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 (£17,668 for 2022/23), (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 (£4596 2021/2022 rate). International and EU fee rate tuition fees are £23,750 – 20/2021 rate.


The 2023 round is now closed to applications.

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