Ocean Country Partnership Programme Scholarships for South Pacific Students

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Students from the South Pacific countries with career aspirations around marine science or life in the ocean can leverage this unique scholarship opportunity offered by the Association of the Commonwealth Universities to pursue a master’s and PhD program at the university of south pacific.


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About the South Pacific Student Scholarships

Funded by the UK’s Blue Planet Fund, the Ocean Country Partnership Programme (OCPP) Scholarships provide a unique opportunity for students from the South Pacific to undertake a fully funded Master’s or Ph.D. in marine science.

It is known that oceans are essential to all life on Earth, underpinning livelihoods, food security, and cultural traditions for communities across the globe. However, the accumulation of marine pollution increasingly threatens fragile underwater ecosystems and has become one of the most pressing environmental issues of the present time. Institutions and their researchers have an important role to play in tackling marine pollution and creating solutions to enable the sustainable use of marine resources.


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The Ocean country partnership program scholarships are aimed at early to mid-career researchers from the Solomon Islands or Vanuatu who wish to develop a career in marine science. The award will support world-class research and innovation in the area of marine pollution. Applications will also be accepted for Ph.D. study from citizens of other Pacific Island countries.

This program is hosted by the University of the South Pacific, the scholarships will enable scholars from the South Pacific to harness their regional knowledge, conduct vital research, and help develop solutions to marine environmental problems. The aim of the scholarships is to support scientific research that will contribute to the conservation and sustainable management of marine resources. This first set of OCPP Scholarships will strengthen the capacity of partner countries in the South Pacific to tackle marine pollution, support the development of sustainable resource management and strengthen responses to marine environmental challenges.


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Eligible Degree Programmes in the South Pacific Marine Science Scholarships


Citizens of the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are eligible to apply for a Master’s in the following areas:

  • MA Environmental Management
  • MA Geography
  • MA Marine Management
  • Master of Agriculture
  • MSc Biology
  • MSc Chemistry
  • MSc Earth Science
  • MSc Environmental Science
  • MSc Geospatial Science
  • MSc Marine Science


Citizens of Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Tokelau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu are eligible to apply for a Ph.D. in the following areas, but only if their research is focused on or directly applicable to Vanuatu or the Solomon Islands:

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  • PhD Agriculture
  • PhD Biology
  • PhD Chemistry
  • PhD Earth Science
  • PhD Environmental Management
  • PhD Environmental Science
  • PhD Geography
  • PhD Marine Management
  • PhD Marine Science


Value of the South Pacific Student Ocean Science Scholarships

The South Pacific Students Scholarships will be awarded on an 18-month basis for Masters’ students and over 3 years for Ph.D. candidates.  Each successful recipient will be entitled to:

  • Full tuition fees
  • Living allowance


Eligibility For the South Pacific Student Marine Science Scholarships

To be considered for the South Pacific Scholarships for Masters or PhD, applicants must:

  • Applicants for Master’s should be citizens of, and normally resident in, the Solomon Islands or Vanuatu.
  • Applications will be accepted for PhD study from citizens of other Pacific Island countries (Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Tokelau, Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu), but only if their research is focused on or directly applicable to Vanuatu or the Solomon Islands.
  • Should be working in or have significant experience of work in the areas of environment, fisheries and aquaculture science.
  • Should hold an undergraduate or bachelor’s-level degree.
  • Should propose a research topic that is innovative, timely, and likely to lead to clearly demonstrated wider impact beyond the academic community.
  • Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for postgraduate study at the host University.


How to apply for the Ocean Science Scholarships

The scholarship is very competitive, therefore candidates are expected to submit a compelling application in order to stand a chance of winning the scholarship. See this guide to ace your application.

Applications must be completed through the online application form to be considered. If you don’t already have an ACU account, you will need to set one up by clicking ‘Get Started’, in the top right-hand corner of the application login page.  To however submit a convincing application, candidates are strongly advised to read all of the instructions and FAQs carefully before starting their application, and then complete all of the questions fully.


Application Deadline for South Pacific Student Scholarships

After getting all your application documents for the south pacific students’ scholarships for students with deep career interests in marine or ocean science, you are expected to submit your applications before 3 November 2022.

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