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The School of Anthropology and Conservation has a proven track record of being awarded scholarships from the major Research Councils. Competition for scholarships is fierce so we advise you apply early.

Candidates interested in studying within the School of Anthropology and Conservation will be considered for the following scholarships. The links below provide full details around the criteria and application process.

Human Geography Scholarship - School of Anthropology and Conservation

  • Deadline 22nd May 2019
  • 'Future Leadership' scholarships of £2000 per annum (subject to good academic progress)
  • Open to undergraduate applicants from Home/EU and Overseas fee paying students starting on the BSc Human Geography September 2019
  • Applicants are required to submit a 500 word essay on the title 'How can Human Geographers make a difference to the world?'
  • For full eligibility criteria and details on how to apply please click here

International Undergraduate Scholarship - School of Anthropology and Conservation (CLOSED)

  • Deadline 23rd May 2018
  • £2000 per annum fee contribution (subject to good academic progress)
  • Open to undergraduate applicants from any nationality assessed at the Overseas fee rate
  • Applicants are required to submit a 750 word essay on a topic relevant to their chosen degree
  • For full eligibility criteria and details on how to apply please click here

Vice Chancellor's Research Scholarship - International Wildlife Trade (CLOSED)

  • Deadline 28th February 2018
  • £14,777 (2018/19 rate) plus Home/EU fees
  • Research area: Identification of internet-based illegal wildlife trade through machine learning
  • For full eligibility criteria and details on how to apply please click here

DICE MSc Scholarship (CLOSED)

  • Deadline Sunday 25th February 2018
  • The Scholarship will cover full tuition fees, a monthly stipend and assistance in travel expenses to and from the UK. The scholarship is for one of the six Taught Master’s courses offered at DICE starting in September 2018.
  • In order to be eligible applicants must be nationals of, or have official refugee status in, a country that is officially recognised as Lower to Upper-Middle Income
  • For full eligibility criteria and details on how to apply please click here

ESRC South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) scholarships (CLOSED)

  • Deadline 21st January 2018
  • £14,777 (2018/19 rate) plus tuition fees at the Home/EU rate and access to further research funding
  • Science, Technology and Sustainability Studies pathway
  • Social Anthropology pathway
  • Providing innovative and challenging world-class doctoral training in a dynamic, inter-disciplinary research environment.
  • Candidates must upload a 2 page research proposal with their University application to be considered for this scholarship

Vice Chancellor's Research Scholarship (CLOSED)

  • Deadline 21st January 2018
  • £14,777 (2018/19 rate) plus Home fees administered under the Graduate Teaching Assistant Scheme
  • Awarded for academic excellence and outstanding research potential
  • Prior to applying: Identify and contact a potential supervisor by reviewing our academic staff profiles.
  • Candidates must upload a 2 page research proposal with their University application to be considered for this scholarship

NERC Environment East Doctoral Training Partnership (EnvEast DTP) Scholarships (CLOSED)

  • Deadline 8th January 2018
  • Kent interviews on 19th January 2018: NERC interviews on 12/13th February 2018
  • £14,777 (2018/19 rate) maintenance grant plus tuition fees at the Home/EU rate
  • Applications are now open for the following projects:

    Assessment of the outcomes of biodiversity offset projects under 'no net loss' policy - Dr Joseph William Bull

    Assessment of the outcomes of biodiversity offset projects under 'no net loss' policy

    Reference: (BULL_KDICE18EE) - CASE studentship with Balfour Beatty plc


    Project description

    Scientific background

    ‘Biodiversity offsets’ have been implemented worldwide in response to economic development activities, with the objective of fully compensating for the negative biodiversity impacts associated with development. However, despite their being hugely controversial, there have been almost no empirical assessments concerning the actual nature conservation outcomes of biodiversity offsets on an international scale. The project supervisors have constructed the world’s first global database of implemented biodiversity offsets, which provides an excellent basis for a motivated PhD student to carry out such an empirical study.

    Research methodology and travel

    The student will combine: (1) biodiversity field surveys of existing offset projects, to provide data that can be analysed using spatial statistics and mapping software; and, (2) structured surveys of individual developers implementing offsets to assess decision-making processes in offsets, and revealed preferences for development in the context of offset policy. The student will draw from empirical research methods in both the natural and social sciences. Alongside fieldwork with the UK CASE partner, we expect the student to spend substantial time abroad, likely within Europe and potentially further afield (examples of countries with established offset policies include Australia, Brazil and China).


