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Cambridge Global Food Security

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

Early Career Researchers are a vital component of our network. 

Structured research within the University's doctoral training programmes and centres is complemented by interdisciplinary training and networking activities run by Cambridge Global Food Security, and events run by the student-led Cambridge Food Security Forum.

Useful links:

Our ECR events page has details of forthcoming activities.

Early Career Researcher Travel Fund 2019

Funding opportunities

PhD Opportunities in Global Food Security


Agriculture and Food Security is a strategic priority of BBSRC, and PhD opportunities within the theme of Agriculture and Food Security exist at Cambridge as part of the BBRSC Doctoral Training Partnerships Programme

There are many fundamental research projects, for example understanding the molecular basis of plant epigenetics and its influence on characters of hybrids, studies of the molecular basis of the immune response in animals, or evolution of pathogen genomes.

These are complemented by more applied research into animal disease, welfare and productivity, strategies to deal with spread of crop pathogens, and breeding of new plant varieties, as well as how to balance agricultural production with conservation of natural habitats, and the role of nutrition in developmental programming and life-long maintenance of health.   

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Cambridge ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Social Sciences

Cambridge hosts one of the largest groups of social sciences researchers in the country, and the DTP is a diverse student community. 

The current intake has several thematic areas that may be of relevance to global food security:

  • Sustainability, prosperity and wellbeing
  • Inequality, equity, justice and economic growth
  • Conflict, culture, mobility and development
  • Emerging technologies, human behaviour and productivity
  • Cognition, behaviour, language and learning

Please find out more about the current studentships HERE.



University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute (UCCRI) Early Career Researcher Programme

The Early Career Researcher (ECR) Programme at University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute is designed to provide skill development and support to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers within an interdisciplinary and collaborative research environment.

The ECR programme is targeted at those whose research addresses conservation in the broadest sense which appeals to researchers across the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute's network across all six Schools. 

Please find more information on the ECR programme HERE.



Cambridge Infectious Diseases Interdisciplinary Research Centre - ECR Resources

CIDIR is actively trying to connect early career researchers across schools and disciplines, as well as providing numerous resources aimed at ECRs.

Please find more information HERE.



Living Laboratory for Sustainability

The ‘Living Lab’ provides opportunities for Cambridge students to improve environmental sustainability on the University estate through projects, internships and research.

It draws on the expertise and talent of students and staff at the University of Cambridge, encourages application of knowledge to the real-world context, enhances skills of those involved, increases connections between people, and provides more opportunities to reach the University's mission, "to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning, and research".

Paid internships at the University of Cambridge are offered to Cambridge students and graduates every year. 

Please find more information HERE.

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Global food security is a major research priority for UK and international science.

Cambridge Global Food Security is a virtual centre at the University of Cambridge. We promote an interdisciplinary approach to addressing the challenge of ensuring all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and preferences for an active and healthy life. 

Please contact the Programme Manager D.ssa Francesca Re Manning to request information, share information, or join our mailing list.