Ocean Country Partnership Programme (OCPP) Scholarships in UK

Starting in 2022, there will be a fully funded master’s or PhD in Marine Science available for students from G20 countries. Apply for the OCPP Scholarships offered by the Association of Commonwealth Universities and start your higher education journey in the United Kingdom.

Scholarship Details: UK‡s Blue Planet Fund is opening an application pathway for students from the United States and Pacific Islands who are willing to undertake a PhD or Master‡s study in Marine Science through a Commonwealth Host University. The scholarship program will cover tuition fees, living allowances, travel grants and research support.

ACU is the world’s first and oldest international university network. Founded in 1913, ACU today has over 500 member universities in 50 countries across the Commonwealth (ACU covers 66% of its members are in low- and middle-income countries). This includes more than 10 million students and 1 million faculty and staff.

Application Deadline:  The application process is ongoing and will close on 3rd November 2022. 

Brief Description

  • University or Organization: Association of Commonwealth Universities
  • Department: NA 
  • Course Level: Masters or PhD 
  • Awards: Tuition fee and other benefits 
  • Number of Awards: NA 
  • Access Mode: Online 
  • Nationality: International 
  • The award can be taken in the United Kingdom. 


  • Eligible Countries: Students from the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Tokelau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Tuvalu are eligible to apply. 
  • Eligible Course or Subjects: PhD Agriculture, PhD Biology, PhD Chemistry, PhD Earth Science, PhD Environmental Management, PhD Environmental Science, PhD Geography, PhD Marine Management, PhD Marine Science, MA Environmental Management, MA Geography, MA Marine Management, Master of Agriculture, MSc Biology, MSc Chemistry, MSc Earth Science, MSc Environmental Science, MSc Geospatial Science, or MSc Marine Science programmes at a host university can be applied for. 
  • Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible, the applicants must meet all the following/given criteria:
  • The applicants for Master‡s should be citizens of, and normally resident in, the Solomon Islands or Vanuatu.
  • The applicants for PhD should be citizens of other Pacific Island countries (Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Tokelau, Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu). 
  • The applicants should be working in or have significant experience of work in the areas of environment, fisheries and aquaculture science.
  • The applicants should propose a research topic which is innovative, timely, and likely to lead to a clearly demonstrated wider impact beyond the academic community.

How to Apply

  • How to Apply: Admission applications must be made on the host university‡s application portal. The application can be made online by logging in here
  • Supporting Documents: The students are required to present the following documents to the university:
  • Plan of study
  • Impact and Policy
  • Personal Development
  • Communicating Research
  • Admission Requirements: The applicants should hold an undergraduate or bachelor‡s-level degree, and the applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for postgraduate study at the host University. 
  • Language Requirement: The students must meet the language requirements of their host requirements. IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, etc., are widely accepted across British universities. 


The Association of Commonwealth Universities will award the selected candidates the following benefits for 18 months or three years for master’s or PhD, respectively: 

  • 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)

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