The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is currently accepting applications for Student Research Grants to support postgraduate students around the world who are studying fisheries science.
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.
Travel and project support up to a limit of £5,000. Funds can be used for travel, accommodation, essential fixed assets (up to £250 to cover essential assets such as a computer, software etc.) and the hire or purchase of essential equipment, however, cannot be used to cover salary costs.
What kind of projects will the SRG fund?
- Projects must be no longer than 12 months (or up to 18 months in exceptional circumstances) and linked to Performance Indicators within the MSC Fisheries Standard in relation to a specific fishery.
- Projects within scope of SRG include:
- Data or information collection needed in the fishery partner to address gaps raised in an improvement or client action plan.
- Research to improve understanding of an ecosystem component interacting with the fishery partner.
- Research to improve information available on the target species in the fishery partner.
- Research and analysis to support documentation that might be required by the fishery partner to demonstrate its performance against the MSC Fisheries Standard.
- Applicants are advised to speak to the fishery, ITM Project Manager or FIP implementer to find out information on improvement actions that can benefit from research support. Details of such contacts can be found on MSC’s Track a Fishery database (for certified fisheries) and Fishery Progress (for non-certified fisheries).
- Current Master’s or PhD students of fisheries science (or undergraduates who have secured a postgraduate position and will be in post by the time of the project). Integrated Master’s students are eligible to apply during their final year only. The fund is open to students worldwide.
- 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 fishery must be MSC certified, in the ITM Program, a stage 4 pathway project fishery, or a comprehensive FIP. For information on eligible fisheries or to confirm the status of one.
For more information, visit https://www.msc.org/what-we-are-doing/science-and-research/student-research-grant