Marine Stewardship Council launches student scholarship research program

2012 03 10

Undergraduate and postgraduate students of environmental and fisheries science will be able to further their studies with the assistance of a new scholarship research program, launched today.

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) will award one travel and study scholarship annually, up to the value of £4000. The scholarship program is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students worldwide.

To qualify for consideration, projects will have as their objective the study of some aspect of environmental improvement, performance or best practice in fisheries management, or fish product supply chain management. This may be direct study of one particular fishery or a comparative study of fisheries problems or management. Direct linkage to a fishery certified or wishing to become certified by the MSC is not a requirement, although this is an additional point of interest for the MSC.  The project must be completed within 12 months of the start date stated on the application form, and the final project report must be submitted within 15 months of the start date.

MSC standards director, David Agnew said: “The new MSC scholarship will complement our existing program of extensive scientific research. We already fund a number of research projects each year to inform our policy development, monitor our performance and measure the environmental impacts of MSC certified fisheries. This scholarship program will fund research of direct interest to the MSC and research that goes beyond the immediate requirements for policy development. We hope to encourage research on a wide range of fisheries topics in both developing and developed countries. Thus its aim is to not only provide recipients with an excellent career opportunity, but to contribute to the wider global research effort on fisheries. ”

The closing date for applications is Monday 23rd April 2012.

Further information, frequently asked questions and the application form can be found at

Source MSC

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