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OT Scholarship for Ecological Studies

The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) has secured funding for a scholarship to enable a student from one of the overseas territories (OTs) to study for a BSc Honours degree in Applied Ecology and Conservation at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading.

The scholarship will be administered by the United Kingdom Overseas Territories Association (UKOTA) which was established in 1993 to promote the interests of the United Kingdom Overseas Territories and co-operation between them. Specifically UKOTA demonstrates the collective and individual partnerships between the territories and Her Majesty's Government. The scholarship is part of the Overseas Territories Training and Research Programme which will contribute to capacity building within the OTs.

As part of the scholarship, the students tuition fees will be paid, travel to and from the territory and monthly allowances to cover accommodation and living expenses. For more details on allowances please see the UKOTA website or contact Mrs Kedell Worboys, Chair of the UKOTA Scholarship Working Group via email: or Tel: +44 (0) 207 031 0314 Fax +44 (0) 207 031 0315

Why study Applied Ecology and Conservation?

Human activities have damaged the Earth's ecosystems and caused significant biodiversity loss. This is a global problem, but is also very relevant to the UK Overseas Territories. The UKOTs are rich in biodiversity, but this biodiversity is under threat from a range of human activities. Reducing these losses and designing a more sustainable future requires skilled individuals who will develop evidence-based solutions. The degree in Applied Ecology and Conservation is designed to provide this training and skills development.

The University of Reading's BSc Applied Ecology and Conservation degree programme offers:

  • The opportunity to acquire the varied skills required of applied ecologists and conservation biologists through a combination of taught courses and practical experience.
  • Hands on field-based learning: fieldwork is an important part of ecological study and the University of Reading is very fortunate in having excellent facilities. Additionally, there are field courses in both the UK and abroad.
  • Flexibility: the degree programme is designed to maximise student choice, so that you can focus on those aspects of Applied Ecology and Conservation that most interest you.
  • Modules taught by experts in the field; academics who are internationally recognised for their research.
  • A Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) for applied undergraduate research skills in Applied Ecology and Zoology. This includes the Cole Museum of Zoology, a fantastic educational resource with specimens from throughout the animal kingdom.
  • Transferable skills such as communication (both written and oral), information handling, numeracy, problem solving, team working in the laboratory and in the field, and use of information technology.

Who are we looking for?

We wish to award the scholarship to a student with clear academic ability, who can show strong evidence of a commitment to a career in conservation biology and an interest in contributing to the conservation work in the Overseas Territories.

We wish to award the scholarship to a committed student who is keen to develop a career in nature conservation in the Overseas Territories.

To qualify for the scholarship applicants must be 18yrs of age and over, have Overseas Territories Citizenship, or the right to live and work in an Overseas Territory and satisfy the entry requirements below.

Entry Requirements:

300 UCAS points from no more than 4 A level or AS level subjects. Points to include grade B in A level Biology; an additional A level in a Science subject or Geography is preferred. (Points exclude Key Skills and General Studies).

GCSE: Grade C is required in English, Mathematics and Science.

We will be able to show some flexibility in these requirements for students with exceptional experience, especially for a mature student with experience of working within the environmental/conservation sector in one of the Overseas Territories.

How to apply

Applicants will need to complete the standard UCAS application procedure.

In addition, we ask that applicants contact Graham Holloway (Address: Dr Graham Holloway, Admissions Tutor for Applied Ecology and Conservation, Harborne Building, School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading, Whiteknights Park, Reading, RG6 6BX) with a letter expressing their interest in applying, a CV which should include the names of two referees, and a brief outline of why they think that they should be awarded the scholarship (no more than 500 words).

Closing date: 30 April 2009

Links for further information:

For further information on UKOTA and details of allowances go to:

For further information on modules please follow the link:

For further information on the School of Biological Sciences go to

For further information on the University of Reading, including information on accommodation, student services, etc, go to:

To apply follow the links to: