World-Leading St Andrews Scholarship in Earth Sciences and Chemistry

The University of St Andrews is offering a fully – funded scholarship program for students undertaking doctoral research in the the project: The Roles of Lipids in Coral Biomineralisation and the Effects of Future Climate Change. Students from all over the world are welcome to apply.

Scholarship Description
This doctoral project will identify the roles of lipids in coral biomineralisation and determine how these will be affected by future climate change. Skeletal lipids are dominated by sterols and phospholipids and the latter may bind Ca2+ and act as templates for CaCO3 deposition. Lipids extracted from coral skeletons affect the crystal morphology and porosity of calcite (a second form of calcium carbonate) precipitated in vitro but the molecules responsible for this are unresolved.

Award Value
The award covers full tuition fees for the award term as well as an annual stipend payable at the standard UK Research council rate.

Level & Area of Studies
PhD degree in Earth Sciences and Chemistry.

Place of study
At the University of St Andrews in UK.

Eligibility and Requirements

  • Applicant must not already hold a doctorate degree.
  • Applicant must be able to start their degree in September 2020.
  • The student should be aplying for doctoral research in projects related to “the role of lipids in coral biomineralisation and the effects of future climate change”.

Application Instruction
To apply, please go to the link below.

Submission Deadline
16 January 2020.


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