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The Ralph Lewin - F E Fritsch Prize Studentship in the field of Phycology is available to UK and overseas citizens, but funded to the level of home fees only. The Department of Plant Sciences, in conjunction with Downing College, is offering a range of projects in the field of phycology. Candidates are encouraged to review the projects on the Department's website and to contact potential supervisors directly for further details.
 
The studentship is typically tenable for up to three years and includes the University Composition Fee (to the level of home fees only) and a living allowance at the standard UK Research Council Doctoral stipend levels (£15,609 2021/22 rate).
 
The award is conditional upon the recipient becoming a member of Downing College for the duration of the studentship and being registered for a PhD in Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge. Should a course continue to a fourth year, the Managers of the Fund agree to award the student a further maintenance payment to support their studies, providing that their status as a postgraduate at Downing College remains current.
 
An annual progress report and a final post-viva report at the end of the award holder's PhD on their time spent at Downing and the Department is expected.
 
Applicants seeking to join the Ralph Lewin-F E Fritsch Prize programme in 2022 should apply to the Department of Plant Sciences in the first instance, in advance of the University’s Funding Deadline (6th January 2022).
 
The Department will assess and select eligible applicants and submit for consideration, if an initial Departmental evaluation and interview are successful. Application procedures can be found here. Applicants need to select Downing College as their first choice College when making an application.
 
We are also happy to devise a project with you if you have suitable research interests that we share in phycology. Please contact a prospective supervisor to develop a project proposal before applying.