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PEER Group is always in interested to hear from like-minded researchers who are interested to join our lab or collaborate with us. We welcome Postdoc Fellows, PhD students, Masters students, visitors, and interns from many different countries. Get in touch!


PEER Group aims to create a research environment that welcomes and supports diversity and inclusion. We are diverse in many ways, and this diversity is fundamental to building and maintaining an equitable and inclusive community.

Cambridge is an excellent place to be based as a scientist – with two large universities at its heart. The city offers an open-minded, diverse, international population, a vibrant scientific community, and a beautiful, historic location.

We are happy to work with applicants to a range of funding schemes, a few of which are described below. Applicants interested in joining us should contact Jake Dunn (, to discuss their proposed project.


PEER Group have supported several Postdoc Fellowship applications in recent years. The following table lists the main relevant UK and EU fellowship schemes. Some other countries have their own fellowship schemes that would provide support for those seeking to join us, e.g. the NSF in the USA; we are also very willing to provide support for these candidates.

BBSRCDiscovery Fellowships5-year fellowships to support researchers who have demonstrated great potential to become future leaders (only 15 awarded/year).May
NERCIndependent Research Fellowships5-year fellowships for early career researchers (up to 8 years full-time equivalent post-PhD) of any nationality in any area of NERC’s remit.November
EU Horizon 2020Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions1 to 3-year fellowships targeting researchers who wish to carry out their research activities abroad, acquire new skills and develop their careers. Two types: European Fellowships & Global FellowshipsSeptember
L'Oreal - UNESCO UK and IrelandL’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Rising Talent Programme1-year awards of £15k for outstanding women in science with less than 10 years postdoctoral experience.March
Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851Research Fellowships in Science or EngineeringUp to 3-year fellowships for early-career researchers (up to 3 years post-PhD) of any nationality.Open in October
Royal SocietyUniversity Research Fellowships5 to 8-year fellowships for outstanding early career scientists with 3-8 years postdoctoral experience.September
Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships5-year fellowships for outstanding early career scientists who require a flexible working pattern.September
Industry Fellowships2-year fellowships for scientists who want to work on a collaborative project with industry (or vice-versa). April & October
Newton FundNewton International Fellowships2-year fellowships for non-UK early-career scientists (up to 7 years post-PhD) who wish to carry out research in the UK.March
Newton Advanced Fellowships3-year fellowships to enable established international researchers from particular countries (currently Brazil and Turkey) up to 15 years post-PhD to develop collaboration and reciprocal visits with a partner in the UK.March
Daphne Jackson TrustDaphne Jackson FellowshipsFellowships are usually held part-time for 2 years. The scheme aims to return those with a STEM background to their careers following a career break of 2+ years (must have had 3+ years in research prior to break).Apply any time


We host a cohort of international PhD students who carry out work in the field, in the lab, in museums and on campus. If you are interested to develop your own project, and are considering applying for funding, then please contact Jake Dunn to discuss this. Please be aware that we receive many such applications, so to make yours stand out, please consider putting together a 1-2 page summary covering: your conceptual research interests, the specific question that you would like to tackle, a suitable study system to pursue this question, and some outline methods you may use in pursuit of the question. More information about our PhD program can be found here.

ARU does have a PhD studentship scheme, but academic staff apply to the university for this funding, not potential students directly. Unfortunately, PhD funding in the UK is limited and highly competitive. There are generally more options for applied projects than for fundamental research. However, many other countries offer their own studentships for students to study PhDs in the UK.

We will advertise any funded studentships on this page and on Twitter, so please check regularly for up-dates.


At ARU, we offer three Masters courses relevant to PEER Group research. For projects that fall within our research expertise, we are able to offer project supervision for the dissertation component of the course. If you are British, Irish, or currently live in the UK, the UK Government offers a Postgraduate Master’s Loan to help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master’s course.

MSc – Animal Behaviour Applications for Conservation

MSc – Applied Wildlife Conservation

MPhil – 1 year research project


We welcome interns and visitors to our campus for periods of weeks to months. Please contact Jake Dunn if you are interested to collaborate with us or would like to use our facilities or consult our expertise.