2023 Fully-Funded International Life Sciences John Maynard Smith PhD Awards in UK

Application calls for the Life Sciences John Maynard Smith PhD Awards in UK for both local and international applicants at the University of Sussex.

The scholarship award is open to applicants who wish to commence a PhD Degree coursework at the university for the 2023/24 academic session at the University of Sussex in UK.

About the University of Sussex.

The University of Sussex is an institute that provides students with a chance to change the world. It is internationally recognized for drawing together leading academics from different disciplines and has an approach that ensures the most powerful and meaningful results.

The University of Sussex, currently ranked 246th in QS Global World Rankings 2021, is a public research university striving to conduct high-quality research that addresses real-world issues, pressing global policy agendas and business practices, developing current and aspiring leaders who will champion critical and original thinking.

Also, the Maynard Smith PhD studentship (42 months) is available from March 2023 under the supervision of Dr Wiebke Schuett (main supervisor) and Prof Jeremy Niven (co-supervisor) at the Department of Evolution, Behaviour and Environment, School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex.

  • Department: School of Life Sciences, Department of Evolution, Behavior, and Environment

Selection Process for John Maynard Smith PhD Awards:

  • An MSc degree will be advantageous. We expect a highly motivated, talented, well-organized, and meticulous candidate with strong quantitative skills.
  • The candidate will have a background and demonstrable interest in one or more behavioral ecology, insect physiology, evolution, or ecology. Previous experience in collecting data in the field, working with insects, behavioral observations, physiological analyses, and statistical modeling.

Available Subjects:

PhD studentship in Life Sciences Biology offered by the University of Sussex.

Application Procedures:

Students are required to make an admission application to the PhD Biology degree programme at the University of Sussex, including a cover letter (headed with project title), a short potential project outline (ca. 300-500 words), CV (max two pages), BSc/MSc degree transcripts and certificates, IELTS certificate (if non-UK) and two academic references.

Application Perks

The PhD position is fully funded by a Maynard Smith PhD studentship from the School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex. Funding includes full home tuition fees and a stipend at UKRI rates for 3.5 years. Applicants with overseas fee status will need to fund the difference between Home and International tuition fees (see https://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/fees-funding/tuition-fees).

Required Documents:

Applicants must submit the academic transcripts of all previous schools attended and a copy of their passport and including a cover letter (headed with project title),

  • a short potential project outline (ca. 300-500 words),
  • CV (max two pages),
  • BSc/MSc degree transcripts and certificates,
  • IELTS certificate (if non-UK) and two academic references.

Entry Requirements:

  • The applicants are required to have a minimum (2.1) in biology or an allied science such as ecology.
  • Candidates for whom English is not their first language will require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with not less than 6.0 in any section.

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