    The student will necessarily develop truly interdisciplinary research skills, receiving training to do so where necessary. This might include visiting the Supervisory Team Members in Copenhagen for training in survey research methods. The student will also interact with private sector developers including the CASE partner, and so will develop an understanding of the nuances underlying business investment in biodiversity. Finally, the student may have the opportunity to develop or improve language skills for some elements of fieldwork.

    Person specification

    We seek a highly motivated individual excited by the prospect of conducting cutting-edge research with real-world application. The successful candidate will have an MSc in conservation/ecology/zoology/environmental sciences, strong analytical skills and tropical fieldwork experience. He/she will need to demonstrate enthusiasm for working collaboratively with social scientists, conservation NGOs and government agencies.

    Selected other supervisors

    Professor Richard Griffiths (DICE)
    Dr Julia Baker (Balfour Beatty)
    Professor Niels Strange (University of Copenhagen)

    Further details

    • Start date: 15th September
    • Programme: PhD
    • Mode of study: Full-time
    • Studentship length: 3.5 years

    Apply Now

    Deadline 23:59 on 8 January 2018

    Population drivers, demographics and disease in wild snake populations - Professor Richard Griffiths

    Population drivers, demographics and disease in wild snake populations

    Reference: (GRIFFITHS_KDICE18EE) - CASE studentship with the British Trust for Ornithology


    Project supervisor

    Professor Richard Griffiths

    Durrell Institute for Conservation Ecology (DICE), University of Kent



    Project description


    Population drivers, demographics and disease in wild snake populations

    The problem

    We are in the midst of a biodiversity crisis, but monitoring is currently biased towards large, charismatic, easy-to-survey species. Snakes are key predators with potential to regulate the diversity and abundance of prey, but are difficult to observe, so little is known about population status or trends even for widespread species in developed countries. This is particularly worrying as an infectious disease known to be a major problem in North America (Snake Fungal Disease - SFD) has recently been detected in Britain and a need for urgent research on this disease identified. This project will address three fundamental questions:

    1. What determines annual survival and detectability of snakes?
    2. What are the demographic drivers and environmental factors limiting population size of snakes?
    3. Specifically, what is the potential impact of SFD on snake populations?

    The partnership

    The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) has a long history of modelling drivers of population change in birds and is extending this expertise to other taxa, piloting snake demographic work at a site in Norfolk where SFD was identified in 2016 by the Institute of Zoology (IoZ). This project provides a unique opportunity to combine cutting-edge statistical modelling with disease screening to quantify the link between disease and survival and thus predict the impacts on subsequent population size. Best practice guidance for future monitoring will also be produced. BTO and IoZ are joining forces with DICE, who have also been monitoring several snake populations in Kent for over 12 years, and ARC Trust and ARG UK, who can provide access to national databases of reptile records and other sites where monitoring is ongoing.

    Research and training

    The student will be trained in the latest statistical modelling tools for analysing capture-mark-recapture data to determine survival, detectability, population size and their associated covariates. Snakes will be individually identified using photographs and image analysis software, and IoZ will provide training in molecular techniques for disease screening and health assessment.

    Person specification

    MSc or equivalent, with professional, commercial or voluntary experience in herpetological surveying an advantage.

    Selected other supervisors

    Dr David Leech (British Trust for Ornithology)
    Dr Becki Lawson (Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London)

    Further information

    • Start date: 15th September 2018
    • Programme: PhD
    • Mode of study: Full-time
    • Studentship length: 3.5 years

    Apply Now

    Deadline 23:59 on 8 January 2018

    Monitoring responses of tropical vertebrates to land-use change using acoustic technoloiges - Dr Matthew Struebig

    Monitoring responses of tropical vertebrates to land-use change using acoustic technologies

    Reference: (STRUEBIG_KDICE18EE)


    Project description

    Monitoring responses of tropical vertebrates to land-use change using acoustic technologiesBackground

    The future of tropical biodiversity depends on how human-modified landscapes are managed, but keeping track of how species respond to management is challenging. Remote automated technologies offer opportunities to sample biodiversity rapidly, but are only now being trialled in tropical environments where ecological data is often lacking.

