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Department of Zoology


Applications are now open for a fully funded studentship to study for an MPhil on seafood for societal health as part of the 750th anniversary of The Fishmongers’ Company.

This studentship is open to women only.

In order to mark the occasion, the company’s charitable trusts are awarding a number of special grants and bursaries in 2022. Two Mark Quested Legacy “Fishmongers’ 750” Scholarships will be awarded to “deserving, worthy and underrepresented postgraduates studying in fields of particular relevance to work of the Trusts”.

These particular scholarships are awarded in honour of Mark Quested, a company benefactor, who on his death in 1642 left explicit instructions on the provision of educational bursaries at either the University of Oxford or Cambridge. This year, one major scholarship will be awarded at each institution.

“We are particularly excited about the opportunity available through the Mark Quested legacy ‘Fishmongers’ 750’ scholarship on Seafood for societal health at Cambridge University, which has been developed in partnership with Dr Willer and Murray Edwards College. It is a great opportunity for a female scholar from a disadvantaged background to complete a Masters course which they otherwise may not be able to afford, and we hope, make good use of a historic legacy to deliver new knowledge relevant to the modern world,” said Dr Eleanor Adamson, from The Fishmongers' Company.

About the studentship

At a time of massive global population growth, coupled with the overconsumption of energy-rich nutrient-poor foods, driving physical and mental health problems from obesity to depression, this project aims to find new approaches to drive greater consumption of sustainable seafood for societal health.

The student will be encouraged to identify a research focus they are passionate about. Topics could range from methods to make sustainable nutritious seafood more attractive to people, to ways to make seafood more accessible to those in greatest need, to the role of seafood in young peoples’ mental health.


Please contact Dr David Willer:

Application details

Please note that the application is for a studentship only, and it does not include an offer of admission to the University. The successful applicant would be expected to formally apply for admission and subsequently meet any conditions of admission set forth. Please see our course's minimum admissions criteria before applying for this studentship to see if you would qualify for admission.

To be considered for the studentship, please email the following to Marcus Pitcaithly at by Friday 9th September. We are unable to consider incomplete or late applications.

1.) Please ensure that you meet our minimum admissions criteria before applying for this studentship. If your degree(s) was completed outside the UK, please also check the International Qualifications to ensure your final mark is equivalent to a High 2.i or a First.
2.) Please ensure you put the Vacancy reference number (PF32475) in the subject line of your email.
3.) Copies of your transcripts for your Bachelor's degree, Master's (if applicable), and/or any other completed degrees.
4.) Your CV
5.) The name, including title (eg Prof, Dr, Ms, etc.) and email addresses of two referees who would be able to comment on your suitability for the post. Please visit the Referees section of the Admissions website to see who can serve as a referee.

Please quote reference PF32475 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy. The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further details including eligibility

Please see the University's Studentship page