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Call for proposals

STARS is excited to announce that the latest call for research project proposals is now open with a deadline for receipt of proposals of 30th September 2016for October 2017 start. Information on how to get involved as a partner can be found here, STARS CDT call guidelines here and STARS CDT proposal form

Website update

New updated website nearly ready, please re-visit soon for the latest information about STARS!

STARS - Soils Training And Research Studentships

Our Mission is to create a novel and unique national training experience for the next generation of soil scientists.

Funded by NERC and BBSRC, the STARS Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) is an exciting consortium of 8 organizations, comprising 4 universities and 4 research institutes from around England, Scotland and Wales who are collaborating to offer training to PhD students in soil science.

Each year 11 students will be recruited to the STARS CDT and have the added benefit of cohort training in the STARS College, both face-to-face and online. They will have access to internationally renowned soil scientists and research facilities as well as benefiting from the support of fellow students from across the country.


STARS Director Professor Phil Haygarth
STARS Director of Training Professor Davey Jones
STARS Administrator Olivia Lawrenson