IBioIC Collaborative Training Partnership PhD Studentships for International Students in UK, 2018

Nigerian man jailed for pretending to be a white woman to defraud a white man

Justice Watilat Ibrahim of the Federal High Court 2, sitting in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital has convicted and sentenced one Agboola Taiwo (a.k.a Mary Caesar) to four months imprisonment for an offense bordering on impersonation, and contrary to Section 22(3) (b) and punishable under Section 22(4) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act, 2015.

The convict, who was prosecuted by the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, was arraigned in court on December 10, 2018.

The charge that earned Taiwo jail, reads: “that you Agboola Taiwo (a.k.a Mary Ceaser) sometime in November, 2018, at Awa-Ijebu, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, fraudulently impersonated by presenting yourself to be Katherine Bishop, a white female via your mail sent to one James, a United States of America citizen through your email address: lonelydiva2k18@gmail.com and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (3) (b) and punishable under Section 22 (4) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act, 2015.

He pleaded guilty and opted for a plea bargain, prompting the prosecuting counsel, Mabas Mabur to pray the court to convict him accordingly.

He was convicted and sentenced to four months jail term by Justice Ibrahim with effect from the date of arrest.

The convict also forfeited his two phones to the Federal Government of Nigeria, being part of the proceeds of his fraudulent act.

Applications are invited for IBioIC Collaborative Training Partnership (CTP) PhD Programme – Call for Projects #6. IBioIC will only award a PhD studentship for projects of 4 years in duration.

Since its inception, IBioIC has developed, funded and administrated an innovative, collaborative PhD programme funded by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC).  As a result of a further award from BBSRC in January 2017, IBioIC has expanded its PhD programme to form a Collaborative Training Partnership (CTP) which funds four-year studentships leading to the degree of PhD.  The end goal of the IBioIC CTP is to provide students with all the skills required to significantly contribute to the growth of the biotechnology industry in line with the UK Industrial Strategy. In addition, the IBioIC CTP aims to foster life-long networks within the biotechnology industry through regular cross-cohort training and interactions.

Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.

Scholarship Description: 

  • Applications Deadline: October 1, 2018
  • Course Level: Studentships are available to pursue PhD programme.
  • Study Subject: The project topic must align with one or more of the five major themes of IBioIC.

The Project topic must align with one or more of the five major themes of IBioIC:

  1. Sustainable Feedstocks
  2. Enzymes and Biocatalysis/Biotransformation
  3. Cell Factory Construction and Process Physiology
  4. Downstream Processing e. Integrated Bioprocessing
  • Scholarship Award: The funding available will differ depending on which funding stream is applied for. Applicants can apply to one or both of the available funding streams if the funding criteria are met. In summary, the funding available is as follows:
  • BBSRC funded projects: BBSRC will cover full studentships costs in relation to RCUk fees and stipend with a £5000 per year RTSG.
  • IBioIC funded projects: IBioIC will cover up to 50% of the full studentship costs in relation to RCUK fees and stipend including a £5000 consumables, travel and training annual budget.
  • Nationality: This studentship is available to UK, EU and International students.
  • Number of Scholarships: The number of PhD Projects to be awarded in this sixth IBioIC PhD competition are as follows:
  • BBSRC funded CTP studentships: 14
  • IBioIC funded CTP studentships: 6
  • Scholarship can be taken in the UK

Eligibility for the Scholarship: 

Eligible Countries: This studentship is available to UK, EU and International students.

Entrance Requirements: Applicants must meet the following criteria:

With regards to recruitment, applicants can be from the UK, EU or International. However, at the application stage, the fees are assumed to be that of a UK student and any additional fees relating to international recruitment will need to be met by the Academic Partner.

English Language Requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.

Application Procedure: 

How to Apply: In order to enter this competition, the Project Lead should submit the entry form (‘IBioIC Project #6_FINAL’) and relevant funding spreadsheet(s) to the IBioIC Skills Team (skills-at-ibioic.com) before 1st October 2018 (12 noon). Please refer to downloadable file ‘IBioIC PhD Competition_1920 Final’ for detailed information related to submissions. In order to enter this competition, the IBioIC Project #6 Entry Form must be completed and returned with requested supporting documentation. Appendix 3 contains instruction relating to the completion of this form which is downloaded as a separate form (Word format). The Project Lead should complete this and submit their entry to the IBioIC Skills Team (skills@ibioic.com) before 1 st October 2018 (12 noon). The intention is to keep entry requirements to a minimum whilst still supplying enough information to allow reviewers to make an informed decision on the relative merit of each project. The Review Panel may request further information on the Project.

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