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AI for the study of Environmental Risks (AI4ER)

UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training

Timeline (to apply to start in October 2022)

Applications are now closed

Interview dates (via zoom)

  • Gates (rest of the world) and Trust funded studentships: Monday 31 January 2022
  • 4C studentships (round 1) and UKRI funded studentships: Monday 21 March and Tuesday 22 March 2022
  • 4C studentships (round 2): Thursday 24 March and  Tuesday 29 March 2022


Please note that most places are filled during the first round of recruitment. Applications received after this time will be considered, but funding opportunities, and places, may be limited.

The final deadline for applications is 16 May 2022, however, should all the places be filled the Department reserves the right to close early. We strongly advise applicants to submit their applications as early as possible.


How to apply

Before applying, please ensure you have read the information provided on all the pages for our programme on the course directory and on this site.

We must receive the following documents, via the applicant portal, by the deadlines given

  • A completed application form
  • Academic Transcript(s)
  • Two Academic References
  • CV
  • Statement of Interest - please tell us how you see the application of AI transforming the assessment of environmental risk in the next 5-years. 
    • If you are also interested in applying for a Cambridge Centre for Carbon Credits studentship please indicate this on your statement of interest plus list up to 3 projects that you are interested in applying to. 
  • Reason for applying:
    1. Please state why you are interested in carrying out research in environmental science (max. 600 words);
    2. Please give a summary of your machine learning and/or programming experience (max. 600 words). These two questions need to be submitted in one document (pdf).

All applications will be considered for UKRI funding, therefore in the funding section of your application please select "no" to the following question: Have you applied for or secured funding for this course that is in addition to the funding listed in this form and the student funding  search?

Unfortunately your application will be rejected if we do not receive all of the documents by the deadlines. Please ensure you check on the status of your application after submission, and contact your referees if references are still pending after 10 days.

Recruitment process

Our recruitment panel will shortlist following strict criteria issued by the University to departments. Criteria includes academics, references and potential for the programme (knowledge of the field, experience and fit, aptitude etc).

The University of Cambridge attracts applications from a number of excellent candidates, which unfortunately means competition is high.

Due to the high number of applications received, we will not be able to provide feedback at the shortlisting stage.

Feedback after interview may be given at the panel's discretion.