The Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI) offers up to two competitively awarded MPhil/PhD studentships annually. FSBI Studentship awards are based on PhDs funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (www.nerc.ac.uk) and cover the costs of the stipend (NERC rates plus £1000, London weighting of £2000) and of the annual registration fees (at EU citizen rates), with a small annual contribution (£1,250) 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: http://www.fsbi.org.uk. 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 Studentships are fixed at rates applicable to UK/EU citizens, and any registration fees above the base rate (currently about £3,750 per annum) must be justified in the application. The Society will be responsible for the payment of institutional fees, including the costs of tuition and registration for a higher degree. The Society will pay annual university fees up to the level required for EU nationals. Applications cannot be considered from non-EU students who would be subject to foreign student fees.
The closing date for applications is 13th December 2013. Selected applicants will be interviewed at the end of February 2014.
Please see also: http://www.fsbi.org.uk/grants/phd-studentships/