Fully funded PhD Studentships in Energy Resilience and Built Environment (ERBE) in the UK: APPLY NOW!

Apply for Fully funded PhD Studentships in Energy Resilience and Built Environment (ERBE) in the UK




Loughborough University

Target audience

UK and International applicants

Application Deadline: 8 January 2023

PhD Studentships in Energy Resilience and Built Environment (ERBE)

Loughborough is one of the UK’s leading universities, and for over 100 years has produced new knowledge and understanding that permeates research and teaching at all levels. With one of the UK’s largest green campuses, it provides an uplifting environment in which to study. In UK league tables, Loughborough is one of the top five universities and has provided the best student experience for six consecutive years.

The School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Engineering is at the heart of global efforts to provide a safe, secure and affordable energy to our towns and cities, but architecture, construction and social and economic factors are crucial to managing energy and to the design and acceptance of resilient and low-carbon energy systems.

Energy Resilience Research

To address the full complexity of the energy challenge, ERBE CDT students often pursue multi-disciplinary projects.  Joint supervision with staff from other Loughborough Schools is therefore common, notably electrical and electronic engineering, the social sciences and design. This wider expertise in energy systems, ergonomics and design, and human behaviour at the individual and societal level, enables new insights. Many PhD projects have immediate impact and are pursued in collaboration with stakeholder partners including national energy supply companies, building design and consultancy firms, construction companies and central government.

ERBE students are embedded in a rich, self-supporting, research environment. They are provided with their own laptop and co-located with their PhD supervisor and over 60 other PhD students. Projects are co-created with their supervisors and stakeholder partner.

The ERBE training is second to none and based on 10-years of CDT experience. With our collaborators at UCL and MaREI, we shape the energy leaders of tomorrow who go on to influence academia, practice and policy.

Project details

The ERBE CDT PhD Studentship is an integrated, four-year programme, which will provide the knowledge, research, and transferable skills to enable outstanding graduates from physics to social sciences to successfully pursue research in one of three themes:

• Flexibility and resilience
• Technology and system performance
• Comfort, health, and well-being

By providing training in a rigorous, world-leading, stakeholder-shaped, outward-facing, and multi-centred research environment, the ERBE CDT will help the UK achieve the goals in the government’s industrial strategy and clean growth plan.

You are welcome to apply with a research proposal based on a self-generated project idea, or you can write a research proposal based on one of the project ideas here.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject. We welcome applicants with a background in engineering, architecture, physics, design, economics, mathematics, computer science, social science, health sciences, and other building energy or built environment-related disciplines. A relevant master’s degree and/or employment experience will be an advantage.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Fees are reviewed annually and are likely to increase to take into account inflationary pressures.

We have up to 10 fully funded studentships available. The four-year studentship is intended to start by 1 October 2023 and provides a tax-free stipend of £17,668 a year (2022/23 level; stipend increases each year) for the duration of the studentship, plus tuition fees. Up to three fully funded studentships can be allocated to outstanding international applicants.

We also accept applications from those who wish to self-fund, are in receipt of an independent scholarship, or are fully industry-funded; this must be indicated clearly on your application. Further information about UKRI funding eligibility can be found on the UKRI website

How to Apply

All applications should be made online and must include an outline research proposal. Under programme name, select Energy Resilience and the Built Environment. Please quote the advertised reference number ERBE23 in your application. For step-by-step guidance on the application process please visit our website.

To avoid delays in processing your application, please ensure that you submit the minimum supporting documents. See studentship assessment criteria



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