PhD and MSc opportunities

The EGI hosts a very interactive community of 20-30 graduate students, working on a very diverse range of topics, spanning genomics, epidemiology, ecology, conservation, macro-evolution, and social behaviour. The majority of students enrol for a DPhil (the Oxford equivalent of a PhD) but MSc in Research are also a possibility.

At present, the EGI does not offer internal graduate studentships. However, a limited number of funded opportunities to conduct graduate studies at the EGI are available through different sources. When available, these opportunities are advertised on:

There are four main routes of funding graduate studies at the EGI.

1)   Departmental studentships. Each year, a small number of funded graduate projects are available through the Department of Zoology. These regularly include DPhil projects supervised by members of the EGI. For a comprehensive overview of graduate opportunities available at the Department, as well as information on application procedures please see:

2)   Tied studentships. These are studentships that are tied to a particular research grant and individual supervisors, which are advertised on an ad hoc basis.

3)   Scholarships tied to the student. There are several sources of funding for students, both from the UK, Europe and further afield run within Oxford. Details of these schemes can be found on the University’s main website under information for graduate students. Note that most of these schemes require the student having secured a supervisor and an outline of the research project at the time of the application. Before applying, prospective students are advised to first discuss the possibility of doing a DPhil at the EGI. In the first
instance they should contact a staff member at the EGI with similar research interests in order to establish whether their project would fit into the institute’s research plans.

4)   Other funding sources. Students have sometimes brought their own DPhil funding to the EGI, most often from abroad. As in the case of scholarship applications above, students should first discuss their application with prospective supervisors, and have secured a supervisor and a project outline at the time of application. The scope of this
preliminary discussion is to ascertain that the proposed research is well thought out, as well as logistically and financially feasible, given the resources available to the applicant. This would involve submitting a fully referenced proposal of usually not more than 1500 words.

All formal applications for graduate studies at the EGI are processed centrally by the graduate office of the Department of Zoology, and subjected to the selection procedures (e.g. interview) set out by the Director for Graduate Admissions of the Department. For more information see: