Ocean Country Partnership Programme Scholarships Senegal

A unique opportunity for students from Senegal to undertake a fully funded Masters in marine science.

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The OCPP Scholarships Senegal, funded through the UK’s Blue Planet Fund, offer a unique opportunity for students from Senegal to undertake a fully funded Master’s in marine science. 

Aimed at early to mid-career researchers who are citizens of Senegal who wish to develop a career in marine science, the OCPP Scholarships Senegal will support world-class research in the discipline of marine science. 

Hosted by Université Iba Der THIAM de Thiès, the scholarships will enable students from Senegal to develop their technical knowledge, conduct vital research and help develop innovative 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, and strengthen responses to marine environmental challenges.  The scholarships will also make a positive and tangible impact on the livelihoods of coastal communities that depend on healthy marine ecosystems.

What does the scholarship include? 

Scholarships will be awarded to Masters students on a 2 year basis. Each successful recipient will be entitled to: 

  • Tuition fees
  • Living allowance
  • Research support grant
  • Disability and maternity costs (on a case-by-case basis)

Eligibility criteria  

  • Applicants for Master’s degrees should be citizens of and normally reside in Senegal
  • Should be working in or have experience of work in the areas of environment, fisheries or aquaculture science  
  • Should hold an undergraduate or bachelor’s-level degree 
  • Should provide an overview of their interest areas that could potentially lead on to future research topics
  • Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for postgraduate study at Université Iba Der THIAM de Thiès

Degree programmes 


  • Master in Engineering and Management of the Environment

With one of the following pathways to be selected in the second year of study:

Management of Natural Resources

Risks and Natural Disaster Management

Waste Management

The scholarships can facilitate a range of potential projects and research topics including but not limited to:

  • Marine protected areas
  • Compliance and enforcement in fisheries
  • Marine spatial planning
  • Coastal processes
  • Marine biodiversity
  • Marine pollution
  • Marine litter
  • Capture fisheries
  • Marine aquaculture
  • Nature-based solutions

How to apply 

Applications for the OCPP scholarships must be completed through the online application form on the ACU website 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. 

We strongly advise applicants to read all of the application guidance and FAQs carefully, before starting their application, and then complete all questions in full. 

Applications are now closed.

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More information  

Funded with UK aid from the UK government.

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