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.

Scholarships

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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We are global

Essex is a university with an international outlook. Depending on where you're coming to us from, we may have scholarships or bursaries to support your studies with us, as well as information about open days we're holding in your country.

See our country-specific pages

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 (ecrix@essex.ac.uk).

ARIES studentships

Studying relationships at biological interfaces through directed assembly of marine biofilm communities

Supervised by:

  • Dr Nick Aldred (University of Essex, School of Life Sciences)
  • Prof Terry McGenity (University of Essex, School of Life Sciences)
  • Dr Phillippe Laissue (University of Essex, School of Life Sciences)
  • Dr Mette Burmølle (University of Copenhagen, Department of Biology)

Closing date: 11th January 2023.


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Migration, movement and the effects of hunting on birds in a changing world

Supervised by:

  • Dr Tom C Cameron (University of Essex, School of Life Sciences)
  • Dr James Gilroy (School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia)
  • Dr Matt Ellis (CASE) (British Association for Shooting and Conservation)
  • Dr Chas Holt (Kent Wildlife Trust and Independent Ornithologist and Abberton Reservoir)

Closing date: 11th January 2023.


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Cryptic microbial hydrocarbon cycling in the ocean

Supervised by:

  • Prof Terry J McGenity (University of Essex, School of Life Sciences)
  • Dr Boyd A McKew (University of Essex, School of Life Sciences)
  • Dr David Lea Smith (UEA, School of Biological Sciences)
  • Dr Nikolai Pedentchouk (UEA, School of Environmental Sciences)

Closing date: 11th January 2023


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Understanding coral connectivity and its drivers across the Indian Ocean

Supervised by:

  • Dr Michelle Taylor (University of Essex, School of Life Sciences)
  • Dr Catherine Head (Institute of Zoology, London, and University of Oxford)
  • Prof Leanne Hepburn (University of Essex, School of Life Sciences)
  • Prof Stephen Monismith (Stanford)

Closing date: 11th January 2023


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Aiming for Nature Recovery: Data Science to Inform Biodiversity Conservation and Restoration

Supervised by:

  • Dr Martin Wilkes (University of Essex, School of Life Sciences)
  • Dr Kyle Jerro (University of Essex, Department of Language and Linguistics)
  • Dr Joe Cooper (British Trust for Ornithology)
  • Dr Cecilia Larrosa (Biodiversify)

Closing date: 11th January 2023


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Departmental studentships

Ecological impacts of Nature-Based-Solutions for flood-risk management from catchment to coast

This fully funded PhD studentship will evaluate the impact of natural flood risk management (NFM), and related nature-based solutions, on catchment ecosystem functions including co-benefits for ecosystem services (biodiversity, carbon sequestration, flood defence).

We are looking for candidates with at least a 1st class or upper second class BSc degree in a relevant science subject (or expected to achieve this, for applicants who are in their final undergraduate year), who carry out active fieldwork in remote locations.

Title: Ecological impacts of Nature-Based-Solutions for flood-risk management from catchment to coast

Based in: School of Life Sciences

Deadline: 27th January 2023


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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.

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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