Animals are hunted for their meat (often referred to as “wild meat”) and other body parts in many tropical nations. Millions of people rely on this method to ensure that their food, culture, and way of life may continue to thrive. However, unsustainable hunting practices are a major global hazard to wildlife and ecosystems. Those who rely on wild meat as a source of food and money are also severely affected. Another major barrier to biodiversity conservation is the demand for wild meat in urban areas, which drives the unsustainable slaughter of wildlife in rural areas.
The chosen individual will join an applied conservation research team focused on pangolins and other species used for food, clothing, or other commercial purposes (hence referred to as “wildlife use”). The candidate will employ cutting-edge statistical methods to analyze animal consumption patterns across sub-Saharan Africa (particularly West and Central Africa). The applicant will either focus on all species used as wild meat or on African pangolins, as this study is concerned with local consumption rather than international trafficking. Remember that the focus of this research is on in-country applications. In addition, they will be given the opportunity to take part in the group’s brand-new study program designed to better understand the dynamics between urban animals and humans.
The successful applicant will have access to, and be able to build, either 1) a database of studies on hunting, consumption, and trade of wildlife, or 2) a separate database of ethnozoological uses of pangolins, or 3) both. This data is being collected as part of a new, large-scale research program looking into wildlife consumption in African cities that will be published in 2023.
Despite the fact that this PhD is primarily an analytical study, there is room for the applicant to do a fieldwork project in West and/or Central Africa. In addition to the fact that the focus of this study is essentially analytical, this is another benefit. The candidate’s interests will determine the conservation, social science, anthropological, and/or environmental psychology methods they use in their work. This study has important practical implications, as it contributes to the body of evidence necessary for effective tropical wildlife management.
About the Scholarship Provider:
The Institution of Kent, formerly known as the Institution of Kent at Canterbury, is a prestigious public research university in Kent, England. The University of Beloff-Schuman Plate Glass was established in 1965, and its name is a reference to Beloff’s plate glass. In 1960, supporters of what would become the University of Kent approached the University Grants Committee to ask for funding to establish a university in the city of Canterbury. This prospective institution will be known as Kent State University. Once the plan was accepted in 1962, an Interim Committee was formed, and the institution was notified. The British government granted the institute a Royal Charter in 1965. When classes began earlier this year, there were just 500 enrolled students and 150 faculty and staff members working. Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, will serve as the university’s first chancellor. There is a set time and place for this appointment.
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SeNSS is one of only 14 Doctoral Training Partnerships in the United Kingdom that is sponsored by the ESRC, and they will be offering a handful of fully-funded ESRC doctoral studentships beginning in September 2023. SeNSS is one of the only 14 Doctoral Training Partnerships in the United Kingdom that is sponsored by the ESRC.
Scholarship Sponsor(s): University of Kent
Scholarship Country: United Kingdom
Scholarship Worth: Fully Funded
Study Level: Postgraduate
Nationality: International Students
- This is a fully funded opportunity for students in the United Kingdom; however, we do accept applications from students studying in other countries; nonetheless, additional tuition fees will apply (proof of additional financing needs to be submitted in the cover letter of the application).
The Gustafsson & Skrondal Visiting Scholarship is administered by the University of Oslo’s Centre for Educational Measurement (CEMO). As part of the visiting scholar program, CEMO and the University of Oslo host a number of young researchers from Norway and elsewhere each year.
Eligibility for Scholarship.
- In addition to the qualifications listed below, we are searching for a candidate that is energetic, self-motivated, and has a great interest in the use of wildlife.
- Either a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree with a minimum grade of merit or significant professional experience in a discipline related to the job are necessary.
- Having experience with R to analyze complicated data.
- An interest in the social sciences related to conservation.
- A familiarity with the ways in which wildlife is utilized in the local culture, such as for the preparation of indigenous medicines and wild foods.
- French language skills.
- Work experience in the field, preferably in tropical climates.
- eager to improve their critical thinking abilities.
- This research group actively fosters and supports diversity of all kinds, and as a result, they would like people from varied backgrounds to apply for positions within the group.
The University Of Kent 2023 DICE Scholarship: Conservation Implications Of The Hunting, Consumption, And Trade Of Wildlife In Sub-Saharan Africa is open to all International Students
If a student enrolls in one of the degree programs offered by SOAS University of London, they may be eligible to receive a fee waiver award in the amount of £5,000. This award is available to students who are interested in receiving a degree from SOAS University of London.
- Are you interested, and do you qualify? To submit your application to the University of Kent, please visit forms.office.com.
- Candidates are required to submit their applications by the 11th of May 2023 at 23:59 (UK time) via the online application form. They should also include a curriculum vitae and cover letter (see Funding Notes below), and they should specify which project from the list above they would like to be considered for.
The application deadline for the University Of Kent 2023 DICE Scholarship: Conservation Implications Of The Hunting, Consumption, And Trade Of Wildlife In Sub-Saharan Africa is May 11, 2023.