Energy Storage and its Applications

The ground-breaking Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Storage and its Applications at the Universities of Sheffield and Southampton opened in October 2014, funded by the EPSRC, to tackle industrial challenges and develop new technologies and skills that will enable the UK to meet its low carbon targets.

How to apply

Applications from engineering discipline graduates are sought at Sheffield, and applications from all disciplines are still welcomed at Southampton.

Entry requirements

  • An academic track record of either a 1st class or a 'good' upper 2nd class degree in an engineering, physical science or mathematics discipline from a leading university.
  • Demonstrated capability for independent research, thinking and leadership.
  • The ambition to work independently, with industry and in a team.

EPSRC studentship eligibility

The Centre can only offer EPSRC funded studentships to UK and EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years immediately preceding the start of the course. More specifically the student must:

  • have settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay, AND
  • been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the grant. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences), AND
  • have not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education (this does not apply to UK or EU nationals).

The level of EPSRC studentship offered is determined by your 'UK', 'EU' or 'non-EU' student status, as follows:

  • For 'UK' status applicants the CDT in Energy Storage provides fees and a tax-free stipend at an enhanced rate of £18,000 per year.
  • For 'EU' status applicants that have been resident in the UK for the previous 3 years, the CDT in Energy Storage provides fees and and a tax-free stipend at the enhanced rate of £18,000 per year.
  • Eligibility for a scholarship is fixed upon entrance and does not alter during the program - if you are not eligible at the start you will not become eligible during the program.
  • EU applicants that have not been resident in the UK for the 3 years are eligible for a fees only (i.e. no stipend) studentship. If you have not been resident in the UK within the last 3 years you must also evidence your English language proficiency through the IELTS qualification, for which the Centre accepts applications only from candidates with an IELTS score of 7.5 or above, with a minimum of 7.0 in each component. 

EU and International candidates

Exceptional self-funded Home, EU or International students, or students bringing new fully-funded industrial sponsorship, are eligible to participate within the CDT training and research cohorts. There are strict requirements for EU and International applications, as follows: 

  • You must be able to evidence English language proficiency through the IELTS qualification,  obtaining a score of 7.5 or above, with a minimum of 7.0 in each component. 
  • You must evidence your financial capability for tuition fees for the 4 years of the program at application. The fees are set centrally by each partner University. The 2016/17 international tuition fees are £22,000 at the University of Sheffield, and £21,360 at the University of Southampton. 
  • You must evidence your financial capability to cover your living costs during the program whilst in the UK.
  • If you have already been awarded funding that does not cover the full fees and living costs for full term of the CDT program (4 years) you will need to evidence your resources to cover the fees and living costs at the rates detailed above, for the unfunded part of the program.

All of these requirements must be considered before any application can be considered or any offer made.

Where to apply

There is a maximum of 5 funded places available per year at each partner University. 

Applicants should decide which of the partner universities they wish to be registered at and apply to one partner only via the links below.  

Please check that you meet the eligibility criteria before applying.

  • Applications must be submitted using either the Southampton or Sheffield University online Post Graduate Research applications link given below.   
  • Please follow the step by step instructions (given below) carefully to make sure you apply for the Energy Storage CDT. 
  • When prompted for a supervisor please nominate Professor Peter Hall at the University of Sheffield, or Professor Andrew Cruden at the University of Southampton.
  • Specific PhD topics cannot be included at application stage - all projects are allocated after students start.
  • The CDT will vary your academic supervisor allocated to you to compliment your PhD topic at the end of the first year of the program.
  • Include a supporting statement explain why you are interested in energy storage research.

The application process

  1. Make sure you meet the eligibility criteria outlined above.
  2. Go to either the Southampton application webpage [course code ‘iPhD 7813'] or Sheffield applications webpage [course code 'CPER05']
  3. Create an account if necessary and log in.
  • Sheffield applications:
  1. Complete "Part 1 - Your Details". 
  2. Part 2 - Course Applications- choose "Add New Research Course"
  3. Qualification applying for? - select "Doctoral Training Course"
  4. Which Doctoral Training Course do you want to apply for? - select "PhD Energy Storage"
  5. Complete the remaining details on this and subsequent screens, uploading any necessary documents. 
  6. Supervisor details can be left blank; under funding choose "Studentship or scholarship" and "Funding confirmed".
  7. Please include in your supporting statement why you are interested in the project and how you will contribute to it.
  8. Check all the details, upload any required documents, and  submit the application.
  • Southampton applications: 
  1. Select Programme type - "Research/Full time"
  2. Faculty - select "Faculty of Engineering & The Environment"
  3. Select "Energy Storage Applications (full time)"
  4. Login and complete the remaining details on this and subsequent screens, uploading any necessary documents. 
  5. Supervisor details can be left blank; under funding choose "Studentship or scholarship" and "Funding confirmed".
  6. Please include in your supporting statement why you are interested in the project and how you will contribute to it.
  7. Check all the details, upload any required documents, and  submit the application.