    Tropical bats are diverse, filling numerous ecological niches and providing ecosystem services such as pest control, pollination and seed dispersal. Logging exerts subtle changes on bat assemblages and in fragmented habitats local extinctions and diversity declines are reported. Despite these impacts, surprisingly little is known about bat responses to land-use change, largely because they are poorly surveyed compared to larger, charismatic vertebrates. Inventories rely on cumbersome live-trapping, which can be limited to accessible areas, and prone to problems in detectability in converted habitats. Thus, it is difficult to ascertain whether anecdotal declines in converted habitats are genuine or simply due to problems with sampling technique.

    Recent advances in acoustic technologies allow us to record ultrasonic information continuously and remotely for long periods, even in challenging humid tropical environments.This PhD will utilise these state-of-the-art bioacoustic approaches to investigate the impacts of land-use change on bat community structure in the Asian tropics. Acoustic techniques will be developed and combined with live-trapping to provide new insights into the fate of fragmented wildlife.

    The study will be nested within the Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems project in Sabah, Borneo, running alongside NERC's Human-Modified Tropical Forests programme. The student will undertake fieldwork to build upon an acoustic monitoring dataset and compare this data with live-capture information derived from harp-traps (the main survey technique for echolocating bats in Asia). They will train on acoustic identification and animal handling in UK and Sabah, and will contribute to a reference library of bat calls alongside colleagues in Malaysia and Australia. They will establish an automated analytical pipeline to identify bat calls and use this data to address questions on bat occupancy in different land-uses and forest fragments.

    The successful candidate will have an MSc in conservation/ecology and strong analytical skills. Experience with tropical fieldwork and bioacoustics is desirable.


    Dr Jake Bicknell (DICE)
    Dr Stephen Rossiter (Queen Mary University of London)

    Further information

    • Start date: 15 September 2018
    • Programme: PhD
    • Mode of study: Full-time
    • Studentship length: 3.5 years

    Apply Now

    Deadline 23:59 on 8 January 2018

  • When applying using the Kent online system, please enter the name of the NERC EnvEast project you are applying for rather than writing a proposal.
  • Further information about EnvEast is available at:

AHRC Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) scholarships (CLOSED)

  • Deadline 10th January 2018
  • £14,777 (2018/19 rate) plus tuition fees at the Home/EU rate
  • Exciting opportunities to gain professional experience, work across institutions and disciplines, and acquire advanced research skills
  • Candidates must upload a 2 page research proposal with their University application to be considered for this scholarship

Mozambique Conservation Research Scholarship (CLOSED)

  • Deadline 16th April 2018
  • £14,777 (2018/19 rate) plus International fees
  • Open to Mozambique residents with a relevant undergraduate degree; a relevant Master’s degree is preferred
  • Candidates must have conservation experience with expertise in plant spatial conservation prioritisation
  • Applications are submitted via the University of Kent application system and must clearly state the scholarship title within the personal statement
  • Candidates must upload a 2 page research proposal and CV with their University application to be considered for this scholarship
  • Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed via Skype
  • The Vice Chancellor's Research Scholarships - PhD Studentship 2016 entry - Deadline 31st January 2016

    About the Scholarships

    Kent has established 100 doctoral scholarships to be awarded annually. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic excellence and outstanding research potential. Scholarships will be offered at the standard UK Research Councils’ rate and administered under the Graduate Teaching Assistant Scheme, further details of which can be found at:

    Selection Criteria

    • Candidates must hold a good Honours degree (First or 2i) or a Master’s degree at merit or distinction in a relevant subject or equivalent. 
    • The scholarship competition is open to all new postgraduate research applicants.
    • Current Kent research students are not eligible for this scholarship.
    • UK, EU and overseas fee paying students are invited to apply. Please note that overseas students must have the appropriate documentation to evidence eligibility to work in the UK. Further information can be found at:

    Application Process

    • Candidates must submit a formal application for postgraduate study at the University through the online application form by the deadline date of the 20th July 2016
    • In addition, candidates must send a copy of their research proposal (2 sides of A4 not including references) and CV to Katie Watson at by the same deadline
    • Interviews will be held via Skype in the week beginning Monday 25th July

    South East ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) - PhD Studentship 2016 entry - Deadline 31st January 2016

    About the South East DTC

    The South-East ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) is a centre of excellence in social science postgraduate research training and is a partnership between the Universities of Kent, Reading, Royal Holloway and Surrey.The South East DTC is accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and draws on a rich variety of collaborations in research and in research training across the partner institutions and benefits from advanced training links to other HEIs in the region.

