Current opportunities for PhD students

We are currently advertising five PhD student projects.  Please note that funding for these projects is only available to UK students eligible for 'Home' funding.

Aquifer thermal energy storage for large-scale heating and cooling in the UK [Info Sheet].  This project is offered via the NERC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) in Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet.  

High enthalpy geothermal reservoir modelling and optimisation [Info Sheet].  This project is offered via the NERC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) in Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet.

Measuring and modelling the interfacial properties of crude oil [Info Sheet‌].  Funding for this project will be sought from EPSRC as a CASE award with project partner BP.

Simulation of geothermal wells with reduced order modelling and data assimilation [Info sheet].  Eligible for a Departmental EPSRC scholarship.

Dynamic Mesh Optimisation for geological representation of highly heterogeneous reservoirs [Info Sheet]. Eligible for a Departmental EPSRC scholarship.

Other projects are available or can be jointly shaped for applicants who have access to other funding sources.


We 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.