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The Claire Barnes PhD Studentship in the Biology and Ecology of Asia 2019

A Claire Barnes PhD Studentship in the Biology and Ecology of Asia, covering the University Composition Fee at the Home/EU rate, a stipend at the RCUK rate for 4 years, and £5k pa towards research costs for 3 years, is offered at the Department of Zoology to start in October 2019. Candidates must carry out research that is relevant to the biology and ecology of Asia.

For a list of available projects, please refer to the relevant page of our website, link here ( or via . Applicants are also invited to suggest their own projects. Please visit our research pages ( for more information on our supervisors and their research areas.


Applicants to the Department of Zoology graduate programme must have:

  1. at least a 2.1 in an Honours degree or equivalent (e.g., CGPA 3.5/4.0) in a relevant subject;

  2. two excellent academic references;

  3. fluency in the English language: recent IELTS test with an overall band score of at least 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in speaking, listening and writing, and 6.5 in reading.

For more details of the University's entrance requirements see the Graduate Admissions website (

Candidates of any nationality/residency may apply, but a successful Overseas applicant would need to secure additional funds from other sources to cover the higher fee level. The most current estimates of costs can be found on the Graduate Admissions fees page (


Claire Barnes (Clare College, 1976) writes:

"I have been fortunate to spend my working life in Asia during an era of rapid economic growth. As a traveller and keen diver, I have visited some of the world's most magical places, and have also witnessed unprecedented ecological change and destruction. Losses of habitat, biodiversity, and traditional local knowledge are all of concern; and regional education systems often equip their graduates with little understanding of the natural world. Meanwhile, the amateur naturalist marvels at the number of species yet to be documented and of topics yet to be studied. I would like to encourage zoological studies in Asia, and to strengthen scholarly and personal ties between the UK and Asia."

Application procedure:

To be considered for these studentships, candidates must have applied to the University of Cambridge following the normal application process ( by 31 January 2019.

Please note that to be considered, you must also have uploaded all of your supporting documentation by this date. This deadline falls after the main University funding deadline of 3 January 2019; any eligible applications made to the Zoology Department between 12 noon on 3 January and 31 January will therefore only be considered for these studentships.

Interviews are likely to be held in February-March 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Zoology Graduate Administration team (

Please quote reference PF17664 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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