    PhD studentships will be available across the consortium for students commencing their studies in the 2016-17 academic year. The scholarships are divided into ten subject pathways and students who meet the eligabilty criteria can apply for consideration under that pathway. Within the pathways, there is a selection of PhD programmes and routes which can be taken based on a candidate’s previous experience and research interests. From the School of Anthropology and Conservation the following pathways can be considered:

    • Social Anthropology Pathway: visual anthropology, computer-intensive methods in anthropology, ethnobotany, medical anthropology, anthropology of tourism
    • Environment, Energy and Resilience Pathway: biodiversity conservation/land-use, climate change, food security, sustainability, environmental life cycle analysis, environmental disaster management

    Scholarship Details

    South East DTC funding is only available to Home or EU students who satisfy the research eligibility criteria (see Funding Guide below). EU students who have not been resident in the UK for the 3 years preceding the award will be entitled to a Fees Only award. More guidance on residency requirements and eligibility can be found in the ESRC's Postgraduate Funding Guide.

    Funding levels for the 2015-16 academic year are as follows:

    • Stipend - £14,057 per annum
    • Fees - £4,052 per annum
    • Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) - £750 per annum

    Application Process

    Applicants must complete the following steps when applying for the SE DTC scholarship:

    • Approach an academic member of staff from the School to discuss your proposal and request supervision. Please visit our staff profiles page for more details
    • Once you have secured a supervisor, work with them on your proposal and application
    • Submit an application for your chosen programme of study through the University's online application form before the deadline of Sunday 31st January 2016 (this should include two academic references, transcripts and certificates from your previous qualifications and a detailed research proposal).
    • Submit your SE DTC application form including two academic references and the equal opportunities form to Katie Watson at no later than 16.00 on Tuesday 2nd February 2016

    Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed during the week beginning Monday 8th February 2016. Following initial interviews, successful applicants will be put forward for consideration by the SE DTC Selection Panel. If you have not heard from us by Monday 22nd February 2016 then unfortunately your application has been unsuccessful.

    More details about the application process can be found on the SE DTC website.

    Department for International Development (DFID) - Taught Master's Scholarship 2016 entry - Deadline 16th March 2016

    About the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships

    The Commonwealth Shared Scholarship was set up by the Department for International Development (DFID) in 1986 and represents a unique partnership between the UK government and universities. The aim of the scheme is to assist students from developing Commonwealth countries who are of excellent academic calibre but for financial reasons would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the UK. The scholarship allows the successful candidates to benefit from postgraduate study at a university in the UK which will then help them to contribute towards the development of their home countries.

    The award covers tuition fees, return airfares and living costs for a one-year taught Master's programme.

    Selection Criteria

    Candidates must be able to certify in writing that the meet the following eligibility criteria:

    • A national of one of the countries listed at and not at present living or studying in a developed country
    • Hold an undergraduate degree at the equivalent of a UK first class honours
    • Committed to the University of Kent and have not applied to several other institutions who are also nominating them for an award
    • Have not previously studied for one year or more in a developed country
    • Are themselves, or through their families, unable to pay to study in the UK
    • Will return to their home country as soon as their period of study is complete. In some circumstances a student may be permitted to remain in the UK if seeking doctoral study and they satisfy certain strict conditions
    • Hold an unconditional offer by the deadline for a full-time postgraduate taught degree on one of the following courses at The University of Kent:
        • Conservation and Tourism MSc
        • Conservation and International Wildlife Trade MSc

    For full details about the DFID scholarship, and further information regarding eligibility please see:

    Application Process

    To be considered for the DFID Scholarship you must complete the following three steps:-

    1. Make a formal application for a postgraduate degree at the University of Kent for 2016-17. This can be done through the online application form.
    2. Send an email to the Scholarships Unit at by midnight (GMT) on Wednesday 16 March 2016. The email must include the following information:-
    • Subject Line: DFID Application 2016
    • Your full name
    • Your University of Kent postgraduate application number
    • Personal statement of between 300 and 500 words stating the reasons why you wish to apply for this scholarship, including confirmation of your eligibility
    • Full curriculum vitae
    1. Complete the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) electronic application (EAS). This can be done online at

    Your application will not be considered unless you have met all of the eligibility criteria and have completed the steps above by the deadline of midnight (GMT) on Wednesday 16 March 2016.

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