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.

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Sports scholarships and bursaries

The University of Essex is committed to supporting and developing high performance athletes. Find out whether you could be eligible for a sports scholarship or bursary, plus a range of additional benefits too when you join the University of Essex.

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Funded research degree studentships

Throughout the year we may advertise funded studentships for research degrees. These 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).

For further information, please contact the Graduate Administrator (

Habitat Connectivity and Coastal Natural Capital

Applications are invited for a fully funded (UK Home student fees only) 12 month Masters-by-Dissertation studentship that will study the role of habitat connectivity in assessment of natural capital in coastal ecosystems. The area of focus will be the Blackwater and Colne estuaries in Essex and their associated habitats (intertidal flats and salt marsh, seagrasses, oysters beds and subtidal sediments).

Applications accepted up to 22 March 2024: Given the tight time scale, please send a c.v. and cover letter explaining how you meet the requirements ASAP to Professor Graham Underwood (

Masters by Research (MSD)

Year of Entry: 2024-2025

Country: Candidates eligible for UK Home Student fees

Department: School of Life Sciences

Further information is available here.

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.

External scholarships

Occasionally we may advertise external scholarships and funding opportunities offered by charitable organisations.

The department is not affiliated with these organisation and does not offer any application support. All queries about them should be directed to the organisations themselves.

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