Graduate Students

Graduate students conduct exciting and original research at BMSC.

The graduate student population at BMSC is composed of a diverse group of individuals from the five member universities, and from universities around the world. Our numbers are at the peak during the summer months, but there are generally graduate students on station year round.

See our Researcher profiles.


Graduate Student Awards, Scholarships & Teaching Assistantships

BMSC will once again be offering graduate awards, scholarships and bursaries for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

The deadline this year is 4 pm 1 March, 2017.

We anticipate decisions to be made before the end of March. Please submit applications electronically as a single *.PDF file to director@bamfieldmsc.com .

The file should be named SurnameBMSC2017.pdf

Dr. Brad Anholt,
 Director 

WCUMSS Graduate Student Awards

WCUMSS Graduate Student Awards

The purpose of these awards is to encourage Ph.D. and M.Sc. candidates to take advantage of the research opportunities at BMSC, particularly in the period between September and April. For 2016-2017 there will be one fellowship of $6000 and several awards of $1500. Only in exceptional circumstances will awards be considered for the May-August period.

In the case of the $6000 fellowship, the graduate student must reside at Bamfield for a four month period, between September and April, and may not teach or hold a major scholarship during this period. Graduate student supervisors are expected to assume responsibility for meeting the direct costs of the student’s research including fees for research space, supplies, technical assistance, travel costs etc. Only students that can meet the residency requirements will receive awards. Awards must be taken up in the year they are awarded. Scholarship monies will be paid out after the student takes up residence.

Bursaries & Scholarships

Special Bursaries and Scholarships

*Richard Peter Graduate Student Publication Award*
This award honours the memory of Dr. Richard Peter. The Richard Peter Award was established in the summer of 2007 by the BMSC Graduate Student Society to reward timely publication of graduate research conducted at BMSC. The recipient will be determined by an award committee of professors from the member universities. This award is funded by the BMSC Graduate Student Society and is subject to available funds.

F.W. Benton Memorial Bursary
This bursary, based on financial need, is available to University of Victoria research students, and honours the memory of Frank William Benton, an ardent conservationist and sportsman, who devoted many years of effort to the preservation of the wilderness and its creatures. Application should be made to the Chair of Biology.

Sigurd Tveit Memorial Scholarships
This award honours the memory of Sigurd Tveit. For many years Capt. and Mrs. Tveit provided students and scientists with assistance in collecting marine specimens from the waters of Barkley Sound, using their vessels, “Leik” and “Havorn”. Later, Sigurd captained the BMSC research vessel, the M.V. Alta. An award of $1500 will be made in 2016 – 2017.

John Boom Memorial Scholarship
This award was established by the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre to honour the memory and contributions of Mr. John Boom. It is awarded annually to graduate students from member universities who plan to work at BMSC for a minimum of four months and who demonstrate an ability to work independently and shows initiative and innovation in their research. Preference will be given to students working at BMSC from Sept to April. Students may hold teaching or research assistantships or other awards, as supplementary support during a period of research and residence at the Centre. In 2016 $1500 will be awarded.

How to apply for awards, bursaries and scholarships

How to apply for graduate student awards, bursaries and scholarships

Download the fillable application form (.doc) and email as instructed.


The application deadline is 1 March, 2017, 4pm.

Please submit your application electronically as a single *.PDF file to the Director. The file should be named SurnameBMSC2017.pdf


Applications from candidates who have previously received a scholarship must include a progress report. Note: you must submit a separate email application for the Richard Peter Graduate Student Publication Award.

BMSC Graduate Student Awards may held for two successive years for MSc candidates and up to three successive years for PhD candidates, both based on continuing satisfactory performance.

Before BMSC graduate student financial assistance awards are made, assurance on the following points will be sought from the student’s research supervisor:

  • Proposed research at BMSC is acceptable to the supervisory committee
  • Adequate personal support (primary post-graduate award) is available for living in Bamfield
  • Adequate financial support will be available to meet the direct costs of thesis research at BMSC
  • Regular supervisory arrangements will be made

Note: you must submit a separate email application for the Richard Peter Graduate Student Publication Award.

Dr. Brad Anholt,
Director, BMSC

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships at BMSC

Suitable qualified graduate students are invited to contact the University Programs Coordinator regarding the availability of teaching assistantships.

During the Summer Program, 3 and 6 week teaching assistantships are available between late April and the end of August each year.

During the Fall Program, one TA is required for each of the three 4 week structured courses (Ecological Adaptations of Seaweeds, Structure and Function in Animals, and Marine Population Ecology and Dynamics) and there is a long term TA positions for the Directed Studies course.

See the website for details

Click here for more information and application details for TAships at BMSC.