PhD position: Establishing the knowledge base for sustainable seaweed cultivation

[EU, UK] These scholarships may potentially be funded by the European Social Fund by a KESS 2 programme currently in development – however, this is yet to be confirmed. If this is not funded by a KESS 2 project these scholarships will be funded by the College of Science at Swansea University*.

Project Summary: 

Markets for seaweeds are rapidly expanding, yet small-business producers can no-longer rely on collecting wild seaweeds, which are becoming over-exploited. Cultivation promises to conserve local stocks while increasing product yield and quality. The student will, in collaboration with the Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company (PBFC), develop the knowledge base for sustainable seaweed cultivation via several steps: 1) investigate the diversity of local natural seaweed stocks; 2) identify suitable strains for sustainable cultivation; 3) develop methods for long-term preservation of stock cultures. This project blends field surveys, genetics, lab and field trials. The student is expected to participate in regular two-way knowledge-exchange with PBFC, including hosting workshops for PBFC personnel and producing a handbook of best practice for sustainable seaweed cultivation.

PhD in Biological Sciences:  Scholarship for UK or EU applicants in the field of Marine Biology

Project Supervisor: Prof Kam Tang, Dr John Griffin, Dr Sara Barrento

The deadline for applications is by 4pm on Friday 13th November

Scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners including SME’s and micro companies, as well as public and third sector organisations. 

Value of Award:

The PhD studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend.  The bursary will be limited to a maximum of £14,002 p.a. dependent upon the applicants financial circumstances assessed in section C point 4 in the  KESS 2 participant proposal form

There will also be additional funds available for research expenses.

Length – PhD (Full time):

3 years funding with a 6 month period to complete the thesis. 

The achievement of a post graduate skills development award, PSDA, is compulsory for each KESS 2 scholar is based on a 60 credit award.


Candidates must have a First or an Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in Bioscience or in a related field. 

Eligibility Criteria: Please refer to section C of the draft KESS 2 student application form for full details.

Any queries relating to Section C – Eligibility, please contact Jane Kelly and / or Jane Phipps (see contact page for details). 

How to apply:

Candidates are required to complete two application forms:

College of Science scholarship application:

Please complete and submit the following documentation by the stated deadline. 

To apply for this studentship, please download the  research scholarship application form and return it to the College of Science with the following:

  • 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 to [email protected]
  • 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

Please use the ‘Supplementary Personal Statement’ section of the application form to explain why the award you are applying for particularly matches your skills and experience and how you would choose to develop the project.

Please email the documents to [email protected] or post them to:

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

KESS scholarship application:

Please complete the  KESS 2 participant proposal form and return to the KESS office at the address stated in the application form or email [email protected] (Jane Kelly 01792 513565) & [email protected] (Jane Phipps – 01792  513729).

If you could please contact the relevant academic regarding information on the area of research in particular via email [email protected] (Prof Kam Tang) or [email protected] (Dr John Griffin) we would be very grateful. For all other queries please contact the KESS office contacts mentioned above.

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