20 FULLY-FUNDED MSc positions in Biology, Ecology, other Environmental Sciences, & Statistics.

Looking for a graduate position (MSc/PhD)? then this is for you.

@Ijesha_canadian @Oludeewon @SamuelArawu @Iam_MrPackagin @AnumahABD @olumuyiwaayo @yanjus4christ et al Kindly RT.

In July, I made a thread on where you can find available (funded) positions in Canada. If you missed that, please check 👇

(and if you know anyone in the environmental field, have them check my page often for scholarship update).


1. MSc Position at UQAC, Canada.

Project: Dynamics and diversity of old-growth boreal forests in Eastern Canada dominated by balsam fir (Abies balsamea) along an altitudinal gradient.
Stipend: 16,000$/year. More info on cef-cfr.ca/uploads/Actual…

2. MSc/ PhD) in Marine Habitat Mapping and Species Distribution Modeling- Memorial University, Canada

Required skills: quantitative background in marine ecology or biology, and familiarity with a programming language (e.g. R).

3. MSc Research Assistantship West Virginia University
STARTING DATE: January 2021
STIPEND: $18,000/year plus health insurance and university tuition waiver.
CONTACT: send a letter of interest, CV, a 500-word SOP to Dr. Jim Anderson at wetland@wvu.edu.

4. MSc in Soil Science/Rare Plant Recovery- Univ. of Washington

Applications should include a CV & a statement of research interests that articulates how the applicant meets the expectations of this position. Applications received by October 15 2020 get full consideration

5. MSc/PhD position in Biological Control of Weeds- Michigan State University, USA.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The position comes with a generous stipend, tuition waiver, and health benefits.

6. MSc/Ph.D. Research Assistantships - Auburn University (AL) - Applied Aquatic Ecology

Interested students are encouraged to email Alan Wilson (wilson@auburn.edu) describing why the lab is a good fit for you by 1 December 2020 for full consideration.

7. MSc Position to Examine Perspectives on Forest Adaptation & Restoration Strategies at the University of Vermont.

Qualifications: BSc in forest ecology, forestry, silviculture, biology, or a related field.

8. MSc Position in Plant Ecology at University of Nevada, Reno

The ideal starting date is January 2021, but a Fall 2021 start date may also be considered, particularly if the applicant can start by early summer 2021. Funding is available for at least two years.

9. MSc/PhD Positions at the University of Oklahoma

Project: Community/Food Web Ecology of Non-Perennial Streams.

10. MSc Position in Microbial ecology and carbon cycling of coastal Alaskan wetlands.

You'll work in Beard lab (karenhbeard.webs.com) & closely with Atwood lab (trishaatwood.weebly.com) & the Waring Lab (waringecologylab.com) at Imperial College-London.

11. 1 MSc & 1 PhD position in Remote Sensing and Data Analytics for Sustainable Agriculture.

Starting in Spring or Fall of 2021 to work in the areas of remote sensing and data analytics for sustainable agriculture.

12. MSc Position: Vertebrate Neuroecology- University of North Carolina, Wilmington

13. Funded MSc position on green crab movements using telemetry

Project: Characterizing movements of green crabs in a model estuary

14. Fully-funded MSc Research Assistantship on Stream Ecology

Macroinvertebrate communities in Gulf Coastal Plains Streams of Arkansas Dr. Hal Halvorson, Assistant Professor at the University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR

15. 3 MSc/PhD positions in population and community ecology, University of Calgary

Guaranteed funding at a minimum level of $23,000/year (higher depending on availability of lab funds and success of scholarship applications) is available for 2 years (MSc) or 4 years (PhD).

16. 1-2 MSc/PhD positions in quantitative plant ecology, global change, restoration

Shriver Quantitative Plant Ecology Lab at the University of Nevada-Reno is recruiting 1-2 graduate students (Ph.D. or M.S.) to join the lab beginning the fall of 2021.

17. 2 MSc positions available in remote sensing and fire ecology (Sonoma State University)

18. 1 MSc and 1 PhD: Plant trait variation and tropical plant-insect interactions

19. MSc/PhD opportunities in plant and ecosystem ecology at Texas Tech University

Interested students are encouraged to first contact Nick at nick.smith@ttu.edu. Application details can be found at depts.ttu.edu/biology/academ…

20. MSc/PhD Position in Transgenerational Plasticity

Interested students are encouraged to view recent preprints (jehellmann45.wixsite.com/home/recent-ne…) to get a better idea of current work.


