PGR Opportunities and SPRING Competition Winners

Current PGR opportunities

There are 3 fully funded studentships available through the Leeds York NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). Please visit this link for further information.

Leeds/York NERC Doctoral Training Partnership 2017/18

Funding is available every year for UK/EU students through the Leeds York NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). DTP studentships provide full fees, maintenance funding for 3.5 years (RC UK rate) and some additional expenses for fieldwork, lab costs and conferences. Projects which are based in Geography and eligible for NERC DTP funding are listed below and the NERC DTP website has a full list of all projects available across the DTP.  The closing date for applications for this second round of applications is 16 June 2017. 

Please click here for information on how to apply.


SPRING - Supporting Postgraduate Research to Inspire the Next Generation

water@leeds is now in the fourth year of the SPRING award scheme: a postgraduate research funding competition open to all postgraduate research students whose research involves some aspect related to water. SPRING aims to provide additional research funds to research postgraduates to extend the scale and scope of their research projects.

Find out more here

PGR Case Studies

Click the names of past SPRING competition winners to find out more on their studies

  The winners of the 7th SPRING (Dec 2017) competition:

  • Benjamin Pile (Faculty of Biological Sciences) Combined impacts of parasites and climate change on the vital freshwater ecosystem process of detritivory.
  • Daniel Warren (Faculty of Biological Sciences) The Ecological Impact of Invasive Freshwater Predators upon Native Amphibians.

 The winners of the 6th SPRING (June 2017) competition:

  • Sarah Letsinger (School of Geography) Occurrence and Effects of Pharmaceuticals in Estuaries
  • Marie Arnaud (School of Geography) The belowground carbon and hydrological dynamics of natural and restored mangrove forest
  • Andrea Aiello (School of Civil Engineering) Biofiltration systems for optimised stormwater management in urban areas

The winners of the 5th SPRING (Dec 2016) competition:

  • Blandine Boeuf (School of Earth and Environment) – Cost-Benefit Analysis and Economic Tools in European Water Planning: Comparing the Implementation of EU Water Framework Directive in France and England
  • Daniel Warren (Faculty of Biological Science) – Predicting the Ecological Impact of Invasive Freshwater Predators upon Native Amphibian Populations
  • Lawrence Eagle (School of Geography) – Ecosystem response to extreme summer flooding in Glacier Bay, Alaska

The winners of the 4th SPRING (June 2016) competition:

  • Philippa Hill (School of Design) – Water repellency in outdoor apparel: consumer use, maintenance and physiological wear comfort
  • Zak Mitchell (Faculty of Biological Science) – Dragon Flight: How does flight ability affect macroecological patterns?

The winners of the 3rd SPRING (Dec 2015) competition:

  • Lawrence Eagle (School of Geography) – Extreme summer flooding and ecosystem processes in Glacier Bay, Alaska
  • C. Scott Watson (School of Geography) – Ice cliff, supraglacial pond and water storage dynamics in the Everest Region of Nepal

The winners of the 2nd SPRING (Jun 2015) competition:

  • Vicki Betts (School of Earth and Environment – Sustainability Research Institute) – Enhancing resilience in forest ecosystems and adjacent communities in the Eastern Arc Mountains: developing a new social-ecological network model
  • Nigel Taylor (School of Biology) – Developing tools for the risk assessment of invasive species
  • Gillian Park (School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies) – The Pavilion Women’s Photography Centre 1983-93: deciphering an incomplete feminist project
  • Margaret Oseigbowa Imonikhe (School of Civil Engineering) – Asset management: A way forward to improving the performance of urban water utilities in Nigeria

The winners of the first SPRING (Dec 2014) competition:

  • Nick Roxburgh—Opportunities and Barriers for Multi-Use Water Systems in Rural Nepal
  • Blandine Boeuf—Cost-Benefit Analysis and Economic Tools in European Water Planning: Comparing the Implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive in France and the UK
  • Hifza Johar—Probabilistic Assessment of Geogenic Arsenic Exposure and Attributable Health Risks
  • C. Scott Watson—Supraglacial lake and water storage dynamics in the Everest Region of Nepal