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Extinction Studies Doctoral Training Programme


Extinction is one of the great challenges of our times. As part of a new doctoral training programme, hosted at the University of Leeds, we are offering full funding and an exciting interdisciplinary training programme for PhD students to work on topics relating to extinction and its meanings, histories and legacies. Working both individually and collaboratively, students will have the opportunity to explore the rich connections between the biological, cultural and social meanings of the global extinction crisis, and to clarify the responses and impacts that extinction is currently having upon societies and cultures across the world.

The programme will take in six to seven doctoral researchers a year over each of its three years, with the first intake was in October 2021 and the second intake in October 2022.

Applicants are required to work across at least two different disciplines, although they  will be based in a host School and will need to be admitted to that School in order to be eligible for funding. Applicants may either apply to work on a pre-set topic or develop their own research topic. In both cases, candidates are required to discuss their project with a prospective lead supervisor (see supervisor details on the website) from their chosen host School prior to submitting a formal application.

For further information on scholarships commencing in October 2023, see the Postgraduate Scholarships website.


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The Extinction Studies DTP is funded by the Leverhulme Trust