Student Research Grants

The MSC Student Research Grants supports 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 Student Scholarship program.

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Who can apply?

Grants are available to current postgraduate fisheries science students, studying for their Masters or PhD anywhere in the world. Integrated Masters students are eligible to apply during their final year only.  

The fishery the student is collaborating with must be one of the following: MSC certified, in the In-Transition to MSC program, a stage 4 pathway project fishery, or a comprehensive FIP. For information on eligible fisheries or to confirm the status of one, please visit Fishery Progress or contact OSF@msc.org.  

How to apply

The MSC Student Research Grants for 2021 are now closed, with the next call expected in October 2021.

Completed applications must be submitted in English and submitted via email to OSF@msc.org.

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 over £90,000 to 23 student projects in 18 countries. Each point on the map represents a student project that received funding from the MSC.

Global map of Student Research Grant awardees from the MSC.

Previous recipients

2019

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.

2018

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.

2017

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.

2016

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.

2015

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.

2014

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.

2013

Miguel Cosmelli

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

2012

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.

 

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