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Kvarøy Arctic invites applications for $10,000 women in aquaculture scholarship

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Norwegian salmon producer Kvarøy Arctic, is inviting applications for its fourth global women in aquaculture scholarship programme.

One of Kvarøy Arctic's salmon farms

The company prides itself on its progressive ethos © AKVA

Since the beginning of the initiative, over 1,000 women from more than 55 countries have applied for the annual scholarship, which supports the further education, research, and career development of a woman in the field of aquaculture.

The programme will provide a $10,000 fund for education and scientific research for one recipient. The application process is open until the 1st of July and women from all around the world are invited to apply.

Launched in 2020, the scholarship's objective is to educate women about the future of food systems and the significance of sustainable aquaculture within it. To ensure fair allocation of the scholarship, Kvarøy Arctic has invited women who are already transforming the state of aquaculture to join the scholarship committee. Julie Kuchepatov from Seafood and Gender Equality (SAGE) together with Kvarøy Artic’s management team oversee the annual scholarship.

“For three years, SAGE has proudly supported Kvaroy Arctic’s Women in Aquaculture scholarship programme, and we are excited to continue this effort in 2023. We cannot overstate the importance of this programme which helps to usher in the next generation of women who are ready, willing, and able to lead the aquaculture sector into a bright, blue future," explains Kuchepatov, who founded the non-profit with the goal to work towards a more diverse, inclusive, ethical, and sustainable seafood industry.

“Empowering women in aquaculture is not just a moral imperative, it's an economic one too. By providing women with the tools and resources they need to thrive in this industry, we can unlock untapped potential and drive sustainable growth for our communities. Let's break down the barriers and ensure that everywoman has the opportunity to make a splash in aquaculture!”, shares Jennifer Bushman, chief marketing officer at Kvarøy Arctic., in a press release.

How to apply

Applications and a full list of qualifying criteria is available at the Kvarøy Arctic website. Applicants must be 18+ and submit their completed form with a current CV to by 19:00 (US Pacific Time) on 1 July. The successful recipient will be announced on 1 August.

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