Fisheries Society of the British Isles


The FSBI supports research in the fields of fish biology and fisheries science through the award of a range of research grants, studentships, internships and travel scholarships. We have schemes that are designed to support researchers at all stages of their career, from undergraduate through to post-retirement. Please click on the links below to find out more information on each of our funding schemes.



The FSBI holds an annual competition open to any undergraduate student wishing to apply for an summer internship. The internship provides successful applicants with a stipend to cover living expenses and a contribution towards research costs whilst carrying out a summer research project at a nominated host institution.

PhD Studentships


The FSBI holds an annual competition that is open to any member of the Society wishing to undertake a course of postgraduate study leading to the award of a PhD degree. Studentships must be held at a degree awarding institution within the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland. Funding rates are based on the standard NERC stipend plus a £1000 supplement, and include an annual £2500 contribution to consumable costs.

Travel Grants


The FSBI offers the opportunity for its members to apply on a competitive basis for financial assistance in support of travel to conferences (other than the FSBI annual conference), and associated scientific exchange visits that are consistent with the Society’s objectives.

Small Research Grants


The FSBI funds a number of small research projects each year to support members of the Society to undertake novel research into any aspect of fish biology and fisheries science that is relevant to the Society’s objectives. Applicants can bid for up to £5,000 to support their projects.

Wyn Wheeler research grant


The aim of this funding is to provide retired members of the Society with financial support for continued activity in fish biology. This grant is named in honour of one of the Society's founders, Alwyne Wheeler, who pursued his interests in fish biology – and continued to make significant impacts – long after retirement. Applicants can bid for up to £6000 to support their projects.

FSBI Sponsorship


In addition to the other modes of funding, the FSBI will also consider applications for financial support of other activities or initiatives that support or promote the Society’s objectives. Please contact the Secretary if you feel we may be able to help. Please note that the Society does not fund attendance on personal training courses or accreditation.

Case study: My FSBI Internship

We will feature case studies on Internships in due course.