Women invited to apply for Cambridge seafood scholarship

To mark the occasion, the company’s charitable trusts are awarding a number of special grants and scholarships in 2022. Two Mark Quested Legacy “Fishmongers ‘750” scholarships will be awarded to “deserving, worthy, and underrepresented who study in particularly relevant fields. to the work of the Trusts”.

These particular scholarships are awarded in honor of Mark Quested, a benefactor of the company, who on his death in 1642 left explicit instructions on the awarding of scholarships to the University of Oxford or Cambridge . This year, a major scholarship will be awarded in each institution.

“We are particularly delighted with the opportunity presented by the Mark Quested ‘Fishmongers’ 750′ Seafood for Society Health Scholarship at the University of Cambridge, which has been developed in partnership with Dr Willer and Murray Edwards College. This is a great opportunity for a researcher from a disadvantaged background to take a master’s course she otherwise could not afford, and we hope she will make good use of a historical legacy to provide new insights. relevant to the modern world,” said Dr Eleanor Adamson, of fishmongers company.

About the scholarship

At a time of massive global population growth, coupled with the overconsumption of energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods, resulting in physical and mental health problems ranging from obesity to depression, this project aims to find new approaches to promote greater consumption of sustainable seafood for the health of society.

The student will be encouraged to identify an area of ​​research they are passionate about. Topics could range from methods to make sustainable nutritious seafood more appealing to people, to ways to make seafood more accessible to those who need it most, to the role of seafood in the mental health of youth.

For their research, the student will be based in the Zoology Department’s David Attenborough Building, which is part of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, which brings together leading biodiversity conservation NGOs with the University of Cambridge.

The student will be domiciled at Murray Edwards College, a college for women from diverse backgrounds who strive to reach their full potential and make a difference in the world. The student will be supervised by Dr. David Willer, who will provide personalized support on the project and access to a network of major industry and policy players to facilitate maximum research impact.

The student will receive funding to fully cover university costs (£9,111) as well as a maintenance allowance of £16,062. The student will be invited to a series of lectures, dinners and other free events organized by the Fishmongers’ Company. The student will have the option of applying for a small additional grant from the Fishmongers’ Company to support research activities.


  • Applicants should have (or expect to have by the start date) at least a good 2:1 undergraduate degree in the natural sciences or a related field such as geography or psychology.
  • Applicants must identify as female, which is a college requirement.

Information and applications

Course details

  • MPhil in Biological Sciences (Zoology)
  • Start date: January 5, 2023 (loan term 2023)
  • Supervisor: Dr David Willer / Pr David Aldridge

Aquaculture is an increasingly important source of safe, nutritious and sustainable seafood for people around the world. Globally, aquaculture production must double by 2030 to keep pace with demand. These increases in demand for aquaculture products, food security considerations and job creation have generated an increased need for skilled workers.

Find out how you can be part of this growing industry.

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