Swansea University invites applications for the Biology of Sea Turtles PhD Scholarship in the UK for the 2022/23 academic session.

The PhD student will join an established team working on the conservation biology of sea turtles across the Western Indian Ocean (WIO). The student will work within one or more of the existing projects being conducted by the team, which include:

1. Foraging ecology of sea turtles in the WIO, which is one of the priorities of the IOSEA Marine Turtle MoU.


2. Assessment of nesting numbers in the Chagos Archipelago and comparison more broadly across the WIO and globally.

3. Assessment of changes in the demography of sea turtles across the WIO including changes in body size and reproductive output, using data collected over the last 30 years.

4. Identification of important habitats and assessment of movements of sea turtles across the WIO through the examination of satellite tracking data, including patterns of space use and diving behaviour.

5. Assessment of the impact of ocean currents on sea turtles movements through analysis of data from ocean current models such as Hycom and Copernicus as well as the tracks of Lagrangian drifters.

Worth of Award

  • This scholarship covers the full cost of international tuition fees and an annual stipend of £16,062.
  • Additional research expenses will also be available.


  • Candidates must normally hold an undergraduate degree at a first class or 2.1 level in Biosciences or a related subject, and/or a distinction at masters’ level in Marine Biology (or Non-UK equivalent as defined by Swansea University).
  • The candidate should have skills to develop one or more of the areas in the project description. These skills should include being accomplished in data analysis with the ability to manipulate large data sets using R, ArcGIS or other software. Experience with fieldwork and laboratory work is desirable. An ability to organise large numbers of volunteers in the field is desirable.
  • If applicable – IELTS 6.5 overall (with at least 6.0 in each individual component) or Swansea recognised equivalent.

This scholarship is open to international fee eligible applicants only living in one of the following Indian Ocean regional countries:

  • South Africa;
  • Mozambique;
  • Madagascar;
  • Mauritius,
  • Comoros,
  • Tanzania,
  • Seychelles,
  • Kenya,
  • Somalia,
  • Djibouti,
  • India,
  • Pakistan,
  • Maldives,
  • Sri Lanka,
  • Bangladesh,
  • Myanmar,
  • Thailand,
  • Malaysia,
  • Singapore,
  • Indonesia,
  • Timor-Leste,
  • Yemen,
  • Oman.

How to Apply

As part of your online application, you MUST upload the following documents (please do not send these via email):

  • CV
  • Degree certificates and transcripts (if you are currently studying for a degree, screenshots of your grades to date are sufficient)
  • A cover letter including a ‘Supplementary Personal Statement’ to explain why the position particularly matches your skills and experience and how you choose to develop the project.
  • Two references (academic or previous employer) on headed paper or using the Swansea University reference form. Please note that we are not able to accept references received citing private email accounts, e.g. Hotmail. Referees should cite their employment email address for verification of reference.
  • Evidence of meeting English Language requirement (if applicable).
  • Copy of UK resident visa (if applicable)

Deadline: The closing date for the Biology of Sea Turtles PhD Scholarship is July 15, 2022.


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