Fully Funded Swansea University Grenoble Alpes PhD Scholarship


    Swansea University is glad to announce its Fully Funded Swansea University Grenoble Alpes PhD Scholarship. Uncovering intra- and inter-specific movement strategies of large herbivores living in dynamic complex landscapes.

    In the current ‘Era of the Anthropocene’, global human impact is fundamentally altering ecological processes on earth. Thus understanding and predicting how biodiversity will respond to environmental change has become one of the most pressing questions for ecological research. Biodiversity responses to global change are ultimately mediated by proximate behavioural processes of individual organisms, affecting energy intake and expenditure and exposure to risks, and ultimately the distribution and demographic performance of individuals.

    Movement in particular is a key behavioural response to environmental change determining shifts in the abundance and range of species, yet we still lack the ability to understand and predict in a robust way why, and where, animals move.

    The goal of this PhD project is to build upon the exceptional opportunities offered by a large set of sub-second biologging (accelerometer, magnetometer) and GPS data collected by an ongoing large UK-France collaboration and a French ANR-funded project running until 2020 (“Mov-It”), which yield sub-second movement paths with associated information on the detailed behaviour, individual state and energy expenditure of each individual, collected on over 100 individuals of five wild ungulate species and three domestic ones, from six contrasting study areas across France, to develop novel mechanistic, predictive models of individual and species response

    Swansea University is a research-led university which offers the right balance of excellent teaching and research, matched by an enviable quality of life.

    What You Need To Know About Swansea University Grenoble Alpes PhD Scholarship

    The project will be supervised by Anne Loison at Université Grenoble Alpes/Université Savoie Mont-Blanc, and by Luca Borger at the Department of Biosciences, College of Science, at Swansea University.


    Scholarships are available to pursue a Phd program which are awarded to pursue research project “Uncovering intra- and inter-specific movement strategies of large herbivores living in dynamic complex landscapes”


    Scholarship can be taken in France for 18 months and 18 months in the UK


    This scholarship is open to UK/EU candidates only.


    This three-year College of Science, Swansea University/Université Grenoble Alpes covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £14,777 at Swansea University. The successful candidate will also receive a gross salary of between €1,768.55 and €2,100 per month (dependent on complementary activity) at Université Grenoble Alps.

    Swansea University Grenoble Alpes PhD Scholarship Eligibility

    Applicants must meet the following criteria:

    The candidate should hold a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (behaviour ecology, quantitative ecology, modelling, mathematics) or be expected to achieve this qualification by October 2018, or have a university degree equivalent to a European Master’s (5- year duration).

    Highly developed modelling expertise, and knowledge of movement ecology, will be required. For candidates whose first language is not English, we require IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in each component) or equivalent. Please visit our website for a list of acceptable

    English language tests:
    We prefer candidates to have already met the English Language requirements at the point of application, although this is not a requirement. Competence in French is highly desirable, and would be a substantial advantage for day to day activities.
    Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to UK/EU candidates only.

    English Language Requirements: Candidates whose first language is not English, we require IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in each component) or equivalent. Please visit our website for a list of acceptable English language tests.

    How to Apply For Swansea University Grenoble Alpes PhD Scholarship

    Applicants should send the following documents to anne.loison@univ-smb.fr. , l.borger@swansea.ac.ukand science-scholarships@swansea.ac.uk:

    • Academic References – all scholarship applications require two supporting references to be submitted. Please ensure that your chosen referees are aware of the funding deadline, as their references form a vital part of the evaluation process. Please either include these with your scholarship application or ask your referees to send them directly by email.
    • Academic Transcripts and Degree Certificates – academic transcripts and degree certificates must be submitted along with the scholarship application by the funding deadline. We will be using these to verify your academic qualifications.
    • CV – please include a recent CV
    • A short presentation describing your final year scientific project (2 to 3 pages max)
    • A motivation letter

    Online Application

    These documents can also be posted to:

    Recruitment and Marketing Team,
    College of Science,
    Wallace Building, Swansea University
    Singleton Park
    SA2 8PP, UK


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