Scholarships & Bursaries
1 x PhD and 1 x MSc opportunity
Small Procellariiformes as indicators of ecosystem changes and plastic pollution
Through the South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP; http://www.sanap.ac.za), the Marine Apex Predator Research Unit (MAPRU; Coastal and Marine Research Institute at Nelson Mandela University) in collaboration with the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology (University of Cape Town), is offering two full-time study opportunities (1 PhD [2019-2021] and 1 MSc [2019-2020]) starting in early 2019.
The two opportunities fall within the project ‘Small Procellariiformes as indicators of ecosystem changes and plastic pollution’ led by Dr Maëlle Connan (Nelson Mandela University) and Prof. Peter Ryan (FitzPatrick Institute, University of Cape Town). This project intends to use small burrowing nesting seabirds breeding on the Prince Edward islands, the Tristan da Cunha archipelago and possibly Antarctica as indicators of the health and status of the Southern Ocean ecosystem. One aspect of the project focuses on the trophic ecology of these species that will be determined using direct (identification of prey remains) and indirect (stable isotopes, lipids) approaches. The second aspect uses the birds as biological samplers to investigate the extent of plastic pollution in the Southern Ocean. Micro and macro-plastic pollution loads will be estimated mostly from seabird stomach contents and pellets. The combination of contemporary data with historical works will inform on the impact of global change on marine ecosystems as well as temporal trends in pollution loads.
Fellowships, scholarships & bursaries
For a comprehensive list of scholarships and bursaries available through UCT, please contact the Postgraduate Scholarships Office directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Coordinators of the various Research Programmes at the Institute can also be contacted for additional information.
Funding for publication and for rated researchers
There are avenues via which postgraduate students can obtain funding for publishing the results of their research. Please contact the Director of the Institute to find out more.
Other funding opportunities are through the University Research Committee (various deadlines) and through NRF Scholarships and Fellowships.