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Marine Scholarships

Applications are invited for suitably qualified Marshall Island candidates for a Graduate Scholarship to undertake a Master’s Degree by research at the University of the South Pacific (USP).

Two awards are tenable from early 2019 and will be based in Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji. The research will involve field work and data analysis on Marshall Islands coastal ecosystems and pollution.

Research Areas

Preference will be given to students with a strong interest in coastal ecosystems/ecology and marine pollution. Previous experience in coastal ecosystems research and a willingness to start work as soon as possible would be beneficial.

Benefits and Conditions

The scholarship award will comprise the following:

  • Tuition fees (paid directly)
  • Book allowance of up to FJD750/year
  • General Services fees paid directly
  • Health Services fees paid directly
  • Living allowance of FJD21,600 p.a. for Masters students
  • Dependents Allowance of FJD10,883 p.a.for qualifying awardees
  • Establishment Allowance of FJD1,942 forqualifying awardees
  • Research grant – only after the research plan and budget have been approved by the appropriate Research Committee
  • One return airfare when the person receiving the award has to travel to Marshall Islands for field work.

Scholarship Conditions

These scholarships are for full-time study only. Awardees are not permitted to be in paid employment during the tenure of their awards. Scholarship holders will also be expected to contribute to ongoing teaching in their respective faculties for a maximum of eight hours per week only during semester time.


Applicants must be citizens of the Marshall Islands and have completed a Postgraduate Diploma with a grade point average [GPA] of 3.0 or above. 

The application must include:

  1. Completed Applicant Detail Form
  2. Cover letter or a letter of application
  3. An outline of proposed research topic*
  4. Curriculum vitae
  5. Name and contact details of three referees
  6. Certified true copies of relevant transcripts and certificates
  7. Proof of citizenship

*Applicants may discuss their applications with a potential supervisor. 

An Applicant Checklist is provided to aid the applicant, and must be submitted with the application.

Please Note:

  • Applicants must enrol in their respective faculties; the scholarship does not guarantee a place in the faculty.

Closing date 10th December, 2018

Completed applications can be sent to: 

Research Student Coordinator

Ms Anushka Maharaj
Research Office
The University of the South Pacific
Phone: (+679) 323 1888
Fax:  (+679) 323 1504
or Email: research@usp.ac.fj [preferred]