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Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Doctoral Training Partnership (BBSRC DTP)

The University of Cambridge and Partner Institutes have a Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Grant from BBSRC, providing 4-year fully funded studentships under the four broad themes of Basic Bioscience Underpinning Health; Bioenergy and Industrial Biotechnology; Food Security; and World Class Underpinning Bioscience.

UK and EEA students who meet the UK residency requirements will be eligible for a full BBSRC studentship. Students from EEA countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award.  EEA students eligible for a fees only award can apply for University wide funding schemes. Further information about eligibility and how to apply can be found here.

NB If you wish to be considered for a BBSRC-funded studentship you will need to apply to the BBSRC DTP course code. If you apply for the BBSRC-DTP and would also like to be considered by the Department for either a NERC or Departmental Studentship, you must inform the , by the relevant deadline, who will obtain a copy of your application documents from the BBSRC DTP administrator. You will also need to send a 1-2 page research proposal.

Overseas students are not eligible to receive studentships from Research Councils, but can apply for University-wide funding schemes such as the Gates Cambridge Trust and the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust. Overseas students can also apply for funding to support their studies from their home countries or international schemes.

BBSRC supervisors in Zoology:

Prof Michael Akam

Prof Bill Amos

Dr Rob Asher

Dr Howard Baylis

Prof Paul Brakefield

Dr Walter Federle

Dr William Foster

Dr Andrew Gillis

Dr Berthold Hedwig

Prof Chris Jiggins

Dr Rufus Johnstone

Dr Matthias Landgraf

Dr Andrea Manica

Dr Nick Mundy

Dr Isabel Palacios

Prof Derek Smith

Dr Claire Spottiswoode

Dr Tim Weil

Rotation projects in Zoology:

Elucidating the mechanism of the first round of mRNA translation (Dr Tim Weil)

Establishing the mechanism of the calcium wave at egg activation (Dr Tim Weil)

Testing the function of calcium in programmed cell death (Dr Tim Weil)