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Cullen Scholarship Programme

The Cullen Scholarship Programme provides Scolarships to postgraduates to work on projects relevant to the Marine Institute whilst studying for a higher degree. The Scholarships are offered in all areas of Marine Institute research activity with Cullen Scholars generally based at a Marine Institute location under the guidance of their Marine Institute supervisor while attending all academic modules at their Higher Education Institutes.  The Programme builds marine research capacity and capability by equipping graduates with the skills and expertise in raising awareness about our ocean, as well as Ireland’s rich marine biodiversity and ecosystems. The objectives of the Programme are:

  • To provide research training opportunities for scientists in marine and related disciplines leading to the acquisition of a higher degree;
  • To facilitate liaison between the Marine Institute's applied research programme and the more basic or fundamental investigations in the third-level sector, particularly in 'new science' areas;
  • To increase the Marine Institute's research capacity.

Applications for Cullen Scholarships are submitted by academic staff in Higher Education Institutes in collaboration with Marine Institute researchers. Call details are published on the Marine Institute website under Current Funding Opportunities.

The programme has provided grant aid to the value of €2.9 million supporting 31 PhD and three MSc students from 2014 to 2020. The research addresses a number of the 15 research themes identified in the National Marine Research & Innovation Strategy 2017-2021.

Further details of individual Scholarships awarded under the Programme are available on the following link which is searchable by Year Awarded: Cullen Scholarships Awarded to date.

This scheme is funded by the Marine Institute under the Marine Research Programme with the support of the Irish Government. Please contact funding [at] marine [dot] ie for further information on this Programme.

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