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PhD Study


We are looking for exceptionally talented, motivated and creative scholars interested in a new generation of issues linked to the sustainable food supply for the planet, the governance of food systems, technical and social aspects of food production, hydrological processes and change, eco-hydrology, provision of clean water, and community resilience or adaption to climate change.



An engaging Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) providing bespoke and relevant training and mentoring, delivered by an international team of field experts. The DTP is versatile and flexible in addition to having rigour and relevance, allowing you to choose creditable development activites that fit your needs and research schedules. 

An array of DTP activities including discipline-specific seminars and workshops, annual summer schools, peer-to-peer presentations and discussions, as well as various social activities throughout the year. We encourage and facilitate student-led activities to complement and enhance this programme. 

The Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) and access to facilities. The University has invested over £7.5 million to establish the dedicated research facility at Garden Organic, Ryton Gardens, which boasts extensive office space, meeting rooms, IT equipment, soil and water labs, a computational modelling lab and a video-editing suite. As an integral part of CAWR, you will have access to all facilities and equipment. 

The CAWR Research Community. We are an international team of 50 strong academics, from early career researchers, to full professors who are world leading experts in their respective fields. As a CAWR student, you will be regularly invited to participate in our thematic group meetings, guest seminars and general staff meetings, thereby gaining access to research expertise and mentoring beyond the immediate supervisory team. This allows you to gather insight into work culture, practices and norms by working alongside researchers and other professional services staff at the centre. You will have dedicated administrative support through the various stages of your progress, from application to award. 

Post-doc Incentive for PhD students with a successful track record and prompt completion, who are offered the opportunity to compete for 1 year of post-doctoral funding at Coventry University. 



Informal expressions of interest, including a motivation letter, a resume and a brief research proposal, can be submitted to potential supervisors within CAWR.

Entry requirements:

  • a recognised Masters degree in a relevant discipline from a reputable institution,
  • the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a three year period of study,
  • English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component). 

For details on the formal application process and forms, please see Making an Application on the University’s website.

For potential supervisors and their areas of expertise, please see our staff list.

Contact our Current PhD students to hear first hand about their experience at CAWR.



2018 Commonwealth Split-Site Scholarships

Applications are now open for 2018 Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships, enabling PhD candidates based in developing countries to conduct research in the UK, and for universities to develop their international research collaborations and partnerships.

Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships are for PhD candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries to spend up to 12 months at a UK university as part of their doctoral studies in their home country. The applicant's home university must have an institutional or departmental link with the proposed UK university.

These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and offered through the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC).

The deadline for applications is 15 February 2018. For full details, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit the website.

NFU Mutual Charitable Trust Centenary Award

The award gives annual bursaries to pay up to 75% of course fees for selected PhD and Masters students in agriculture.

To apply for the Centenary Award applicants will need to meet the following guidelines:

  • Have achieved (or be expected to achieve) at least a 2:1 in agriculture or a related degree.
  • Have been offered, or applied for, a place on a postgraduate course (Masters or PhD).
In addition your course should feature at least one of the NFUs three areas of interest as the main part of the course. These are:

  • Sustainable agriculture and climate change
  • International agricultural development
  • The application of science and innovative technology to the agricultural industry.
If you think you are eligible please contact the NFU for further information. Further details can be found on their website.   

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs of Northern Ireland (DAERA)

Every year DAERA offers a limited number of postgraduate studentships.

The studentships cover a three year period of research and lead to a PhD qualification. They are open to Home, EU and International students registered in a UK university.

More information can be found here.

Coventry University Scholarships:

For information regarding the scholarships that are available via Coventry University please see the 'About our Scholarships' page for further details.


Moussa Sidibe

"I always perceived a PhD as a daunting task, I shall admit that undertaking it in a transdisciplinary and innovative oriented research centre as CAWR, makes it easier. As a CAWR PhD student I feel lucky to be in contact with brilliant minds from all around the world."