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Marine Institute SMART Research Vessel Bursaries 2021

The Marine Institute in collaboration with the Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (SMART) is offering up to 20 bursaries on dedicated FEAS surveys in 2021 on the Celtic Explorer and Celtic Voyager.

Bursaries at present include groundfish and acoustic surveys between February and December 2020 in waters around Ireland. In the event that more survey opportunities become available this call will be updated.

Bursaries are valued at a fixed rate of €95 per survey night and successful applicants will be fully integrated into the survey work programme and make an important contribution to achieving the survey goals. This is a unique opportunity for learning and mentoring in offshore data collection skills and practice.

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 be able to demonstrate some prior sea going experience.

Please note ENG11 medical certificates must be renewed every two years and PST certification renewed every five years. Information on obtaining medical and sea-survival certificates are available at the Marine Institute's Vessel User Information page.

COVID 19 Bursaries are subject to COVID 19 contingencies. Shortlisted applicants must demonstrate capacity to adhere to HSE public health advice for preventing the transmission of COVID 19. Prior to joining a survey successful applicants will agree to comply with P&O Maritime and Maritime pre-survey protocols for a period of 14 days and undergo COVID 19 testing before the start of the survey.

Advantages of Participating in Research Vessel Bursaries

  • Gain seagoing experience

  • Work with a team of experienced marine scientists on a dedicated research survey

  • Learn multidisciplinary and topic specific field skills and competencies

  • Gain recognition for Continuous Professional Development in marine science

  • Establish new professional contacts and develop networks



Applications are invited from graduates, postgraduates, early stage researchers and practitioners from Higher Education Institutes, Research Agencies and Marine related enterprises across the Island of Ireland. 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 email Read participant's blogs at

Marine Institute

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) builds capacity in offshore research, monitoring and resource management 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).

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