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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.

The School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences is pleased to offer up to 12 PhD projects under this scheme to start in 2022/23. Please see below for the available projects.

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.


Project titlePrimary supervisorResearch themes
A deep learning approach to infer the evolution of Anopheles mosquito populations from genomic data  Dr Matteo Fumagalli 

Environment, biodiversity & genomics

Changes in ADHD from childhood to adulthood and physical health outcomes Dr Jessica Agnew-Blais

Social interaction, health & wellbeing

Deep Bee-haviour: video-based inference of health and welfare for small animals Dr Yannick Wurm

Environment, biodiversity & genomics

Extracting scientific insights from online health boards using artificial intelligence  Prof Conrad Bessant

Social interaction, health & wellbeing

Gene-environment interplay in the development of cognitive and academic abilities Dr Margherita Malanchini

Social interaction, health & wellbeing

Genetics of hypomania and impulse control; delineating causal relations  Prof Caroline Brennan

Social interaction, health & wellbeing

AI in the biosciences

Genomic bases and tradeoffs of a recurrent major evolutionary transition in social behaviour Dr Yannick Wurm

Environment, biodiversity & genomics

Leveraging longitudinal studies to uncover shared underpinnings of adolescent mental health conditions  Dr Giorgia Michelini  Social interaction, health & wellbeing
Using information theory to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease and predict disease progression Dr Daniel Bor Social interaction, health & wellbeing 
The role of A13 dopamine neurons in reaching and grasping behaviour Dr John Apergis-Schoute Social interaction, health & wellbeing 
Using chromosomal-level genome assemblies to discover missing links in neuropeptide evolution  Prof Maurice Elphick 

Environment, biodiversity & genomics

Engineering better medicine 

Waking to Dreaming and Back: Exploring Sleep-Wake Interactions on Cognitive Function Dr Eva Zita Patai Social interaction, health & wellbeing


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