GMIT Marine Institute Bursaries 2020 Call

Gerry O'Sullivan

Posted: 4 February, 2020

Marine Institute SMART Research Vessel Bursaries 2020

The Marine Institute at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in collaboration with the Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (SMART) is offering 22 bursaries on dedicated FEAS surveys in 2020 on the Celtic Explorer and Celtic Voyager.

Successful applicants will receive a “Student at Sea Bursary” at a fixed rate of €95 per survey night. Participants will receive hands on training in data collection and sampling techniques, be fully integrated into the survey work programme and make an important contribution to achieving the survey goals. In so doing they gain valuable sea going experience and assist the Marine Institute in building the necessary capacity for offshore research and monitoring.


Surveys addressed by the bursaries include:

  • CE20004 Irish Anglerfish and Megrim Survey Leg 1: 23 February to 6 March
  • CE20004 Irish Anglerfish and Megrim Survey Leg 2: 6 to 18 March
  • CE20006 Irish Anglerfish and Megrim Survey Leg 3: 11 to 20 April
  • CE20008 Western Edge Small Pelagics Acoustic Survey Leg 1: 9 to 29 June
  • CE20008 Western Edge Small Pelagics Acoustic Survey Leg 2: 29 June to 20 July
  • CV20017 Celtic Sea 1 Nephrops UWTV Survey: 9 to 19 July
  • CV20019 Celtic Sea 2 Nephrops UWTV Survey: 8 to 18 August
  • CE20012 Celtic Sea Herring Acoustic Survey Leg 1: 4 to 14 October
  • CE20012 Celtic Sea Herring Acoustic Survey Leg 2: 14 to 24 October
  • CE20013 Irish Ground Fish Survey 2020 Leg 1: 25 October to 5 November
  • CE20013 Irish Ground Fish Survey 2020 Leg 2: 5 to 15 November
  • CE20013 Irish Ground Fish Survey 2020 Leg 3: 15 to 25 November
  • CE20013 Irish Ground Fish Survey 2020 Leg 4: 26 November to 10 December

Advantages of Participating in Research Vessel Bursaries 

  • Gain seagoing experience
  • Integration in a team of experienced marine scientists on a dedicated research survey
  • Learn multidisciplinary and topic specific field skills and competencies
  • Recognition for Continuous Professional Development in marine science
  • Establish new professional contacts and develop networks

Requirements for Participation

  • Applicants should be marine oriented graduates, postgraduates, researchers or practitioners in marine oriented enterprises.
  • Applicants must hold current ENG11 medical and Personal Survival Techniques (PST STCW95) certificates.
  • Applicants should have some prior sea going experience.

Participation in surveys is by agreement with the survey Chief Scientist.


Applications to join the SMART Marine Institute Research Vessel Bursaries 2020 are through the online application form here.

Further Information

For further information about any aspect of the programme please contact

Marine Institute

The Marine Institute is the national agency responsible for Marine Research, Technology Development and Innovation (RTDI). The Marine Institute seeks to assess and realise the economic potential of Ireland’s 220 million acre marine resource; promote the sustainable development of marine industry through strategic funding programmes and essential scientific services; and safeguard our marine environment through research and environmental monitoring.

The Institute was set up under the 1991 Marine Institute Act with the following general functions:

“to undertake, to co-ordinate, to promote and to assist in marine research and development and to provide such services related to marine research and development, that in the opinion of the Institute will promote economic development and create employment and protect the environment. ” – Marine Institute Act, 1991.


The Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (SMART) is a marine science partnership that builds capacity in offshore research, monitoring and resource development by providing structured research vessel access to students, researchers and marine oriented professionals.  Key academic and research partners within the alliance include Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), INFORMAR, NUI Galway, University College Cork (UCC), Maynooth University and the Marine Institute. SMART is based in GMIT at the Marine and Freshwater Research Centre (MFRC).

Grant-aided shiptime is carried out under the Strategic Marine Research & Innovation Agenda of the Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland (Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth) under the Marine Research sub-programme of the Irish Government.

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