Student Research Grants

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

What are Student Research Grants?

The program provides up to £5,000 per postgraduate student project for travel and other support.

Projects must have the objective of studying some aspect of environmental improvement, performance or best practice in relation to a specific fishery and the MSC Fisheries Standard.

The Student Research Grant was formerly known as the Scholarship Research program.

Who can apply?

Grants 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.  

The fishery the student is collaborating with must be one of the following:

For information on eligible fisheries or to confirm the status of one, please visit Fishery Progress or contact

How to apply

The MSC Student Research Grants for 2022 are now closed. Sign up to receive email updates for reminders for when the fund opens.

Applications must be submitted in English via email to

Applicants must be able to accept the Student Research Grants Terms and Conditions and Ocean Stewardship Fund Privacy Policy below.

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Date of issue: 15 September 2020

A global fund

Since 2012, the MSC has awarded £105,000 to 26 student projects in 18 countries. Each point on the map represents a student project that received funding from the MSC.

In 2021, £15,000 was awarded to students carrying out projects based in Indonesia and the United States. Projects included:

A map of student research projects that have been supported through MSC funding.

Previous recipients


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
Guilherme is researching how small-scale traditional community fisheries in southern Brazil have been adapting to using bycatch reduction devices. He will look at the socioeconomic effects of using selective fishing gears.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Collaborating for more sustainable fishing

Collaborating for more sustainable fishing

Fanny Vessaz's research involved assessing bycatch reduction devices in the southern Brazilian artisanal seabob shrimp trawl fishery.

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