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Zoonoses and Emerging Livestock Systems (ZELS)

This competition is now closed.

ZELS associated studentships

ZELS is a joint research initiative between the Department for International Development (DFID) and:

  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
  • Economic and Social Sciences Research Council (ESRC)
  • Medical Research Council (MRC)
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
  • Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)

Its purpose is to make a step change in the research evidence available to inform decision makers on how to minimise the health risks associated with the rapidly changing nature of livestock systems in developing countries, focusing on those risks which impact on the livelihoods and health of poor people.

BBSRC manages the ZELS programme on behalf of all funders, and further information can be found on the BBSRC website - external link.

NERC is administering this call for ZELS associated studentships.

ZELS associated studentships

An expected key outcome of ZELS associated studentships is to create a concentrated focus for doctoral training in ZELS related research, building a strong and active cohort of students who are able, and encouraged, to work together. The training environment should provide students with excellent opportunities to gain transferrable skills and to conduct original and scientifically excellent research.

Funding available

Funding will be awarded for a single intake of 15 studentships commencing in the academic year 2015-2016.


This is a restricted entry competition. The ZELS programme invites proposals from consortia led by successful ZELS Research Partnership Grants (RPGs) grant-holders (ie PIs or Co-Is).

For further information regarding this funding opportunity, please see the Announcement of Opportunity and assessment panel documents below.

Announcement of Opportunity (PDF, 166KB)

DFID report (PDF, 1.4MB)

Pro-forma (Word, 54KB)

ZELS-AS assessment panel (PDF, 12KB)

ZELS-AS panel provisional scoring form (PDF, 87KB)