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Kvarøy Arctic offers two $10,000 scholarships for women in aquaculture

March 30, 2021
By ANA staff

Kvarøy Arctic CEO Alf-Gøran Knutsen with 2020 Women in Aquaculture Scholarship recipient Marwa Mechlaoui (Photo: Kvarøy Arctic)

Starting April 13, Kvarøy Arctic will be accepting applications for its second annual Women in Aquaculture scholarship.

The scholarship, hosted in partnership with Seafood and Gender Equality (SAGE), will provide two female undergraduate or graduate students with a US$10,000 stipend and a paid, one-month summer internship at Kvarøy Arctic’s Norway farm site.

Two scholarships are available this year for one applicant from any country and a second applicant from countries in Africa.

“We started this scholarship program at the beginning of 2020 because we recognize it’s harder for women to break into the farm-level operations of aquaculture globally,” says Kvarøy Arctic CEO Alf-Gøran Knutsen. “The pandemic delayed our plans for last year’s recipients to join us on the farm but not our dedication to supporting them in their career development and to continuing this program.”


Recipients will be welcomed to continue their internship each year they are in school, and will be considered for employment upon graduation.

The inaugural program hosted with the James Beard Foundation received a swell of applications motivating Kvarøy Arctic to go beyond its plan to award one scholarship. Scholarships were awarded to three women in 2020, from Tunisia, South Africa and the United States.

SAGE is committed to building an inclusive, diverse, and equitable seafood industry that attracts new talent, ready to move the industry into a bright, post-pandemic future. This scholarship Kvaroy Arctic’s like-minded mission to SAGE’s purpose,” said SAGE Founding Director Julie Kuchepatov.

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3 Comments » for Kvarøy Arctic offers two $10,000 scholarships for women in aquaculture
  1. Noushin Arfatahery says:

    My name is Noushin Arfatahery, and I am very interested in becoming involved in research in marine microbiology and infectious disease in the aquaculture Subjects Area. I am a Ph.D. student at Freie University in Berlin Germany, Charite Hospital (Molecular Microbiology), and Alfred Wagner Institute in North sea.
    I have reviewed your Institute profile and am interested in marine microbiology research.

    I have taken Courses and Additional Experiences. My goal is to study The emergence of antimicrobial resistance toward a number of conventional antibiotics that have triggered the search for antimicrobial agents from a variety of sources including the marine environment. For my first chapter, I studied the antibacterial activity of sea cucumber against bacteria. My Supervisor is Prof. Jens Rolff.

    I would like to get involved in research in this area because it will help me to better prepare for Goals. My research period time will take 21 days.
    -Noushin Arfatahery ,et al ,Characterization of Toxin Genes and Antimicrobial Susceptibility of Staphylococcus aureus Isolates in Fishery Products in Iran. Scientific Reports 6, Article number: 34216 (2016) doi:10.1038/srep34216 .

    – Noushin Arfatahery ,et al ,Study of the prevalence of Staphylococcus aureus in marine and farmed shrimps in Iran aiming the future development of a prophylactic vaccine, (Science Direct Available online at Procedia in Vaccinology 9 ( 2015 ) 44 – 49

    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Noushin Arfatahery
    PhD Student – Rolff Group
    Freie Universität Berlin
    Institut für Biologie/Evolutionsbiologie

  2. Noushin Arfatehry says:

    Dear Adviser,
    I sent a message,
    Please advise how can I register for Kvarøy Arctic offers two $10,000 scholarships for women in aquaculture?

    Best regards,
    Noushin Arfatahery

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