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MSC scholarship research program

The MSC Scholarship Research Program is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students studying problems and solutions in fisheries science and management and the integrity of the seafood supply chain.

Up to £4,000 per project is available for travel, equipment and other support.  

Applications close 31 March 2018.

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Recent scholarship recipients

2017 awardees:

  • Lily Zhao, a Masters student from the University of Washington, USA and the Stockholm Resilience Centre will be mapping the trade flows of octopus in East Africa.
  • Timothy Munyikana Kakai a Masters student from Pwani University in Kenya will trial the use of LED lights on nets to reduce turtle bycatch in Kenyan artisanal fisheries.

2016 awardees:

  • Hunter Snyder works at Harvard Business School and is a Masters student at the Marine Institute, Memorial University. He investigated best practice in sustainable seaweed aquaculture, exploring sustainable seaweed production in Indonesia.
  • Ana Crisol Méndez Medina, a PhD student from El Colegio de la Frontera sur in Mexico conducted social research around illegal fishing. Her work explored enforcement systems established by local fishing cooperatives in Mexico.  
  • Rachel Mullins, a Masters student from Rhodes University in South Africa used genetic sequencing technology to examine population structures of yellowfin tuna in South Africa.

2015 awardees:

  • Cristina Andrés, PhD student from the University of Huelva (Spain), has been investigating the impacts of overfishing and abandoned fishing gear on the distribution of shark and tuna species surrounding a UNESCO World Heritage site, Cocos Island National Park.
  • João Rodrigues, PhD student from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), has been studying the environmental and economic challenges of seafood supply chains on artisanal developing world fisheries in Cape Verde. 

2014 awardees:

  • Josu De Isusi Rivero, an MSc student in marine biology at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), has been examining the role of seafood market incentives on the sustainable uses of fishery resources in developing world countries


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