The MSC scholarship research program

The MSC scholarship research program is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students focussed on fisheries science and management and the integrity of the seafood supply chain.

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

Applications for the 2018 program are now closed. To be notified when the 2019 scholarship opens for applications, please email

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Meet the scholars

Laurissa Christie

University of Windsor, Canada
2018 winner, studying the influence of sea ice on deep-water food web dynamics in the Arctic.

Ahmad Catur Widyatmoko

University of Basque Country, Spain and MER Consortium
2018 winner, researching the use of Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) in small-scale Indonesian tuna fisheries. 

Zelin Chen

University of Washington, USA
2018 winner, researching management strategies for a quota-based management system in China’s red swimming crab fishery. 

Catherine Seguel

Universidad Austral de Chile
2018 winner, mapping the value chain of the Chilean marmola crab fishery.

Matthew Coleman

Heriot-Watt University, UK, 
2018 winner, will be trialling a new way of monitoring stocks of European lobster off the coast of Scotland. 

Lily Zhao

University of Washington & Stockholm Resilience Centre
2017 winner, mapping the trade flows of octopus in East Africa.

Timothy Munyikana Kakai

Pwani University in Kenya
2017 winner, trialling the use of LED lights on nets to reduce turtle bycatch in Kenyan artisanal fisheries.

Hunter Snyder

Harvard Business School & Memorial University.
2016 winner, investigated best practice in sustainable seaweed aquaculture in Indonesia.

Ana Crisol Méndez Medina

El Colegio de la Frontera
2016 winner, conducted social research around illegal fishing and the enforcement systems established by local fishing cooperatives in Mexico.  

Rachel Mullins

Rhodes University in South Africa
2016 winner, used genetic sequencing technology to examine population structures of yellowfin tuna in South Africa.

MSC Scholarship Program Terms and Conditions 2018
Language: English
Date of Issue: 01 January 2018
2018 MSC Scholarship Program Application Form
Language: English
Date of Issue: 01 January 2018
2018 Guidance for MSC scholarship applicants
Language: English
Date of Issue: 01 January 2018
MSC Scholarship Program FAQ 2018
Language: English
Date of Issue: 01 January 2018

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