Training Opportunities at the Marine Institute


The Marine Institute's Bursar Programme is a well established work experience programme to help students to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application. Many students who have undertaken bursaries with the Marine Institute have successfully completed their degrees and have gone on to obtain employment in state laboratories, county councils, pharmaceutical companies, industry and in colleges.

We advertise Bursar opportunities annually in early February in Universities and Institutes of Technology throughout Ireland. They are aimed at undergraduates who have completed year three of their degree course.  Each bursary is for an eight week period with a stipend of €2,200 paid via payroll.

In 2014, the Marine Institute Bursar programme provided work experience for students from seven different third level Institutes and universities across Ireland, in a range of areas including:  fish and shellfish assessments and surveys, corporate communications, sampling salmon and commercial fisheries in ports, assessments of maritime economics and oceanographic technology development.
Speaking at the annual Bursar Programme Seminar, August 2014, Dr Peter Heffernan, CEO Marine Institute, said, “This year the students have clearly demonstrated the understanding and skills developed over the summer and I'm confident that this group of marine scientists will continue to ensure Ireland retains its high reputation in developing a strong marine sector."
It's encouraging to also see the students understand the value of engaging and promoting their work and the marine through story-telling and the use of imagery when giving presentations.   Developing these skills will help foster a deeper understanding of the value of the marine.”


The Cullen Fellowship Scheme aims to provide research training opportunities for scientists in marine and related disciplines leading to the acquisition of a higher degree while increasing the Marine Institute’s research capacity and introducing new science into the Marine Institute.

The Scheme provides fellowships to postgraduates to work on projects relevant to the Marine Institute whilst studying for a higher degree.

The Fellowships may be offered in all areas of Marine Institute research activity – food safety, marine technology, oceanography fisheries, shipping, statistics, marine economics, aquaculture and genetics.

Applications for Fellowships are made by full-time academic staff in third-level colleges in association with a Marine Institute research officer.

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