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31 Aug
Scholarship Applications for Graduate School: A comprehensive explanation of the two main routes.

Are you applying for scholarships for the 1st time or perhaps not aware of other means of funding available for graduate school? kindly check this thread and follow it.

I've written some threads on graduate school admission and funding, including:

1. Statement of Purpose and Personal Statement:

2. Using STAR approach to writing Essays:

3. Skype Interview with Prof:


Familiarize yourself with Scholarship org or website sharing scholarship links –:

1. Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program (Africa, Lebanon, UK, Canada, US)
2. Rhode Scholarship for West Africa (UK)
3. Commonwealth Scholarships- (UK)
4. Chevening Scholarship (UK)

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So, you’re asked to write a 350word personal statement essay on “overcoming obstacles, community work, experience (s) that have shaped you, academic gap- low GPA/GRE scores- & how the degree will help your future goals” 1/n
“STAR” is an appropriate model one can employ in this scenario to set a good precedence for your write up and ensure you adequately answer all questions asked.
S- Situation
T- Task
A- Action
R- Result
Last week, I made a post on writing a concise SOP/ PS, if you missed it, please check here

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12 Aug
Statement of Purpose & Personal Statement for graduate admission- A very concise explanation of the two & IMPORTANT TIPS TO NOTE.

Statement of Purpose (SOP)- it's a research statement and a bit different from Personal statement (PS).
Your SOP should be about 4 parts:

1. Introduction, interests & motivations.- a very brief & direct description of yourself

2. Brief description of your undergrad (or MSc) journey- important modules, your publications, past research, conferences- point out just the significant things & why they’re important. 2/n
3. Your activities- past or current-; work experience, leadership or volunteer that prepared you for graduate school and specifically for that MSc/PhD you’re applying

4. Discuss more on your research interests- the question you would like to study for MSc/PhD,

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3 Aug
Skype Interview with Professor

So, a professor (PI) finally replied your email:- “Hi, I'd like to chat with you to learn more about your interest” Congratulations. This chat is for them to connect the dot, see if there’s a fit & whether you will make a good candidate. 1/n
This thread gives an overview of the meeting and some questions you can/should ask PIs to show research curiosity.

N.B: Solely based on my OWN experience & not a general model: I’ve participated in 10 Ph.D. Interviews, submitted 4 (based on my interest) with 2 offers. 2/n
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Wondering why you’re not getting responses after sending emails to professors?
Even though funding or full lab might be a reason, but if your email is convincing enough, you should get a response of encouragement/possible collaboration. 1/n
Perhaps you’re guilty of one of the below points?
N.B: These are personal observations and not a general opinion of Professors.

If you’re looking for a thread on how to send an email, please see bit.ly/2BBnnga and bit.ly/3hLG3ZU . 2/n

1. Inappropriate Salutation- It’s easy to identify a spam email targeted at many Profs at a time. E.g: sending just “Dear Professor” will bring mixed feelings on whether you “Bcc” many profs.
Solution: Writing “Dear Dr or Professor ABC” is better. 3/n
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22 Jul
Prospective Grad students considering 🇨🇦

Do you know that in 🇨🇦, there are websites where funded M.Sc/Ph.D. positions are listed?

You can see below links, perhaps you see yours

N.B:- this list might be a bit biased towards #Ecology- I'm a Spatial Ecologist

1. lnkd.in/eakHiCa - Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution
2. lnkd.in/eJNfqHb - Canadian Society of Zoologists
3. lnkd.in/ezaYdmZ - The Entomological Society of Canada
4. lnkd.in/e46BRng - Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists

5. lnkd.in/e5pBQCf - Pacific Regional Society of Soil Science
6. lnkd.in/ebg67N6
7. lnkd.in/evRjCtf - by Richard L. Boyce, Dept of Biological Sciences, Northern Kentucky University.
8. lnkd.in/eQ5ebXb IALE- North America. 3/n.
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