University of Auckland Marsden Grant PhD Scholarship in Behavioural and Evolutionary Ecology

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The Scholarship was established in 2016 and is funded by a Marsden Grant awarded to an academic staff member from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland.

The intention of the scholarship is to encourage and support a student to develop their doctoral research project to investigate weapon evolution in monoscutid harvestmen, a group of endemic New Zealand arachnids. Their research will combine behavioural, morphological and evolutionary approaches to understanding the diversity and exaggeration of harvestmen chelicerae (jaws).

How to apply

You do not need to apply for this Scholarship or complete an online application form, it is awarded on the recommendation of the relevant Faculty or University of Auckland Committee.

For more information about the awarding process for this Scholarship, download a copy of the regulations.

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Applicable study: PhD at the University of Auckland School of Biological Sciences
Closing date: No application required
Tenure: Up to 3 years
For: Assistance
Number on offer: One
Offer rate: One-off
Value: Up to $27,000 pa, plus domestic PhD course fees (see Reg.2)


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