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The Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI) call for PhD Studentship applications 2020

The Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI) call for PhD Studentship applications 2020

The Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI) offers up to two competitively awarded and generously funded MPhil/PhD studentships annually. The FSBI Studentship awards a full 4 year funding package: a competitive stipend at NERC rates plus approx. £1,000 (currently £16,000, London weighting of +£1000), the annual university registration fees (at EU citizen rates), plus an annual contribution of £3,500 towards project expenses.

Research projects are proposed by the candidate and may be in any field of study relevant to fish biology and the aims of the Fisheries Society, as stated at: This includes projects in which fish are the study species as well as those that examine the influence of non-fish taxa on fish biology, e.g. the effects of infectious agents on fish health, of fish-eating birds on fish populations, of invasive crayfish on fish behaviour. However, the focus of the research must be fish biology, and the FSBI reserves the right to decide on the suitability of proposed research topics for its awards.


Applicants should hold a Bachelor’s degree, with first or upper second class Honours, in a subject relevant to fish biology, normally in the biological sciences. An alternative combination of qualifications and experience that clearly demonstrates equivalent knowledge and ability may be considered at the discretion of the FSBI Studentship Committee. Applicants will be expected to be members of the FSBI and the successful appointees will be expected to remain as FSBI student members for the duration of their funding.

Applicants should develop the proposal in consultation with the proposed supervisor(s), one of which must hold an academic position at any institution of higher education in the British Isles (including the Republic of Ireland). However, the application form and project proposal MUST be written and completed by the APPLICANT, not by the proposed supervisor(s).

Applicants may hold any nationality, but FSBI will only pay annual university fees up to the level required for EU nationals (currently about £3,750 per annum). Therefore any Applicant whose enrolment in a PhD would incur additional charges, (e.g. international fees) must demonstrate within the application that such charges are assured to be covered. Full terms and conditions are available on the website.


The closing date for applications is Friday 17th January 2020. Selected applicants will be interviewed at the end of February or beginning of March.

For further details and a downloadable application form, please refer to the FSBI studentship webpage. Please note that applications are limited to one per applicant.

Informal queries about the application submission process may be addressed to [email protected] and subject-related queries directed to the Committee Chair, Dr Kathryn Elmer ([email protected]).

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