The Claire Barnes 150th Anniversary Studentship in Marine Biology - 2018/19

University of Cambridge - Department of Zoology

A Claire Barnes 150th Anniversary Studentship in Marine Biology, 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 (University of Cambridge) to start in October 2018. Candidates must carry out research that is relevant to marine biology.

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

  • Brain evolution in vertebrates. (Supervisor: Stephen Montgomery)
  • Development, growth and repair of cartilage in a cartilaginous fish, the little skate (Leucoraja erinacea) (Supervisor: Dr Andrew Gillis)
  • Defining the blueprint of the ancestral vertebrate brain. (Supervisor: Dr Elia Benito-Gutierrez )
  • Single cell transcriptomics in the marine invertebrate amphioxus: redefining the genoarchitecture of the vertebrate bauplan.  (Supervisor: Dr Elia Benito-Gutierrez )


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 -

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 PF13840 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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