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Environment East NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (EnvEast DTP)

EnvEast a Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), a collaboration between the Universities of East Anglia, Kent and Essex and 9 other core partners, has been awarded £5 million from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to fund over 60 PhD studentships over the next 5 years to train the next generation of environmental, earth and ecological scientists. As one of 15 new DTPs in the UK, EnvEast enrolled its first students in October 2014.

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Application Deadline is 23:59 on Sunday 8 January 2017

Title Project Supervisor

Cuckoo bees as sentinels for pollinator decline (DICKS_UBIO17EE)

Dr Lynn Dicks

Experimental evolution of reproductive isolation (CHAPMAN_UBIO17EE)

Professor Tracey Chapman

Genomic signatures of adaptation in an island bird (SPURGIN_UBIO17EE) – CASE studentship with IPNA-CSIC

Dr Lewis Spurgin

How does sexual selection shape sperm-female interactions? (GAGE_UBIO17EE) - CASE studentship with ETH Zürich

Professor Matthew Gage

How important are marine bacteria in DMSP cycling? (TODD_UBIO17EE) – CASE studentship with Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Dr Jonathon Todd

PhD opportunities in Biological Sciences for self-funding and international students

Dr Gabriella Keleman (PGR Director)

The role of transposable elements and whole genome duplication in generating phenotypic diversity in neotropical catfishes (TAYLOR_UBIO17EE)

Dr Martin Taylor

Understanding the symbiosis between antibiotic-producing Streptomyces bacteria and plant roots (HUTCHINGS_UBIO17EE)

Dr Matthew Hutchings

Fees & Funding

Funding Status: Competition Funded Project (EU Students Only). For further information visit  
Funding Conditions: This project has been shortlisted for funding by the EnvEast NERC Doctoral Training Partnership, comprising the Universities of East Anglia, Essex and Kent, with twenty other research partners.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in February 2017.

Successful candidates who meet RCUK’s eligibility criteria will be awarded a NERC studentship. In most cases, UK and EU nationals who have been resident in the UK for 3 years are eligible for a full award. In 2015/16, the stipend was £14,057.

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