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UCCRI/ESRC DTC Institutional Visits Programme

UCCRI/ESRC DTC Supported Institutional Visits

The ESRC Doctoral Training Centre has provided generous support for a programme of institutional visits, designed to promote interdisciplinary research in relation to biodiversity conservation. This programme is now open to all students, not just ESRC. 

The programme provides students the opportunity to visit an overseas or UK-based University partner for up to three months, to establish research networks, disseminate early research findings, participate in seminars and other academic activities, or benefit from research training that is not available in Cambridge. It is important that the institutional visit emphasises interdisciplinary aspects of research in relation to conservation. The institutional partner will be expected to provide a host, who will act as a faculty mentor during the visit. Coordination of the visit will be carried out by the UCCRI Director and the Cambridge PhD supervisor, to ensure that this is of maximum benefit to the student. Visits must commence during the 2013 – 2014 academic year.

The funds cannot be used as a travel grant or for workshops and conferences. They are for collaborating and working with another institution in the UK or overseas, where the visit will benefit the graduate student's current or future academic career and potentially provide 'added value' to their PhD experience.

Procedure for application

Interested students should contact their supervisor and the UCCRI Director, Dr Bhaskar Vira ( and complete an online form at: with a proposal that outlines the purpose of their visit and how it relates to their doctoral research.

Closing Date: 14th April 2014

Important to Note:

The visit must be within the academic year 2013-2014.

The funds cannot be used as a travel grant or for workshops and conferences. 

There is no standard list of institutions – you should discuss the institution you are interested in visiting with your PhD supervisor in the first instance.



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UCCRI is an Interdisciplinary Research Centre, with a network of over 150 researchers from all 6 Schools of the University of Cambridge. The Institute supports multidisciplinary research on biodiversity conservation and the social context within which humans engage with nature. It works from a base in the David Attenborough Building, which is designed to enhance collaboration and the sharing of perspectives across organisational and disciplinary boundaries. Find out more...

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