FSBI Grants


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The FSBI holds an annual competition open to any student wishing to apply for an undergraduate summer internship. The internship provides the student with a stipend to cover living expenses whilst carrying out a summer research project within a host institution.

The FSBI has established an annual competition to fund summer undergraduate internships for student members of the FSBI. The aim of the programme is to enable undergraduates to conduct supervised research in the UK or the Republic of Ireland lasting up to 8 weeks during the summer vacation whilst registered as a student, or during the summer immediately after completing their final year of studies. The FSBI will provide a grant of £200 (c. €236) per week up to a maximum of £1600 (i.e. 8 weeks) towards subsistence and travel expenses. We expect that 8-10 awards will be made each year.

Applicants should be studying for an honours degree in a subject relevant to fish biology, normally biological sciences, but other degree programmes will be considered if the proposed project is within the field of fish biology or fish management. Awards will not be made to support work that forms part of a degree programme or for participation in an expedition. The project submitted by the applicant should be approved by the proposed supervisor, and by the Head of Department within the proposed host institution. Projects do not have to be conducted within the department or institution where the applicant is registered for a degree. Research projects may be in any field relevant to fish biology and to the objectives of the FSBI. These would normally be projects in which fish are the primary species but could include those that examine the influence of non-fish taxa on an aspect of fish biology. However, the focus of the research must be fish biology, and the FSBI reserves the right to decide on the suitability of proposed research topics for the awards. It is a condition of funding that a report is completed by successful interns by 31 October of the year of award.    


James Baird. University of Glasgow (supervisor: Willie Yeomans). The Bullhead (Cottus gobio) in Scotland: invasive, non-native species and/or an example of ex-situ conservation.
Rosanne Dinsdale
. University of Aberdeen (supervisors: Tara Marshall, and Coby Needle Marine Scotland-Science, Marine Laboratory Aberdeen). Evaluating observer effects in discard sampling.
Amy Durrant.
University of Plymouth (supervisor: Richard Thompson). Microplastic ingestion by pelagic and demersal fish.
Eimar Egan
University College Cork (supervisor: Simon Harrison). An assessment of the diet of juvenile Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) with respect to timing of emergence and the relationship between in-stream production of the prey of emerging salmon fry.
Laura Weir
. University of Glasgow (supervisor: Barry O'Neill Marine Scotland-Science, Marine Laboratory Aberdeen). The behaviour of cod, monkfish and megrim at the mouth of demersal trawl fishing gears.


Lydia Bach University of Glasgow (supervisors: Michelle Bellingham & Willie Yeomans) The ontogeny of black tail pathology in brown trout caused by chronic heavy metal toxicity.
Carly Barrett
Heriot-Watt University (supervisor: Alastair Lyndon) An investigation into the digestive profile of Garra rufa the so called doctor fish.
Liam Byrne
  University of Hull (supervisor: Ian Cowx) The effect of drought on the recruitment of salmonids in headwater streams of the Yorkshire Esk.
Hayden Christie
University of Stirling (supervisor: Armin Sturm) Improving control of sealouse infections in wild and famed salmonids through novel drug susceptibility bioassays.
Claire Dagen
University of the West of Scotland (supervisor: Kath Sloman) The effect of early life exposure to stress hormones on cognitive behaviour.
Carola Dehler
University of Aberdeen (supervisor: Sam Martin) Molecular control of the parr smolt transformation in Atlantic salmon.
Velizara Stoilova
Queen's University (supervisor: Robert Elwood) Lateraliztion during aggressive displays in fish.
Iris Thomsen
University of Aberdeen (supervisor: Alan Jamieson) Spatial and bathymetric distribution of the deepest living fish Notoliparis kermadecensis.


Harriet Alves University of Glasgow (supervisors: Neil Metcalfe & Willie Yeomans) What are the habitat preferences of sheltering bullheads?
Claire Burrows
University of Hull (supervisors: Ian Cowx, Jon Harvey & Andy Nunn) Can angler catch data be used for fish stock assessment? A comparison against year class strength and 0+ length for the species Rutilus rutilus (L.) on the Yorkshire River Ouse
Matthias Biber
University of Bangor (supervisors: Andrew Davies, Gerard Duineveld, Marc Lavaleye) Long-term observations of deep-sea fish.
Jessica Lea University of Manchester (supervisor: Holly Shiels) Aerobic scope of brown trout.
Shanna Paterson Heriot Watt University (supervisor: Alastair Lyndon) Status of flounder parasites in Scottish waters.


Timothy Attewell-Dean Essex University (supervisors: Thomas Cameron & Tomas Brodin) Evolutionary demography of Eurasian perch (Perca fluviatilis)
James Champkin  University of St Andrews (supervisors: Carl Sayer & Gordon Copp) Assessing the impact of stream rehabilitation work on fishes and lampreys of a Norfolk chalk stream
Simone Hughes
University of Glasgow (supervisor: Willie Yeomans) Early development of ectoparasitic protozoan communities on small fish
Charlie Key
Bangor University (supervisors: Ian McCarthy & Giulia Cambie) Estuarine nursery areas around Wales: fish species diversity and abundance of recruits
Jessica Lister
University of Exeter (supervisors: Rick Bruintjes & Stephen Simpson) Ultimate and proximate response of flatfish and crustaceans to anthropogenic noise
Kirsty McWhinnie University of Glasgow (supervisors: Michelle Bellingham & Lydia Bach) Morphological variation of fish and macroinvertebrates from three loughs in Northern Ireland
Elizabeth Mercer
Essex University (supervisors: Thomas Cameron & Tomas Brodin) The role of evolution in predator-prey trophic cascades: plastic perch and their flexible friends
Helen O'Neill Bangor University (supervisors: Ian McCarthy & Giulia Cambie) Temporal changes in population biology of thornback ray in North West Wales coastal waters 1967-2013
Willow Smallbone
Cardiff University (supervisors: Jo Cable & Alberto Veiga) Assessing the toxicity of long-term nitrate exposure in a host-parasite system
Chiraag Thakrar
University of Leeds (supervisor: Will Norton) Investigating alterations in behaviours that co-occur with changes to zebrafish aggression




Applications will close at 1700 h on 30 March 2016. Applications will be reviewed by the Studentships sub-committee in March/April and successful applicants informed by early May. Subject-related enquiries should be addressed to the chair of the Studentships sub-committee.

Complete the Application form provided below, after reading the Terms & Conditions, and forward to your supervisor and Head of Department for completion of the relevant sections. The Head of Department may then submit the application electronically. Only if electronic submission is impossible, submit three paper copies of the completed form to the address below, to arrive by 30 March 2016. Save a copy of the Application form for your records. If you do not recieve an acknowledgement of receipt within 48 hours of applying please contact the FSBI Administrator (email below).

Please be aware that applications will not be submitted to the Studentships sub-committee until after the application closing date.  All applicants, whether successful or not, will be informed by the chair of the sub-committee but this may not be for up to two months after the closing date. Do not contact the Administration Office until two months have elapsed.

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