The Ocean Country Partnership Programme (OCPP) South Pacific Scholarships, funded through the UK’s Blue Planet Fund, offer a unique opportunity for students from the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to undertake a fully funded Master’s in marine science.
Aimed at early to mid-career researchers from the Solomon Islands or Vanuatu who wish to develop a career in marine science, the OCPP South Pacific scholarships will support world-class research and innovation in the area of marine science.
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, 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.
Scholarships will be awarded to Masters’ students. Each successful recipient will be entitled to:
OCPP Scholarships South Pacific students studying at the University of the South Pacific are expected to begin their studies in-person at one of USP’s campuses in the South Pacific region. For most courses this will be in Fiji. There is a possibility that some of the later part of the degree programme may be completed remotely from the student's home country, but this is dependent on the individual's research project.
Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for postgraduate study at the University of the South Pacific.
Should be working in or have significant experience of work in the areas of environment, fisheries and aquaculture science.
Citizens of the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are eligible to apply for a Master's in the following areas:
The scholarships can facilitate a range of potential projects and research topics including:
‘Indigenous Knowledge plays a critical role in enabling resilience and facilitating climate change adaptation for coastal communities in Vanuatu…The OCPP Scholarships enable our member countries in the South West Pacific to dig deep into the local level research that touches the hearts of those who are most vulnerable to the impact of climate change.’
OCPP Scholarships South Pacific PhD candidate, Allan Rarai
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.
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.
Funded with UK aid from the UK government.
Image credits (from top): Malaita Solomon Islands (c) Leocadio Sebastian, CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons. Image of Solomon Shoreline (c) Alex DeCiccio, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.Back to main OCPP scholarships page