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Department of Zoology


Claire Barnes Studentship in Marine Biology (under the supervision of Dr James Herbert-Read)

A Claire Barnes PhD Studentship in Marine Biology, 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 (University of Cambridge) to start in October 2020 under the supervision of Dr James Herbert-Read. Candidates are welcome to suggest their own projects provided they are relevant to marine biology and are discussed with Dr Herbert-Read. Projects on offer will shortly be posted on the list of available projects

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.

Application procedure:

To be considered for the Departmental PhD studentships, candidates must apply to the University of Cambridge following the normal application process by noon on 7 January 2020

Interviews are likely to be held in February-March 2020.


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.”

If you have any questions regarding this studentship please contact the Zoology graduate office at