How to Apply


Stage 1: Candidates are required to approach a potential supervisor or supervisors to discuss their project prior to putting in an official application. For a full list of Extinction Studies supervisors, see Staff Profile page.


Stage 2: Candidates submit an application for a place of study as a PhD student through the University’s online research degree application page.

  • Under “Proposed Course of Study”, applicants should select the home Faculty/School of their proposed lead supervisor (for example if your lead supervisor is in the School of Earth and Environment, select “PhD Earth and Environment Full-time”) and a start date of 27th September 2021.
  • When asked “If you have not yet secured sponsorship, who have you approached?” please indicate that you are applying to the Leverhulme-funded Extinction Studies programme.

All documentation in connection with the application should be marked clearly with the candidate’s name and should specify that he/she is applying for a Leverhulme award.

The application should consist of:

  1. A two-page CV.
  2. A personal statement (no more than 1 page), in which candidates explain why they are interested in their chosen project; what motivates them to pursue PhD study; what educational/work/research experience they have and how their skill set matches the requirements for their choice of project; and the wider importance of their project.
  3. A short research proposal. This should be no more than 10,000 characters (around 2 pages), and should cover the rationale for the study; relevant concepts and literature, and how the project fits into this; details of the materials and/or case studies to be used; methods to be used; and a list of references. Note that the proposal should be written for an audience from outside of that student’s intended disciplinary area.
  4. Two academic references.

All documents should be in English or be accompanied by a certified translation into English. They can be sent via the online research degree application. Applications should be submitted by Friday February 26, 2021.


Stage 3: Candidates will be interviewed by their prospective supervisors. The likely timeline for this is in the first two weeks of March, and candidates should do their best to make themselves available during this time. On the basis of the interview, as well as the strength of the student’s application, candidates will be put forward to the selection panel.


Stage 4: A  panel made up of the Extinction Studies team members and one independent assessor will review applications and create an award and reserve list.


Stage 5: Notification regarding awards, reserves and rejections will be by issued on 1st April 2021 if you have been successful you have a two-week deadline for acceptance.