Over the next 5 years Water-WISER are offering 50 funded PhD studentships for UK and EU students. Cranfield University is proud to be offering 2 of these studentships this August.

Join us for an exciting and rewarding PhD opportunity.

Water-WISER offers a unique opportunity to contribute to the generation of new knowledge about sustainable water, sanitation and waste management services to improve infrastructure and services for the poorest and most marginalised members of our global community.

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The CDT is hosted by three world leading water, sanitation and waste management research centres, each with a pedigree of more than 40 years of relevant research and teaching experience, namely:

What are the unique features and benefits of a Water-WISER studentship?

  • A carefully crafted 4 year PhD programme of trans-disciplinary training will develop the requisite skills to solve complex problems and engineer solutions to infrastructure and service delivery challenges in the global south;
  • Studentship funding includes a minimum 6 month industry placement or in country field work opportunity;
  • Whilst hosted at a specific centre, you will also engage in a programme of stimulating technical and professional training with cohort peers in partner institutions;
  • Research will be co-designed with and supported by industry partners and implementing agencies to ensure relevance and impact;
  • Coordination and management provided by water@leeds, one of the biggest inter-disciplinary water research initiatives in the world.

Application deadline: 16 August 2019, to be made through the University of Leeds website here: engineering.leeds.ac.uk/CDT.

Invitations to interviews and assessment will be made by 21 August 2019.

Industry partners and implementing agencies

We are keen to establish effective relationships with relevant industrial and practice partners. This is to ensure that research corresponds to in-country needs and demand (for optimum impact), to help employers to be in contact with potential future staff and involved in their development (or indeed existing staff), and to develop competitive edge through helping to co-create and shape the research.

If you are interested in the remaining 2 studentships at Cranfield, then please contact Prof Sean Tyrrel s.tyrrel@cranfield.ac.uk

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At a glance

  • Application deadline16 Aug 2019
  • Award type(s)PhD
  • Duration of award4 years
  • EligibilityUK, EU
  • Reference numberSWEE0075

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, and/or a Masters degree in a relevant subject. We also recognise relevant industrial and academic experience.

Student eligibility

  1. UK citizens, and EU citizens who have been resident for education or employment purposes in the UK for 3 years prior to taking up the award, are eligible to receive the full funding package (including fees, maintenance and research funding support).
  2. EU citizens who have not been resident for education or employment purposes in the UK for 3 years prior to taking up the award may apply to the centre and if successful, will automatically be eligible to receive funding which covers fees and research support. In such cases a maintenance grant will NOT be paid and candidates would have to explore alternative sources of funding. You are advised to contact the CDT team to discuss this option prior to applying.
  3. In exceptional cases and at the discretion of the participating Universities non-resident EU and international candidates may be considered for the award of full UK/EU fees, maintenance and research funding support. There is a cap on such awards and candidates are advised that they should make a strong case in their application for their inclusion in the grant on the basis of their potential to make a significant contribution to the cohort. In successful cases the University will be responsible for covering any difference between UK/EU and International fees which MAY NOT be paid by the student.


A full standard studentship, consisting of academic fees and a maintenance grant. Additional funding for 6 month industry placement or in country field work opportunity, subject to approval by supervisors. See website for details

Cranfield Doctoral Network

Research students at Cranfield benefit from being part of a dynamic, focused and professional study environment and all become valued members of the Cranfield Doctoral Network. This network brings together both research students and staff, providing a platform for our researchers to share ideas and collaborate in a multi-disciplinary environment. It aims to encourage an effective and vibrant research culture, founded upon the diversity of activities and knowledge. A tailored programme of seminars and events, alongside our Doctoral Researchers Core Development programme (transferable skills training), provide those studying a research degree with a wealth of social and networking opportunities.

How to apply

If you are interested in the remaining 2 studentships at Cranfield, then please contact Prof Sean Tyrrel s.tyrrel@cranfield.ac.uk

Further information and details on how to apply