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School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences

CONACYT PhD studentships

CONACyT offers a scholarship programme which aims to send Mexican students on PhDs to study science and technology at top universities around the world.


Queen Mary is pleased to offer CONACyT funded PhD students a variable fee discount to meet the CONACyT maximum contribution. CONACyT will provide a contribution towards your tuition fees each year and Queen Mary will waive the remaining fee. CONACyT will pay a stipend towards living costs to its scholars. Please visit their website for further details:

The School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences is pleased to offer a number of projects under this scheme to start in 2023/24. Please see below for the available projects. Other projects may be possible (pending approval) and should be discussed with a prospective supervisor. Further guidance can be found here:

Eligibility and applying

Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria set out by CONACyT and should also meet the requirements set out under each project description.

Applicants will need to complete an online application form to be considered. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for a formal interview by the project supervisor. Those who are successful in their application for our PhD programme will be issued with an offer letter which is conditional on securing a CONACyT scholarship (as well as any academic conditions still required to meet our entry requirements).

Once applicants have obtained their offer letter from Queen Mary they should then apply to CONACyT for the scholarship as per their requirements and deadlines, with the support of the project supervisor.

Only applicants who are successful in their application to CONACyT can be issued an unconditional offer and enrol on our PhD programme.

For more information about funding opportunities available at Queen Mary for Mexican applicants, please contact  


Project title Primary supervisor
ADHD in girls & women over the life course Dr Jessica Agnew-Blais
Alertness Monitoring during Human-Computer Interaction Dr Valdas Noreika
Biophysics of bacterial cell death Dr Nikola Ojikic
Bridging the gap: dissecting the role of RNA binding proteins during spiral cleavage Dr Chema Martin
Characterization of the evolution of DNA methylation readers across eukaryotes Dr Alexandre de Mendoza Soler
Deep Bee-haviour: video-based inference of health and welfare for small animals Prof Yannick Wurm
Designer MCE proteins: Unity and diversity of lipid transport function in double membranes Dr Vidya Darbari
Engineering symbionts for control of vector born diseases  Dr Lee Henry
Epigenetic basis of nutrition-mediated development in the honeybee Dr Paul Hurd
Genetic bases of inverse comorbidity Dr Maxim Freydin
Genetics of hypomania and impulse control; delineating causal relations Prof Caroline Brennan
How place and grid cells encode uncertainty during spatial navigation Dr Yul Kang
Identifying well-being: Can arts engagement promote health and well-being through identity change? Dr Janelle Jones
In vitro reconstitution of cooperative interactions at the kinetochore-microtubule interface Dr Vladimir Volkov
Insect visual cognition and neural computation Prof Lars Chittka
Linking gross navigation performance with moment-by-moment decision-making Dr Yul Kang
Machine learning for genomic data from spatially and temporally distributed populations Dr Matteo Fumagalli
Molecular Basis for helicase loading onto a bacterial replication origin Dr Aravindan Illangovan
Molecular mechanisms of impulse control Prof Caroline Brennan
Neural and perceptual signature of alexithymia Prof Isabelle Mareschal
Neural basis of cognitive reserve in ageing and Alzheimer’s disease  Dr Guifen Chen
Photosynthesis on Exoplanets: What might it look like? Can it be detected? Dr Chris Duffy
Psychiatric disorders and cognitive decline in diverse UK cohorts Dr Jessica Agnew-Blais
The genomic innovations underpinning the convergent evolution of extreme morphological differentiation Prof Yannick Wurm
The influence of diet on evolution of human metabolism revealed by artificial intelligence and verified by cell biology Dr Matteo Fumagalli
The role of the chromatin modifier Kdm2aa in melanoma formation Dr Elisabeth Busch-Nentwich
Understanding the specificity of the ubiquitin system in innate immunity Dr Ben Stieglitz 


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