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Funding and awards

College funding information:


STFC funded PhD studentship in Planetary Science 2018 - applications now closed

Characterising asteroidal and cometary material on the Moon and its value for future resource utilisation - project details for reference only.



NERC London Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)

Application deadline (for one additional studentship): 11am 20 July 2018

The department is part of the NERC London Doctoral Training Partnership. NERC funded projects include fees, a student stipend, which is set in line with RCUK guidelines, and a research grant to cover any expenses associated with the project. We have one DTP additional studentship open for application to start in September 2018.

More details on how to apply.

Many of our academics are lead supervisors for 2018 studentships - you can find more details about Birkbeck projects.

NERC DTP Birkbeck projects

If you want to know more about these projects or have your own idea for a project do not hesitate to contact an apropriate member of academic staff - contact details can be found through the profile links.

  • A geological puzzle related to the subduction history of the southern Antarctic Peninsula (Supervisor Andy Carter)
  • Fluvial and lacustrine sedimentation in a foreland basin (Supervisor Charlie Bristow)
  • Evolution of explosive magmatic systems on oceanic islands: example of Brava (Cape Verdes) (Supervisor Hilary Downes)
  • Assessing early hominin diet using carbon isotope analysis of cut-marked bone (Supervisor Phil Hopley)
  • Modelling the effects of partial melt on seismic waves (Supervisor James Hammond)
  • Joint Seismic tomography for the Africa plate and underlying mantle (Supervisor James Hammond)
  • Can boron isotopes be used as a proxy for palaeo-frugivory? (Supervisor Phil Hopley)
  • Constraining the glacial carbon cycle (Supervisor Philip Pogge von Strandmann)



Department funding


External funding opportunities