PhD Studentships

The FSBI holds an annual competition open to any member wishing to apply for postgraduate study leading to a PhD degree. The studentships are based on NERC stipend rates plus a £1,000 supplement, and include an annual £3,500 contribution to consumable costs. The award is fully funded for four years.The Society will be responsible for the payment of institutional fees, including the costs of tuition, registration for a higher degree, and viva voce examinations.

The Society will pay annual university fees up to the level required for UK residents (at UK universities) and Republic of Ireland students (at Irish universities). Students that do not meet these residence criteria must evidence arrangements to pay the balance of any university fees (e.g. match funding and/or fee waiver from the University).

Please see here for full Terms and Conditions of the FSBI's PhD studentship scheme.

Criteria for applying

Applicants are asked to outline the work they plan to do over the four-year period of doctoral study, and they are expected to have the agreement of a supervisor based in a University or Research Institute located in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland. Candidates may be a citizen of any country, but the fees paid to the university are never more than the amount charged to UK residents (at UK universities) and Republic of Ireland students (at Irish universities). This means that candidates charged international student tuition fees by the proposed host university must demonstrate how the difference would be paid for the duration of the studentship (eg. fee waiver or co - funding).

How to apply

Applications close at 17.00h GMT on Friday 15 January 2021. Late applications will not be considered. If you do not receive acknowledgment of receipt within 48 hours please contact The Studentships sub-committee will review and compile a shortlist in February for interviews in late February/early March. The results normally will be announced within a week of interview.

Subject-related enquiries should be addressed to the chair of the Studentships sub-committee.

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Recent Studentship Awards

Ada Eslava (2020-2023)

Supervisor(s): Anne Magurran (University of St Andrews),Amy Deacon (University of the West Indies, St. Augustine) and Indar Ramnarine (University of the West Indies, St. Augustine))

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