ETP Energy Industry Doctorate Programme

About the ETP Energy Industry Doctorate Programme

The ETP Energy Industry Doctorate Programme is open for a further call, in support of the Scottish Government's Energy Strategy.

This programme is addressing the strategic demands of industry and government for ‘industry-ready’, post-doctoral researchers to enhance energy industry innovation and knowledge exchange effectiveness. A defining characteristic of the programme is strong industry engagement where companies are co-investors, support project specification and engage with the research directly. 

Timeline of the 2020/21 intake

Academic areas of particular interest for the 2020/21 intake

The PhD proposals should relate to one of the six strategic aims of the Scottish Energy Strategy - The Future of Energy in Scotland:

  • 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 Oil and Gas Industry Strengths
  • Maintain Secure, Resilient and Flexible Energy Supplies
  • Empower Communities by Supporting Innovative Local Energy Systems and Networks

In addition, the following areas are of particular interest in 2020:

  • Off gas grid low carbon heat solutions
  • Encouraging consumers to engage in the energy transition
  • Zero carbon building retrofit
  • Negative emissions technologies
  • Enabling heavy vehicle users to move towards low carbon technology
  • Enabling the Hydrogen economy
  • Enabling a green socio-economic recovery
How to apply

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

The deadline for applications is 12 noon 30 September 2020.

ETP Member Universities

Over 100 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.


Current 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

For more information


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