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SENSE CDT – Funded PhD Opportunities

The Satellite Data in Environmental Science (SENSE) Centre for Doctoral Training (SENSE CDT), funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and hosted at the Universities of Leeds and Edinburgh, is currently recruiting for our 2023 cohort of PhD students (20 fully funded studentships in total). Please see our projects page to see the available studentships – more are being added so please do keep coming back to check!

The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday the 15th of January 2023.

Additionally, SENSE are holding drop-in sessions in the new year with our EDI champion to help support you with your application. Please follow the links below to sign up if you are interested:

As part of the ongoing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) work at SENSE, they are working to widen participation for UK-domiciled underrepresented groups, which we have identified as Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, disabled persons and those from alternative or disadvantaged socio-economic background. As such, we are offering prospective candidates from these groups opportunities and resources such as:

  • This year SENSE are guaranteeing interview slots for up to 50% of our previous year’s interview allocation, for BAME or disabled applicants. Gender is not one of SENSEs underrepresented categories.
  • 1-2-1 sessions with one of our Centre Managers ( or our EDI Champion to further advise candidates on their applications.

More information for applicants can be found on our ProjectsHow to Apply and dedicated FAQ webpages. You will also find additional resources such as How can a PhD help me with my career?

Candidates are welcome to email SENSE at if they have further questions. All candidates will always be selected based on merit and ability within an inclusive and fair recruitment process.