PhD projects for 2019 entry

The following PhD projects are available in NORMS with the potential for funding via a Departmental scholarship (UK/EU students only).

Fluid dynamics of magma reservoirs at mid-ocean ridges [Info sheet‌]

Prof. Matthew Jackson

Semi-structured multigrid method for fast numerical simulation of porous media flow [Info sheet‌‌‌]

Dr. Pablo Salinas, Prof. Chris PainProf. Matthew Jackson

Dynamic semi-structured meshes for fast numerical simulation of porous media flow [Info sheet]

Dr. Pablo SalinasProf. Chris PainProf. Matthew Jackson

Locally discontinuous pressure formulation for highly heterogeneous reservoirs [Info sheet‌]

Dr. Pablo SalinasProf. Chris PainProf. Matthew Jackson

To apply for one of these projects, please drop us a line to let us know you are interested before submitting an application via the Departmental website (closing date 18th January 2018)

We also have the following PhD project available in NORMS with the potential for funding via the Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) in Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet  (UK/EU students only)

 Self-potential monitoring of saline intrusion into coastal aquifers [Info sheet]

Prof. Matthew JacksonDr Adrian Butler

To apply for this project, please drop us a line to let us know you are interested before submitting an application via the SSCI website (closing date 8th January 2018; note earlier deadline)

NORMS also hosts PhD projects funded by the Centre for Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics.  Students do not normally apply for a specific project in this CDT; instead, you apply directly to the CDT and choose a PhD project towards the end of the first year of the programme.  If you are interested in joining the CDT in Fluid Dynamics with the ultimate aim of undertaking a PhD in NORMS, or are already a member of the CDT and would like to undertake a PhD project in NORMS, please let us know.


We also encourage researchers to join NORMS who have already secured, or are looking to secure, independent funding.  A number of schemes are available that provide financial support for RFs and PhD students.  A few of these are listed below; the list is not exhaustive and specific websites should used to check eligibility criteria, application requirement and deadlines.  If you plan to make an application to one of these schemes and wish to join NORMS, please contact us first as outlined below (Prof. Matthew Jackson, m.d.jackson@imperial.ac.uk).

Independent funding opportunities for Research Fellows

Imperial College Research Fellowship.  Application deadline typically in September each year, but check the website.  If you wish to apply for an ICRF, please contact us at least 6 weeks before the deadline.  We can review your application and also need to prepare a supporting statement.

EPSRC Research Fellowship.  Applications can be submitted at any time and are processed on a rolling basis. However, Fellowship applications are prioritised twice a year in approximately January / February and July, at  standard-grant panel meetings.  If you wish to apply for an EPSRC RF, please contact us at least 6 weeks before you plan to submit.  We can review your application and also need to prepare a Host Organisation statement.

NERC Fellowships.  NERC offers a range of Fellowship schemes.  Deadlines vary and you should check the specfic scheme(s) of interest to you.  If you wish to apply for an NERC RF scheme, please contact us at least 6 weeks before the submission deadline.  We can review your application and also need to prepare a Host Organisation statement.

Royal Society University Research Fellowships.  Application deadline typically in September each year, but check the website.  If you wish to apply for Royal Society URF, please contact us at least 6 weeks before the submission deadline.  We can review your application and also need to prepare a Head of Department statement.

Leverhulme Trust Fellowships.  Application deadline typically in November each year, but check the website.  If you wish to apply for Leverhulme Trust RF, please contact us at least 6 weeks before the submission deadline.  We can review your application and also need to prepare a supporting statement.

Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowships.  Application deadline typically in September each year, but check the website.  If you wish to apply for a RA Eng RF, please contact us at least 6 weeks before the submission deadline.  We can review your application and also need to prepare a Head of Department statement. 

Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.  Application deadline typically in November each year, but check the website  You must have 3 or fewer years of post-doctoral experience at the time of application.  If you wish to apply for a RCE 1851 RF, please contact us at least 6 weeks before the submission deadline.  We can review your application and also need to prepare a Head of Department letter of acceptance.

European Commission Individual Fellowships.  Application deadline typically in September each year, but check the website.  If you wish to apply for an EU IF, please contact us at least 2 months before the submission deadline. The proposal should be jointly prepared by the applicant and host organisation.

Independent funding opportunities for PhD students

Many PhD students join us having secured funding from their government or industry.  Imperial College offers a small number of scholarships; more information can be found here.  If you wish to apply for an IC Scholarship, please contact us at least 6 weeks before you plan to submit.  Please note that NORMS does NOT host self-funded students.  A scholarship to support your research is essential.