tracking first?! (Jude Lane, Apr 25, 2017)

Visit to Ghent University Forest & Nature Lab (Jordan Chetcuti, Feb 24, 2017)

Who’s back on Bass Rock? (Jude Lane, June 28, 2016)

2nd World Seabird Twitter Conference (Jude Lane, May 6, 2016)

Who's the daddy? (Jude Lane, Mar 8, 2016)