Biosciences: Swansea University Research Excellence Scholarship

Closing date: 22 January 2018

Key Information

Start date: 1 October 2018

Swansea University is proud to offer 15 fully-funded PhD scholarships for students commencing study in October 2018 or January 2019.

The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of student excellence across a portfolio of 34 potential projects.

Swansea University is a UK top 30 institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014) and has been named Welsh University of the Year 2017 by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. The Department of Biosciences at Swansea University was ranked 7th in the UK and top in Wales, making Biosciences a great place to get involved in world-leading research. The Department has in the region of 50 PhD students at any given time, and embraces students as part of our supportive community of researchers and teachers. There are diverse and comprehensive training opportunities in specific biosciences skills, as well as transferable skills and a commitment to outreach and engagement with communities and stakeholders.

The Department of Biosciences at Swansea University invites applications for an interdisciplinary PhD studentship aligned with our core vision of delivering ‘Ecology Research with Impact’. The project aims to create novel approaches to contemporary challenges in theoretical and applied ecological and evolutionary biosciences. The student can choose from a range of case studies, drawing on the department’s key focal areas, for example in animal behaviour and movement, aquaculture, biocontrol and natural products, and ecological modelling.

The student will have access to excellent laboratory, fieldwork, and computational facilities within the department, as well as through established links with Swansea’s Centre for Biomathematics, Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Food Production, and many more. Early engagement with the supervisors in the application process is strongly encouraged.

Supervisors / Academic Contacts: Dr James Bull and Dr William Allen

The successful applicant will also have access to our Postgraduate Research Student Training programmes.

Eligibility

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain) a first class honours degree (or equivalent) and/or a distinction at master's level in ecological biosciences or a closely related discipline.

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is available to UK/EU students only.

Funding

The scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus an annual stipend of £14,553 (in line with the RCUK stipend amount) for 3 years. 

There will also be £1,000 per annum available for research expenses such as travel, accommodation, field trips and conference attendance.

How to Apply

To apply please complete and return the following documents to Dr Vivienne Jenkins (pgrsures@swansea.ac.uk) using the quote reference COS2:

Student applications will be evaluated against the following criteria:

  • Literary and Academic attainments (60%)
  • Demonstrable esteem indicators i.e. ambassadorial skills, instincts and opportunities to demonstrate leadership, experience and interest in extracurricular and community activities (40%)

The deadline for applications is Monday 22 January 2018.

Informal enquiries before the deadline are welcome and should be directed to Dr James Bull by email (j.c.bull@swansea.ac.uk) or telephone: +44 (0)1792 602972.