Scholarships Merit-based Need-based
The Association of Commonwealth Universities

The Ocean Country Partnership Programme (OCPP) Scholarships

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Various benefits
2 countries
Not specified
Application deadline


The Ocean Country Partnership Programme (OCPP) Scholarships, funded through the UK’s Blue Planet Fund, offer a unique opportunity for students from the South Pacific to undertake a fully funded Master’s or PhD in marine science.



Scholarship type

Merit and need based

Number of scholarships to award



Full tuition waiver + other benefits

Scholarship coverage

  • tuition fee reduction
  • living expenses
  • travel expenses
  • other


Our oceans are vital 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 our time.

Universities and the people who research within them, have a vital role to play in tackling marine pollution and creating solutions to enable the sustainable use of marine resources.

Aimed at early to mid-career researchers from the Solomon Islands or Vanuatu who wish to develop a career in marine science, the OCPP scholarships will support world-class research and innovation in the area of marine pollution. Applications will also be accepted for PhD study from citizens of other Pacific Island countries.

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.

Applicable programmes


Scholarships will be awarded on an 18-month basis for Masters’ students and over 3 years for PhD candidates.  Each successful recipient will be entitled to:

Tuition fees (including general fees and health fees)

Living allowance

Research support grant

Travel grant (case by case basis)

Dependent, disability and maternity costs (case by case basis)


  • 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 which 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.

Scholarship requirements




2 countries



Study experience required





Application deadline

Not specified

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.


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