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MARES Doctoral Programme
Ghent University, Belgium

Scholarship / Financial aid: 8-10 Ph.D. grants offered for three years each

Date: three years

Deadline: 15 January 2011

Open to: applicants which have a Master degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Oceanography, etc.

Announcement follows

MARES is a three-year world-class Joint Doctoral Programme offered by a consortium of 24 partner institutions (11 full partners and 13 associated members) originating from 14 countries.
Ghent University (Belgium) is the coordinator of MARES.

The MARES Doctoral Programme was approved for funding by EU in July 2010. First Doctoral candidates will start in the programme from September 2011 onwards. Applications for doctoral candidates will be open from 16 November 2010 onwards.

All MARES doctoral candidates will study with two of the partner institutions and will be awarded a joint Ph.D. degree (Doctorate in Marine Sciences).
In connection with the annual call for applications, the MARES doctoral programme will publish a catalogue of MARES PhD research topics within the applied scientific fields of Marine Ecosystem Health and Conservation.

MARES will focus on six scientific and applied fields (more info), all dealing with the effects of impacts of humans on the natural marine environment :

1. Future Oceans : temperature changes - hypoxia - acidification
2. Understanding biodiversity effects on the functioning of marine ecosystems
3. Biological invasions
4. Natural Resources : overexploitation, fisheries and aquaculture
5. Ocean noise pollution
6. Habitat loss, urban development, coastal infrastructures and Marine Spatial Planning

The MARES doctoral programme defines a common foundation in which all doctoral candidates must build on regardless of research topic and institutions.
This common foundation is the following :

1. study periods with at least two MARES partner institutions,
2. Co-tutelle ,
3. at least follow 10 credits in transferable skills and 10 credits in advanced research topics,
4. attendance at the Annual MARES Meetings,
5. attendance to two international scientific conferences (with post or oral presentation)
6. at least one publication accepted in a peer reviewed journal.

In this way, the MARES doctoral candidates will be involved in common activities, giving them opportunities for networking with other doctoral candidates, other academia, research organizations and enterprises. Based on this partnership, an important ALUMNI post-doc organization can be launched with trained leaders in Marine Ecosystem Health and Conservation.

The MARES doctorate programme includes a compulsory collaboration between at least two partners (and/or associated partners) during the preparation of the doctorate. Therefore, institutional mobility and placements of minimum 6 months is foreseen at the start of the doctoral period by involving at least two MARES partners per doctoral subject. At least one of the partners should be eligible to award the doctorate degree; this partner will be acting as the 'main doctorate promotor'.

For the MARES doctoral programme, EU will fund each year for 8-10 Ph.D. grants (each 3 years). In principle the school is granted for 5 years indicating that after 5 years, about 40 50 doctoral candidates will be trained in fields of Marine Ecosystem health and Conservation.

Who can apply?

* Study Requirements:
o A prerequisite for admission is that applicants have a Master degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Oceanography, Marine Sciences, Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, or other equivalent degrees with a minimum of 60 credits.
o In fact a minimum requirement of 240 ECTS combining the B.Sc. and M.Sc. (or equivalent to 4 years of graduate studies with thesis) is eligible.
* Language Requirements:
o A recent (max 3 years old) proof of knowledge of the English language is also a requirement (CEF-level C1). The following proofs of English will be allowed:
o A recent TOEFL Certificate: minimum score: 570 points (Paper) or 87 points (Internet)
o A recent IELTS Certificate: minimum score: 6.5
o A recent First Certificate in English of the University of Cambridge
o A recent Certificate of a University Language Centre testifying that the student masters the necessary knowledge of English to function academically (specify CEF-level) - C1 level
o A recent proof that the candidate followed at least 2 Years of higher education taught in English
+ If you were an Erasmus Mundus Master Course student in the EMBC project, then it suffices to upload a word-document stating that you finished your EMBC Master Course.


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