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Department of Zoology


PhD Studentships in Marine Biology

Two PhD Studentships in Marine Biology, covering the University Composition Fee at the Home/EU rate, a stipend at the UKRI rate for 4 years, and £5k pa towards research costs for 3 years, are offered at the Department of Zoology (University of Cambridge) to start in October 2020.

Candidates must carry out research that is relevant to marine biology. Projects on offer can be found on the list of available projects. Applicants are also invited to suggest their own projects; please visit our research pages for more information on our supervisors and their research areas.

At least one of these studentships will be under the supervision of Dr James Herbert-Read (formerly listed as the Claire Barnes studentship in Marine Biology).

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.

Background on the studentships' benefactor, Claire Barnes:

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 these studentships please contact the Zoology graduate office at