PhD Studentships

The FSBI holds an annual competition open to members wishing to apply for postgraduate study leading to a PhD degree. To be eligible, applicants must be paid up members of the FSBI at the time of making a grant application. The current stipend is approximately £1,000 more than UK Research Council (UKRI) standard rate, with a differential stipend (London weighting) for students registered at London-based universities, 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).


Research projects may be in any field of study relevant to fish biology and to the aims of the FSBI, as listed on the inside cover page of the Journal of Fish Biology. Projects concerned solely with shellfish (Mollusca or Crustacea) are not eligible for support.


Please click below for full Terms and Conditions of the FSBI's PhD studentship scheme.

Criteria for applying

Applicants are required to outline the work plan, and to have the agreement of a supervisor based in a University or Research Institute located in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland. The Society requires endorsement from the host institution that it can provide a place and adequate research facilities for the student, and that satisfactory supervisory arrangements will be provided. Similar statements must be provided by any collaborating institutions.


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 (e.g. match funding and/or fee waiver from the University).


Students will be subject to the normal conditions of appointment of the host institution.

How to apply

Applications close at 17.00h GMT on Friday 14 January 2022. Late applications will not be considered. If you do not receive acknowledgment of receipt within 48 hours please contact

 Short-listed applicants will be invited to attend for interview, usually to be held in late February/early March.

Subject-related inquiries should be addressed to the FSBI admin

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Recent Studentship Awards

Jack Cooper (2020-2023),Supervisor(s): Dr Catalina Pimiento (Swansea University)

Mar Pineda (2021-2024), Supervisor(s):Professor Shaun Killen (University of Glasgow), Dr Kathryn Elmer (University of Glasgow)

Ben Williams (2021-2024), Supervisor(s): Professor Kate Jones (University College London), Dr David Curnick (Zoological Society of London), Professor Steve Simpson (University of Exeter)

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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