Ted Hollis Scholarship Announced

Ted Hollis Scholarship Announced

21 January 1998

(21 January 1998)


The Department of Geography, University College London seeks applicants for the Ted Hollis Scholarship in Wetland Hydrology & Conservation. The first Hollis Scholar will be appointed from the beginning of the 1998/9 academic session (September 1998).

hollis.jpg (6049 bytes)The Scholarship is a lasting tribute to Dr G. E. (Ted) Hollis and has been made possible through donations by his friends, colleagues and former students around the world. Ted was a member of academic staff within the Department of Geography between 1971 and his untimely death in 1996. During this time he was responsible for pioneering research on the hydrology, management and conservation of wetland ecosystems. This research took him to such diverse areas as the North Kent Marshes (UK), Kakadu National Park (Australia), Lake Ichkeul (Tunisia), the floodplains of the Senegal River and the Hadejia-Nguru Wetlands (northern Nigeria).

Ted was especially committed to enhancing the understanding of the importance of wetlands within the less developed countries in which he worked. For this reason the Scholarship is targeted at overseas students, preferably from less developed countries, who are academically exceptional and would otherwise be unable to study at one of Britain's leading universities. The Scholarship will support a post-graduate student undertaking research leading to a PhD. The duration of the Scholarship will be three years. The Scholarship will provide tuition fees and an annual maintenance grant equivalent to those provided by the UK Research. Additional financial support is also available for fieldwork expenses and the acquisition of specialist scientific equipment.

The Hollis Scholar will be based within the Wetland Research Unit, an integral part of the Geography Department's Earth Surface Processes Research Group. Additionally, the UK Institute of Hydrology will support the Scholar through supervisory assistance and the use of equipment, computer and library facilities. Current research within the Wetland Research Unit includes the hydrological monitoring, modelling and management of floodplain wetlands in West Africa, the intensive monitoring of hydrological processes within UK grazing marshes and the combination of remote sensing and hydrological modelling for wetland studies. Recent research has been funded by IUCN, WWF, UNEP, the European Union, Wetlands International and English Nature.

Applicants for the Hollis Scholarship should normally hold, or expect to hold by September 1998, an upper second class or higher first degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Application forms are available from the Department of Geography's graduate tutor (address below) and should be accompanied by a curriculum vitae, the names of two referees and a two page research proposal. This proposal should outline the research which the candidate would undertake if appointed. It should include a discussion of the scientific questions which the research aims to address and the methods which would be employed.

All applications should be sent to the Graduate Tutor, Department of Geography, University College London, 26 Bedford Way, London, WC1H OAP, UK.

The closing date for applications is 1 June 1998.