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 OSF@msc.org.

How to apply

The MSC Student Research Grants for 2022 are now closed.

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A global fund

Since 2012, the MSC has awarded over £129,000 to 32 student projects in 18 countries. 

In 2022, £24,475 was awarded to students carrying out projects based in Indonesia and the United Kingdom. Projects include:

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

Previous recipients

Expand the drop-down sections below to see where we have awarded Student Research Fund grants since 2012.  

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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Ocean Stewardship Fund

Ocean Stewardship Fund

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

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Science and Research Fund

Science and Research Fund

The Science and Research Fund provides grants of up to £50,000 to support research projects that help fisheries meet and maintain sustainability best practice.

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Science and Research

Science and Research

Our research collaborations deepen our understanding of sustainable fishing and supply chain traceability.

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