The MSC scholarship research program

The MSC Scholarship Research Program annually awards scholarships to support students around the world who are studying fisheries science and management or supply chain traceability.

How does the scholarship research program work?

The program provides up to £4,000 per student project for travel and other support. Approximately five scholarships are awarded each year.

To qualify for consideration, projects must focus on the study of some aspect of environmental improvement, performance or best practice in fisheries management, or seafood product traceability and supply chain management.

Since its launch in 2012, the MSC has awarded over £70,000 to 19 student projects in 14 countries. 


Applications are closed

Applications are now closed for our 2019 program. 

Who can apply?

Undergraduate or postgraduate students worldwide who are studying problems and solutions in fisheries science and management or supply chain traceability. 

How much funding is available?

Up to £4,000 per project is available for travel and other support. Approximately five scholarships are awarded each year.


How to apply

Please return completed application forms (below) to, with your name in the file name.  

If you have any queries about the application process, please email
MSC Scholarship Research Program FAQ 2019
Date of Issue: 15 February 2019
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MSC Scholarship Research Program 2019


As an MSC Research Scholar, I was able to join international researchers and practitioners working to ensure the sustainability of octopus fishing across the Western Indian Ocean.

Lily Zhao, 2017 scholar

Meet the 2018 scholars

Ahmad Catur Widyatmoko

University of Basque Country, Spain and MER Consortium
Ahmad is researching the use of Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) in small-scale Indonesian tuna fisheries. FADs are used to attract fish and there are currently many unregistered FADs deployed in Indonesia. Working with Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI), the project aims to detect the location of FADs and analyse vessel behaviour and catch around FADs. Ahmad will work with scientists at CSIRO Australia to analyse data and develop statistical models describing the use of FADs.

Catherine Seguel

Universidad Austral de Chile
Catherine is mapping the value chain of the Chilean marmola crab fishery. Marmola crab are a commercially important species in Chile where they are harvested using traps and diving. Catherine is conducting interviews to identify new market opportunities and map the value chain at a regional, national and international level. 

Laurissa Christie

University of Windsor, Canada
Laurissa is studying the influence of sea ice on deep-water food web dynamics in the Arctic. Working with Inuit communities in Nanavut, Canada, Laurissa is collecting samples from trawl surveys and local Inuit hunts. Laurissa’s research is vital to monitoring the impacts of fisheries on Arctic food webs and will fill a key knowledge gap in this understudied region.

Matthew Coleman

Heriot-Watt University, UK 
Matthew is trialling a new way of monitoring stocks of European lobster off the coast of Scotland. The European lobster fishery is vital to Scotland’s rural fishing communities and a limited understanding of the stock status makes sustainable management difficult. Matthew will collaborate with Orkney Sustainable Fisheries to tag and release undersized and legal sized lobsters, recording their movements and recaptures to provide insight into population density, behaviour and distribution of the stock.

Zelin Chen

University of Washington, USA
Zelin is researching management strategies for a quota-based management system in China’s red swimming crab fishery. Red swimming crab is valuable to local fishing communities in China, playing an important role in global seafood trade. Zelin is studying the perceptions of key stakeholders and reviewing existing literature. The project will advance understanding of Chinese red swimmer crab and provide recommendations on a quota-based management system.

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