Three environmental scholarships are being offered at the University of Exeter in Cornwall.
The funded positions are available from 1 October at the Centre for Ecology and Conservation for applicants from UK Overseas Territories to study for a one year full-time MSc in conservation and biodiversity.
The fellowships are funded by the Overseas Territories Environment Programme – a joint initiative by the UK’s Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in partnership with the UK Overseas Territories.
Applicants must have a first degree in a relevant subject area (this does not necessarily need to be biology) and be currently employed by a government agency or non-governmental organisation in one of the UK Overseas Territories, or have a position to take up on obtaining this post-graduate qualification.
The course includes theoretical and practical training in nature reserve design; animal behaviour and conservation; marine vertebrate conservation; sustainable use of wildlife and plant conservation techniques; and the study of biodiversity at the gene, individual, population and ecosystem levels. It also offers a synthetic understanding of the scientific processes that underpin conservation biology.
In addition, field training visits to some of Africa’s largest and most important game reserves will give students an insight into the issues faced by conservation biologists in a developing nation.
Students will be based in England at the University of Exeter’s new Tremough Campus in Penryn from October 2005 to February 2006, before returning to conduct a research project in their home country.
Candidates will then return to the UK to write up their dissertation (August-October 2006) and attend the UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum Conference in Jersey in October 2006. Fellows will graduate in February 2007.
Each OTEP Fellowship will cover all tuition fees, travel to and from the UK to undertake the course and field work, plus a generous allowance towards accommodation and subsistence whilst in the UK. Applicants will need to fund their living expenses for the period during which they conduct their field research project.
Applications can be made online but must be submitted by 1 June.