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Conservation Research Institute


Applications open for CCI knowledge-exchange studentships

Fostering effective collaborations between academic research and and practice in the field is a key focus for CCI. CCI has now therefore established a project called Fostering action-orientated research for conservation, which brings academics from the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute together with leading conservation practitioners from CCI’s partners to supervise ‘knowledge-exchange’ doctoral studentships. The idea behind these knowledge-exchange studentships is that the conservation organisations will benefit from the intellectual insight brought through collaborating with the student, while the student themselves will gain experiences and insight that will feed into their research and understanding of biodiversity conservation.

Funds are available to support one further studentship. The current call is open to students who are starting their PhDs in the 2021/2022 academic year. £45,000 is available for the studentship, over a 3-year period, to cover the costs incurred by the conservation organisation associated with hosting the PhD student.

The most recent round of this knowledge-exchange studentship was awarded to Esme Ashe-Jepson. Find out more about Esme’s work and her collaboration with the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire: Action-orientated research for conservation: knowledge-exchange studentship awarded.

CCI is extremely grateful to the Evolution Education Trust for supporting the Fostering action-orientated research for conservation project.

More information on this call, including eligibility criteria, is available here: Fostering action-orientated research for conservation: Overview and application information

The application form is available here: Fostering action-orientated research for conservation: application form

The deadline for applications is midnight on Wednesday 1 September 2021. If you have any questions around this opportunity please contact Kirsten Russell, CCI Administrator