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Genetics of long-distance migration – PhD (Funded)


   College of Life and Environmental Sciences

  ,  Monday, March 07, 2022  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Exeter United Kingdom Ecology Genetics Molecular Biology Zoology

About the Project

Location: 

Biosciences, Penryn Campus, Cornwall 

The University of Exeter’s College of Life and Environmental Sciences is inviting applications for a PhD studentship funded by the Royal Society and the College to commence in Sept 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.  For eligible students the studentship will cover Home tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £15,609 for 4 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study. 

Project Description: 

Insect migrants undertake extraordinary feats of long-distance movement but the genetic pathways underlying this remain mostly a mystery. Our recent work has generated the most representative picture yet of the genetic basis of active migratory flight in insects and this studentship focuses on the molecular evolution and functional roles of these genes. Candidates may additionally be required to undertake fieldwork in high altitude migration hotspots in the Pyrenees during the migration season. 

This award provides annual funding to cover Home tuition fees and a tax-free stipend.  For students who pay Home tuition fees the award will cover the tuition fees in full, plus at least £15,609 per year tax-free stipend. Students who pay international tuition fees are eligible to apply, but should note that the award will only provide payment for part of the international tuition fee and no stipend.   

International applicants need to be aware that you will have to cover the cost of your student visa, healthcare surcharge and other costs of moving to the UK to do a PhD.  

The conditions for eligibility of home fees status are complex and you will need to seek advice if you have moved to or from the UK (or Republic of Ireland) within the past 3 years or have applied for settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme. 

Entry requirements:  

Applicants for this studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology. 

Experience of molecular biology / genomics and/or behavioural / physiological / morphological characterisation will be looked upon favourably.  

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the required level (Profile B) as per our guidance at https://www.exeter.ac.uk/pg-research/apply/english/ 

How to Apply

In order to formally apply for the PhD Project you will need to go to the following web page.

https://www.exeter.ac.uk/study/funding/award/?id=4415

The closing date for applications is 7th March 2022.

If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email or phone: 0300 555 60 60 (UK callers) or +44 (0) 1392 723044 (EU/International callers). Project-specific queries should be directed to the main supervisor.


Funding Notes

This award provides annual funding to cover Home tuition fees and a tax-free stipend. For students who pay Home tuition fees the award will cover the tuition fees in full, plus at least £15,609 per year tax-free stipend. Students who pay international tuition fees are eligible to apply, but should note that the award will only provide payment for part of the international tuition fee and no stipend. International applicants need to be aware that you will have to cover the cost of your student visa, healthcare surcharge and other costs of moving to the UK to do a PhD. 

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