ETP Energy Industry Doctorate Programme

ETP Energy Industry Doctorate Programme - Round 1 applications now open!

We are delighted to confirm that ETP's successful Energy Industry Doctorate Programme is back open and accepting applications. Thanks to continued funding from the Scottish Government, the programme will continue to deliver highly skilled researchers into the workforce in support of the energy transition.

This phase of the ETP PhD programme will bring the overall number of co-funded energy industry doctorates across all themes to 151 since it started in 2010. This next phase of the ETP Energy Industry Doctorate Programme will comprise 4 calls, spread out over 9-month intervals. The conditions for this phase are the same as previously: 

  • Each studentship must have two supervisors from different ETP universities.
  • Studentships are funded on 1/3 1/3 1/3 model: up to £30k from ETP, remainder split between host university and industrial partner.
  • Industrial partner can be any size, any location

Timeline of the 2021 Round 1 call


Academic areas of particular interest for the 2021 call

The PhD proposals should relate to one of the following strategic aims of the Scottish Government's policy priorities:

  • Consumer engagement and protection
  • Champion Scotland’s renewable energy and low carbon potential
  • Improve the energy efficiency of Scotland’s homes, buildings, industrial processes and manufacturing
  • Support the oil and gas sector in a sustainable, secure and inclusive energy transition
  • Maintain secure, resilient and flexible energy supplies
  • Empower communities by supporting innovative local energy systems and networks

Timetable for the 4 Calls in this Phase 2021 - 2023

The timetable for the 4 calls in this phase of the PhD programme is as follows:


Call Open

Call Deadline

1 16/03/2021 11/06/2021
2 30/11/2021 28/02/2022
3 31/08/2022 30/11/2022
4 31/05/2023 31/08/2023


How to apply

You can download the application form and notes for guidance here.

Closing date

The deadline for applications for the Round 1 call is 12 noon Friday 11th June 2021.

ETP Member Universities

Over 120 high quality PhD studentships have been awarded, on a competitive basis, since 2010.

The ETP Energy Industry Doctorate Programme candidates have been based at our 13 member universities.


Awarded PhD Projects by theme

  • Bio- Energy
  • Carbon Capture & Storage
  • Energy Conversion & storage
  • Solar Energy
  • Wind Energy
  • Marine Energy
  • Power Systems & Networks
  • Energy Utilisation in Buildings
  • Oil & Gas
  • Energy Systems
  • Transport
  • Heat

Funding provided by

Thanks to continued funding from the Scottish Government for the ETP Energy Industry Doctorate Programme since 2017.

For more information

Stephen-Mark Williams
Executive Director, ETP
t: +44 (0)141 548 2013
m: +44 7970245708


Key dates for 2021 Round 1 applications

Q&A Webinar - 2nd June 2021

Deadline for submissions:
12.00 Noon 11th June 2021

Communication of outcome:
Mid-July 2021