NOC opens applications for West P&I Science Bursary

Adeola Dahunsi and Selasi Yao Avornyo (students in last year’s bursary programme) with NOC's Dr Ben Moat

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has opened applications for their Science Bursary in partnership with West P&I Club.

Throughout the Decade of Ocean Science (2021–2030), the West P&I Science Bursary will provide financial support for individuals in the fields of marine science or oceanography aiming to gain practical experience of sea-going science. The bursary is available to postgraduate students and early career researchers involved in the fields and to individuals from developing countries who are keen to become involved.

The bursary will take place in two parts. Five individuals will be chosen to take part in the first element of this bursary, a virtual mentoring programme consisting of an exclusive NOC workshop in November 2023 followed by six months of support and mentoring meetings. The workshop will include a 3D tour of RRS Discovery and an opportunity to engage with a range of NOC scientists. Participants will hear about their experiences, careers and current research and have the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas. All recipients of the virtual bursary will receive a completion certificate.

Two of the five chosen applicants will then be selected for the second part of this bursary and will gain practical experience of ship borne science, joining a research expedition in 2024 alongside NOC crew. This bursary will provide the financial support needed for travel in order for participants to take part. The two recipients of this unique opportunity will be selected once the virtual mentoring programme has begun.

This bursary has been made available through the generous support of West P&I Club, a leading insurance provider to the global maritime industry.

Hear from the participants of last year’s bursary.

The 2023/24 bursary is available for five applicants following successful completion of the competitive application process.

The deadline for applications is 20 October 2023.

Get more information and the application form