The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) are delighted to today announce the creation of up to 12 fully funded Ocean Country Partnership Programme (OCPP) Scholarships for students from Pacific island countries.
Receiving funding through the UK’s £500 million Blue Planet Fund, the scholarships are open to students from the South Pacific wishing to undertake a Master’s or PhD and develop a career in marine science.
Hosted by the University of the South Pacific (USP), this first set of scholarships will focus on tackling marine pollution, enabling scholars to undertake world-class research and innovation in this area.
The OCPP Scholarships will enable scholars from the South Pacific to harness their on-the-ground knowledge, conduct vital research and help develop local solutions to local marine environmental problems.
The scholarships aim to stimulate scientific research that contributes to knowledge and evidence generation for the conservation and sustainable management of marine resources. The scholarships will also strengthen the capacity of OCPP priority countries in the South Pacific to tackle marine pollution, support the development of sustainable resource management and strengthen responses to the environmental crises of our times.
The OCPP Scholarships are the first collaboration between the ACU and Cefas following the signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in May 2022, formalising their partnership on research capacity strengthening activities in the areas of environmental science. The ACU has been appointed to administer the OCPP Scholarships on behalf of Cefas.