The MSC scholarship research program

The MSC Scholarship Research Program annually awards scholarships to support students around the world who are studying fisheries science 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 £90,000 to 24 student projects in 18 countries. 

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How to apply

We expect the next application round to open in January 2020.

Meet the 2019 scholars

Bianca Haas  

University of Tasmania, Australia
Bianca is studying how Regional Fisheries Management Organisations respond to sustainability initiatives and environmental agreements such as the UN SDGs. The MSC’s research grant will enable Bianca to attend two key fisheries commission meetings in Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.

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.

Jessica Hudgins

Heriot-Watt University, UK
Jessica is studying the population dynamics and habitat use of sawfish in Queensland waters. In collaboration with Sharks and Rays Australia, Jessica will hold workshops to train fishers on safe sawfish handling.  

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 is studying how to reduce spider crab bycatch in the Argentine southern king crab fisheries. Since 2014 the king crab traps have had escape rings to allow juvenile spider crabs to escape, the project will study the impact of the escape rings.




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Current research

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Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs)

The MSC recognises the important contribution that FIPs can make to improving overall fisheries health and in promoting sustainable seafood. We work to provide technical support and capacity to credible FIPs.

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