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MSC Student Research Grants support postgraduate students around the world who are studying fisheries science.

What are Student Research Grants?

The grants support students carrying out a research project in collaboration with fisheries that are engaged in the MSC program, including certified and those committed to meeting the MSC Fisheries Standard.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to current postgraduate fisheries science students, studying for their Master's course or PhD anywhere in the world. Integrated Master's students are eligible to apply during their final year only.  

To be eligible, students must collaborate with a fishery that meets one of the following criteria:  

  • MSC certified,
  • In the In-Transition to MSC program
  • A stage 4 pathway project fishery or a comprehensive fishery improvement project (FIP)

The Student Research Grants are currently closed to applications.

Previous grant recipients

The MSC has awarded over £150,000 to 36 student projects in 16 countries since 2012.

In 2023, a total of £23,150 was awarded to students carrying out projects based in Madagascar, Australia, Indonesia and South Africa:

Expand the drop-down sections below to see where we have awarded Student Research Grants since 2012.  
Maria Teresa Tavera Ortiz, Autonomous University of Baja California
Boosting gonad health in Mexico red sea urchins

Saranya A Sankar, Cochin University of Science and Technology
Safeguarding the future of India’s shrimp and squid fisheries

Aubrey Mathews, University of Exeter
Mapping risks to endangered species in the North Sea Wash brown shrimp fishery

Mayra Benítez Arellano, Marist University of Mérida
Growing the supply of sustainable Mexican red octopus to meet demand

Leni Maryani, IPB University
Innovative DNA methods to age blue swimming crabs in Indonesia


Bianca Haas, University of Tasmania, Australia
Bianca studied how Regional Fisheries Management Organisations respond to sustainability initiatives and environmental agreements such as the UN SDGs.

Guilherme Suzano Coqueiro, Federal University of Paraná, Brazil
How small-scale traditional community fisheries in southern Brazil have been adapting to using bycatch reduction devices.

Rodrigo Oyanedel, University of Oxford, UK
Rodrigo is researching the illegal fishing of common hake in Chile which is affecting local fishers that depend on hake fishing for their livelihoods. He will investigate the drivers for illegal fishing and look at how the fishery can work to prevent illegal fishing.

Santiago Bianchi, Universidad Nacional in Mar del Plata and Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Desarrollo Pesquero, Argentina
Santiago studied how to reduce spider crab bycatch in the Argentine southern king crab fisheries.

Zelin Chen, University of Washington, USA 
Researched management strategies for a quota-based management system in China’s red swimming crab fishery.  

Matthew Coleman, Heriot-Watt University, UK
Trialled a new way of tagging European lobster to monitoring stocks off the coast of Scotland  

Laurissa Christie, University of Windsor, Canada
Researched the influence of sea ice on deep-water food web dynamics in the Arctic.  

Catherine Seguel, Universidad Austral de Chile
Mapped the value chain of the Chilean marmola crab fishery at a regional, national, international level.

Ahmad Catur Widyatmoko, University of Basque Country, Spain and MER Consortium
Studied the use of Fish Aggregating Devices in small-scale Indonesian tuna fisheries

Lily Zhao, University of Washington & Stockholm Resilience Centre 
Mapped the trade flows of octopus in East Africa.

Timothy Munyikana Kakai, Pwani University in Kenya
Trialled the use of LED lights on nets to reduce turtle bycatch in Kenyan artisanal fisheries.

Hunter Snyder, Harvard Business School & Memorial University 
Investigated best practice in sustainable seaweed aquaculture in Indonesia.

Ana Crisol Méndez Medina, El Colegio de la Frontera
Conducted social research around illegal fishing and the enforcement systems established by local fishing cooperatives in Mexico.  

Rachel Mullins, Rhodes University in South Africa 
Used genetic sequencing technology to examine population structures of yellowfin tuna in South Africa

Joao Rodrigues, University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain
Investigated the environmental and economic challenges of seafood supply chains in developing countries. 

Cristina Andres, University of Huelva, Spain
Studied the distribution of tuna species surrounding a UNESCO World Heritage site, Cocos Island National Park, in the eastern Pacific.

Josu De Isusi Rivero, University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain
Researched the adaptive capacity of the port of Vigo in global seafood markets. 

Fanny Vessaz, Federal University of Paraná in Brazil
Researched the use of bycatch reduction devices in the southern Brazilian artisanal seabob shrimp trawl fishery

Miguel Cosmelli, University of California, Santa Barbara (USA)
Conducted a socioeconomic assessment of the artisanal Lobster fishery in Juan Fernandez Islands, Chile.

José Alberto Zepeda Domínguez, Institut de Ciències del Mar – Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (ICM-CSIC)
Researched management structures for successful fisheries in Gulf of California fisheries.

Floor Bokkes, Wageningen University, Netherlands
Analysed the effectiveness of the Blue Swimming Crab Fisheries Improvement Project in Indonesia. 

Chris Poonian, University of Nottingham, UK
Studied coastal fisheries management traditions of the Bedu of South Sinai and implications for modern‐day conservation in Egypt.

Giulia Gorelli, Institut de Ciències del Mar – Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (ICM-CSIC)
Studied the effects of closing the fishery of the deep-sea shrimp Aristeus atennatus during winter season in the Mediterranean.

Student Research Grant project features

Traditional knowledge and modern devices

Traditional knowledge and modern devices

Guilherme Suzano Coqueiro's research project is working to see how modern devices and traditional knowledge can work together to improve Brazilian shrimp fisheries’ sustainability.

Tracking anchored FAD use in Indonesian fisheries

Tracking anchored FAD use in Indonesian fisheries

Fish aggregating devices or FADs are a type of fishing gear used by many small-scale fisheries. Ahmad Catur Widyatmoko tracks their use in Indonesian tuna fisheries.

Could genetics help sustain yellowfin tuna?

Could genetics help sustain yellowfin tuna?

Rachel B. Mullins has used MSC research funding to conduct next-generation DNA sequencing of yellowfin tuna.

Ocean Stewardship Fund

The MSC's Ocean Stewardship Fund offers grants to certified sustainable fisheries, improving fisheries and fisheries investing in scientific research.
Ocean Stewardship Fund