National Oceanography Centre opens applications for West P&I Science Bursary

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has opened applications for a new Science Bursary in partnership with West P&I Club. Over the next decade the West P&I Seagoing 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.

Due to Covid-19, the 2021 bursary experience will take place virtually, consisting of two exclusive NOC workshops in May 2021, followed by a six-month mentorship with a NOC scientist specialising in the area of interest to the applicant. The workshops will include a 3D tour of RRS Discovery and an opportunity to engage with a range of NOC scientists, including hearing about their experiences, careers, and research. All recipients of the virtual bursary will receive a completion certificate and priority access to NOC’s 2022 sea-going bursary application process.

Professor Penny Holliday, Associate Head of Marine Physics and Ocean Climate at NOC and leader of the bursary partnership said: “This is an exciting opportunity for the future generation of marine scientists and oceanographers to gain experience in sea-going science. Research at sea and supporting the education and training of scientists, engineers, and marine professionals, especially at postgraduate level, is at the core of our mission as a charity. We are delighted to welcome the first intake of students for the bursary later this year, marking the start of a ten-year partnership with West P&I.

“While this year’s format will offer a virtual experience, participants will work with the NOC’s leading scientists and experts who are at the forefront of oceanography and marine sciences.”

The bursary has been made available by West of England P&I Club, a leading insurance provider to the global maritime industry, through the establishment of a long-term charity programme to mark its 150th anniversary year.

The 2021 bursary is available for five applicants following successful completion of the competitive application process.

Application process:

The deadline for applications is 9th April 2021. For more information and the application form please visit: