The Claire Barnes 150th Anniversary Studentship in the Biology and Ecology of Asia - 2018/19

University of Cambridge - Department of Zoology

A Claire Barnes 150th Anniversary Studentship in the Biology and Ecology of Asia, covering the University Composition Fee at the Home/EU rate, a stipend at the RCUK rate for 4 years, and £5k pa towards research costs for 3 years, is offered at the Department of Zoology to start in October 2018. Candidates must carry out research that is relevant to the biology and ecology of Asia.

Please see the below list of available projects. Applicants are also invited to suggest their own projects 

  • Insect-plant interactions in Nepenthes pitcher plants and Macaranga ant-plant mutualisms. (Supervisor: Dr Walter Federle)
  • Invasive species in China's freshwaters. (Supervisors: Dr David Aldridge and Aibin Zhan, Chinese Academy of Sciences)
  • The effects of logging and forest disturbance on tropical river ecosystems. (Supervisors: Dr Edgar Turner, Dr Sarah Luke)
  • The yield gap in oil palm production and its implications for global biodiversity conservation.  (Supervisors: Dr Edgar Turner, Prof. Andrew Balmford)


Applicants to the Department of Zoology graduate programme must have:

  1. At least a 2.1 in an Honours degree or equivalent (e.g CGPA 3.5/4.0) in a relevant subject 2. Two excellent academic references 3. Fluency in the English language - recent IELTS test with an overall band score of at least 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in speaking, listening and writing, and 6.5 in reading.

For more details of the University's entrance requirements see the Graduate Admissions website -

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 -


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."

Application procedure:

To be considered for these studentships, candidates must have applied to the University of Cambridge (following the normal application process - by 4th January 2018.

Please note that to be considered, you must also have uploaded all of your supporting documentation by this date.

Interviews are likely to be held in February-March 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Zoology - Graduate Administration team (

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 48 months

Please quote reference PF13838 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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