School of Life Sciences

Scholarships and funding

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Supporting your studies

We offer funding opportunities to support both undergraduate and postgraduate students, including a broad range of University of Essex scholarships, and postgraduate research studentships within the School and from ARIES DTP.


Our range of scholarships and bursaries to support talented students ensure we remain accessible to all with the potential to succeed, regardless of financial circumstances.

Search our Scholarship Finder to see the funding you can apply for.

PhD studentships

PhD studentships are offered by the Faculty of Science and Health, the School of Life Sciences, ARIES (NERC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership) and the EU (Horizon 2020). Details of any available opportunities are listed below. For further information, please contact the Graduate Administrator, Emma Revill (

Current PhD studentships

Environmental drivers of food web structure and energy flux in marine ecosystems

Global environmental change is predicted to alter the structure and stability of marine ecosystems with major implications for the sustainability of commercial fisheries.

By quantifying changes in food web structure and energy flux to fish predators along large-scale environmental gradients, this PhD will aim to determine the major drivers of trophic complexity and biomass distributions in marine ecosystems.

Lead department: School of Life Sciences

Closing date: 28th May 2021

Find out more about this studentship

MSD Studentships

A Master of Science by Disseration (MSD) is a one-year research degree. The School of Life Sciences offers several MSD courses in a range of specialist subjects.

We do not currently have any MSD studentship opportunities available. We have a list of unfunded projects or alternatively you are welcome to contact potential supervisors to ask if they have any particular projects that will be looking to recruit to in the future.

Why should you do your research at Essex?

At the University of Essex, you can perform exciting research with excellent supervision that strikes the balance between guidance and encouraging independence.

You belong to intellectually stimulating research groups, and, importantly, will find a friendly, supportive environment within departments and across the university.

Through our unique professional development scheme Proficio, Essex provides outstanding financial support for training, field work, and conference participation.

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