The FSBI has established an annual competition to fund summer undergraduate internships for student members of the FSBI.

The aim of the programme is to enable undergraduates to conduct supervised research in the UK or the Republic of Ireland lasting up to 8 weeks during the summer vacation whilst registered as a student, or during the summer immediately after completing their final year of studies.

The FSBI will provide a grant of £200 (c. €236) per week up to a maximum of £1600 (i.e. 8 weeks) towards subsistence and travel expenses. We have an annual budget of £19,000 and we expect that 8-10 awards will be made each year.

When to Apply

Applications will close at 17.00h GMT on 31 March each year. Late applications will not be considered. If you do not receive an acknowledgment of receipt within 48 hours please contact Applications will be reviewed by the Studentships sub-committee in March/April and successful applicants informed by early May. If you have not received a response about your application by 31 May, please enquire with the studentships committee chair directly (

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

More Information

  1. Applicants should be studying for an honours degree in a subject relevant to fish biology, normally biological sciences, but other degree programmes will be considered if the proposed project is within the field of fish biology or fish management.
  2. Awards will not be made to support work that forms part of a degree programme or for participation in an expedition.
  3. The project submitted by the applicant should be approved by the proposed supervisor, and by the Head of Department within the proposed host institution.
  4. Projects do not have to be conducted within the department or institution where the applicant is registered for a degree.
  5. Research projects may be in any field relevant to fish biology and to the objectives of the FSBI. These would normally be projects in which fish are the primary species but could include those that examine the influence of non-fish taxa on an aspect of fish biology.
  6. The FSBI reserves the right to decide on the suitability of proposed research topics for the awards. It is a condition of funding that a report is completed by successful interns by 31 October of the year of award and that a student membership is taken out.
  7. The final report should be sent to


Past Internships

Internships awarded in 2018

Aaron Lamphiere University of Essex (supervisor: Doctor Tom Cameron) Seabass use of heterogeneous estuarine environments
Claire Marr University of St. Andrews (supervisor: Doctor Mike Webster) Novel feding behaviour in gouramis (Trichogaster lalius).
Jelena Nefjodova Cardiff University (supervisor: Doctor Rachel Paterson) Investigating the relationship between altitude and parasite burdens in Arctic charr
Jessica Charles Exeter University (supervisor: Doctor Ceri Lewis) Assessing the microplastic contamination of three commercially important fish species.
Kathryn Billane Hull University (supervisor: Doctor Domino Joyce) Fish adaptation to depth: alternative splicing in the twilight zone?
Luke Romaine Exeter University (supervisor: Professor Charles Tyler) Characterisation of the microbiomes of Nile tilapia and Basa from inland pond culture in Bangladesh
Steven Storey Hull International Fisheries Institute (supervisor: Doctor Jon Harvey) The impact of flow regulation on brown trout populations in the River Burn catchment
Tie Caribe Glasgow University (supervisor: Doctor Kathryn Elmer) Optimization & employing cell culture and gene expression in Scottish salmonids.
Wesley Cherry Greenwich University (supervisor: Doctor Joanna Miest) Molecular response to temperature acclimation in zebrafish
Jacob Williams Sparsholt Centre (supervisor: Doctor Josephine Pegg) Is insectmeal a viable subsitute for fishmeal in trout diets?

Internships awarded in 2017

Anna Egerton Bangor (supervisor: Professor Gary Carvalho) Next-generation sequencing to compare wild and farmed Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) gut microbiomes
Charlotte McMurray Manchester (supervisor: Doctor Holly Shiels) Shark individual identification using non-invasive biometric analysis
David Street-Jones University of East Anglia (supervisor: Doctor Martin Taylor) A survey of Parasite Diversity within sympatic corydoras populations of the amazon basin
Emily Groves Aberystwyth (supervisor: Professor Paul Shaw) Developing ‘Super SNPs’ as tools for sustainable management of African fisheries
Georgia Hayllar University of Exeter (supervisor: Professor Rod Wilson) How fish regulate red blood cell pH and haemoglobin-O2 binding during the postprandial alkaline tide
Jade Kirk Herriot Watt (supervisor: Doctor Alastair Lyndon) Detection and prevalence of cetacean lungworms in marine fish: application of molecular methods
Jason McNeill University of the West of Scotland (supervisor: Doctor Carrie Mullen) The welfare of ornamental fish during transport.
Jeffrey Peter Koene Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment (supervisor: Professor Colin Adams) Consequences of phenotypic plasticity on gamete provisioning in four freshwater fish species.
Josh Norman Hull (supervisor: Professor Ian Cowx) Using reservoir compensation releases to recover brown trout populations in a heavily modified river
Mette Juhl Tollervey Aberdeen (supervisor: Doctor Catherine Marshall) Spacial Structure of demersal fish in the North Sea

Internships awarded in 2016

Angelika Agud University of Nottingham (supervisors: Sharon Egan, Tracey Coffey, Andrew MacColl) Development of a stickleback model for ectoparasite skin infection studies.
Emily Burns Heriot Watt University (supervisor: Alastair Lyndon) Survey of the disease status of saithe (Pollachius virens L.) in Scotland: East versus West coasts.
Amanda Chapman Cardiff University (supervisors: Jo Cable, Rhidian Thomas) The effect of flow on interspecific interactions between native and non-native UK fish species.
William Davison University of Exeter (supervisors: Rod Wilson, Rob Ellis) The effect of CO2-induced acidification on the cost of digestion in fish.
Aaron Hickey Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (supervisor: Deirdre Brophy) Otolith shape analysis of Atlantic Bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) to support sustainable management.
Paige Robinson
University of Glasgow (supervisor: Kathryn Elmer) Population genetics and phylogeography of Scottish Loch Brown Trout using mitochondrial DNA analysis.
Suzie Saunders
University of Aberdeen (supervisor: Daniel Macqueen) How did salmon evolve seawater tolerance? A comparative genomics approach.
Kiran Solanki
University of Aberdeen (supervisor: Paul Fernandez) Zonal allocation in mackerel.
Lisa Thiele University of Stirling (supervisors: Sonia Rey Planellas, Simon McKenzie) Temperature, personality and TRP channels in zebrafish (Danio rerio).
Jude Ward
Hull University (supervisors: Natalie Angelopoulos, Ian Cowx, Andy Nunn) Baseline assessment of flow alteration below Yorkshire reservoirs on fisheries.
Julie Wright Bangor University (supervisor: Gareth Williams) Does sensorial sexual dimorphism affect prey preference and capture in Scyliorhinus canicula?