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One Masters cholarship - Small-Scale fisheries in Tanzania



The Global Partnership for Small-Scale Fisheries Research known as Too Big to Ignore (TBTI) is a research network and information mobilization partnership established to: (a) enhance the understanding of the real contribution of small-scale fisheries to food security, nutrition, sustaining livelihoods, poverty alleviation, wealth generation and trade, as well as the impacts and implications of global change processes such as urbanization, globalization, migration, climate change, aquaculture, and communication technology on small-scale fisheries; and (b) create an innovative and interactive web platform, an Information System for Small-scale Fisheries (ISSF), for global and local analysis of small-scale fisheries and their contributions to the broader society.

The African region of the network is recruiting a Tanzania for a masters program, to be undertaken in a Canadian University, preferably Memorial University (St. John’s), University of Manitoba (Winnipeg) or University of British Columbia (Vancouver). The prospective student will carry out a research study related to any one of the areas listed below:

  • Impacts and implications of global change processes (urbanization, globalization, migration, climate change, ICT on fisher livelihoods, poverty, gender, food security and their futures).
  • Economic viability of small-scale fisheries and their resilience to large scale processes.
  • Contribution of small-scale fisheries to development processes
     - Food security, nutrition, trade, market chain, livelihoods, value added, poverty reduction
  • Successes and failures of different governance approaches
  • Understanding the dynamics of multi-species/multi-gear fisheries and how to manage them in the context of Tanzania
     - Bridging the gap between national fisheries department management processes and community-based management processes
     - Understanding the impacts of different management measures and ensuring that they are appropriate to the context


We seek a highly motivated person holding a Bachelors Degree in Economics, Geography, Sociology, Anthropology, and Fisheries Science. Candidates withknowledge and or experience of Tanzania fisheries will be preferred.

The candidate must write and speak English fluently. The candidate will be required to meet the minimum admission requirements for a Canadian University and will be expected to complete his/her program in two years. In addition to the research thesis, the candidate will also be expected to disseminate the research findings at conferences and in written form (e.g., peer-reviewed journal articles).

Interested persons are advised to visit the website of the three universities to check about the admission requirements and deadlines.

Personality traits

  • Ability to communicate (verbally and written) with a multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, and be highly responsible
  • Analytical and creative skills


The successful candidate will receive a graduate fellowship of about $15,000 per year for two years, starting in September 2013. The fellowship is meant to be used for tuition, living expenses and field research. If additional funding for research is required, it is the responsibility of the student to secure it through other means. Some universities have funding support for students to travel to conduct and/or present their research. Note that the candidate will be responsible for his/her own transportation to the selected university.

Further information

Interested candidates who meet these requirements should send CV, transcripts, name and contact information of three referees, and research statement (maximum 2 pages) to:

Dr. Paul O. Onyango (onyango_paul@udsm.ac.tz) Co-Regional Coordinator TBTI Africa, University of Dar es Salaam and Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee (ratana@mun.ca) TBTI Project Director, Memorial University, St. John’s.

Application received by January 15, 2013 will receive priority consideration. Skype interviews with short-listed candidates will take place in January 2013.

More information about TBTI can be found at: www.toobigtoignore.net