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PhD in social evolution: fieldwork on social wasps across Africa
Grad Positions
Posted Nov 17

Love social evolution? Keen on fieldwork? Ready to brave the odd sting in the name of science?
We are looking for an excellent and initiative-taking student to conduct an ambitious PhD tackling the links between climate and the evolution of cooperation. Join us at the University of Bristol’s School of Biological Sciences – a friendly and dynamic department in a great UK city. You will conduct wide-ranging field experiments and labwork on Africa’s most recognisable wasps (in the beautiful genus Belonogaster), work with a world-clas collection of museum specimens at the Natural History Museum in London, and develop evolutionary models of social evolution.
This fully-funded PhD is open to applicants worldwide.

For more information about the PhD and how to apply, see, and email [email protected] to discuss the project and your suitability well before the deadline.

How do I apply?

This PhD is part of a competition-funded 'doctoral training partnership' (DTP) known as the 'Great Western 4+ DTP' (a partnership between several universities and research institutions in the UK). This is a competitive scheme, and shortlisted candidates from different DTP projects will be interviewed by a central DTP panel. The deadline for complete applications to the DTP is 9th January 2023, but you should contact the supervisors before this deadline to discuss any questions you might have about the project and whether the project would be a good fit for you.

Entry requirements
For admission to the University of Bristol, you must have an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject with a grade equivalent to a UK first or upper second-class degree. If you are applying from the US, a CGPA of 3.3 or above is considered equivalent to a UK upper second-class degree. Applicants with additional relevant experience and/or a master's degree are encouraged to apply. Further information on entry requirements and funding for international students is available here: