ACCE DTP PhD opportunities at University of Sheffield

Below you will find a list of projects available for study at University of Sheffield. Applications should be made via the institution portal, linked in the FindAPhD page. 

The ACCE application system is a little different from other PhD programmes. We strongly recommend that you read the How to Apply and Application Tips webpage to understand what we are looking for at ACCE and how to make your application. 

In brief:

– Contact potential supervisors before submitting an application. 

– You can apply for more than one project 

– You must include your completed ACCE personal statement proforma as an attachment/in the section requesting a cover letter/supporting statement/personal statement (note that what it is called and how it is submitted depends on the institution you are applying to). 

How to apply

To apply for any of the studentships hosted by The University of Sheffield,  please complete an online application form at this link:

  • Please select ‘Standard PhD’ and the Name of the Department from which the title of the ACCE studentship is announced;
  • Fill in the Title of your desired project and the name(s) of the supervisors. (You can apply for more than one project to increase your chances to be nominated for an interview, but you can be interviewed for only one);
  • As a ‘Study term,’ – point out full-time or part-time PhDs depending on your wish;
  • The starting date of PhD will be the start of the next academic year-
  • Funding stage‘ on the form will be ‘project studentship‘.

Creating a Personal Statement

The proforma provides guidance for the Personal/Supporting Statement segment of the application.


The studentships are open to UK and international/EU applicants.


The studentships are 3.5 year fully-funded studentships and are part of the NERC Doctoral Training Partnership in Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment (ACCE). The studentship covers: (i) a tax-free stipend at the standard Research Council rate (£15,600 for 2021/22), (ii) tuition fees at UK rate, and (iii) research consumables and training necessary for the project.

Please note that the UKRI funding only covers UK fees (£4500 2021/2022 rate). International and EU fee rate tuition fees are £23,750 – 20/2021 rate.

Closing date for applications is 14th January 2022


Prof D J Beerling – FACE-ing the future: the world’s first CO2 enriched enhanced weathering field trials

Prof B J Hatchwell – Adaptive evolution of an invasive parrot population

Dr S Mesnage – Bacterial cell envelope remodelling in Rhizobium leguminosarum: contribution to symbiosis and resistance to abiotic stress

Dr N Nadeau – Nature’s miniature solar panels: the thermal properties of butterfly wing scales and their evolution

Dr A Wright – The evolution and genomics of sexual phenotypes

Dr T Webb – Multiple dimensions of biodiversity in the benthos: implications for marine spatial planning

Prof R Freckleton – Lianas, logging and the diversity of tropical forests

Dr H Croft – The form, function and vulnerability of urban trees under future climate change

Dr J Edmondson – Right tree, right place, right reason: understanding species specific benefits and disbenefits of urban trees

Prof G Phoenix – Changing Arctic ecosystems: consequences of plant community change for ecosystem function

Dr D Childs – Unravelling the extent and impacts of plant invasion in the last pristine landscapes of Europe: the role of species interactions

Dr K L Evans – Biodiversity and the health and well-being benefits of green-space

Prof A Beckerman – The Dynamics of Freshwater Food Webs Under Multiple Threats

Dr G Thomas – A global analysis of the effectiveness of Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas for conserving the world’s birds

Dr M Val Martin – Quantifying air quality and indirect climate feedbacks of land-based greenhouse gas removal strategies


Dr D Swift – Dynamics of ‘Glacier Blood’ microbial ecosystems in the European Alps

Prof Ed Rhodes – Earthworms as ploughs and bioreactors: optimising management for sustainable soils

Dr S Livingstone – Is Greenland greening? Biogeomorphic interactions in the ice sheet forelands

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