The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Commonwealth Blue Charter Fellowship 2019/2020 (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: June 16th 2019.

The Commonwealth Blue Charter affirms our collective commitment to preserving and nurturing the world’s oceans. Part of this includes tackling marine pollution – specifically the issue of marine plastics, which are drastically affecting the health of our oceans, marine life, and the Blue Economy.

As part of the Commonwealth Marine Plastics Research & Innovation Framework (MPRIF),through generous funding from Waitrose & Partners, the ACU is launching a second round of our Blue Charter Fellowship Programme that will provide 10 academic fellows with placements of up to 6-months at ACU member universities across the Commonwealth, as well as in industry.

These fellowships will support world-class research and innovation in marine plastics, and help fulfil the objectives of the MPRIF.

Research and research translation areas will cover the broad area of marine plastics, specifically the following priority areas of the MPRIF:

  • preventing plastics from getting into the sea
  • developing alternatives to plastics
  • the potential for cleaning up the seas


Applicants must be Post-PhD research staff or PhD students at ACU member institutions in any Commonwealth country.

Applications from early career researchers (ECRs) are particularly welcomed. Early career is defined as current PhD students, researchers up to 10 years post-PhD, and also researchers who are returning to academic work following a career break.

Applicants from any discipline will be considered, as long as they can demonstrate how their work relates to one or more of the three areas outlined above.

The fellowship must take place at an ACU member institution, or in industry, outside the fellow’s country of residence. A list of institutions and supervisors who have expressed interest in hosting a Fellow is available on the Host Institutions page.

Fellows are expected to be highly skilled and motivated researchers whose proposed research topic is innovative, timely, and likely to lead to wider impact beyond the academic community.

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