We welcome enquiries about studying reptiles and amphibians from academics of all levels. This page serves to inform you of exciting prospective projects and funding opportunities. We have a wide range of projects using reptiles or amphibians as the subjects of study in Invasion, Evolution and Conservation. If you have any ideas, we'd like to hear from you, so get in touch.

DAAD-RISE opportunity

DAAD-RISE project outline and responsibilities

The main objective of the project will be to investigate the autecology of toads using an existing dataset for a global analysis and a local example of an invasive species. The student will determine which taxonomic and functional groups of invertebrates are preyed upon by the guttural toad in Cape Town. Moreover, the student will also investigate whether this species has functionally shifted its dietary preferences once in the new environment. He/she will analyse the stomach contents of individual toads collected in Cape Town and Durban using microscope and taxonomic keys. In addition, the candidate will put the findings into a global context with extensive literature already collected by the MeaseyLab for previous analyses (Measey et al. 2015). Lastly the student will assist in morphological data collection on the invasive toads.

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Project Info

  • Client | DAAD-RISE
  • Date | 21/10/2015
  • Category | Other Opportunities
  • Place | CIB, Stellenbosch University

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Funding Opportunities

NRF Freestanding Bursaries - South African Students only. Call usually closes in August each year. Visit the NRF website for more information. The South African NRF does hold some opportunities for collaborative funding.

Claude Leon Foundation - This foundation funds both South African and foreign postdoctoral scientists, who should increase the volume and quantity of research output, transfer technical skills and generally enhance the research culture.

The Royal Society in the UK

Marie Curie Outgoing International Fellowships

Or you could consider crowdfunding your own project...

Most of the funding for visiting academics will be from the visitor's own country. You should contact your research council and ask for South African bilateral funding possibilities.