Doctoral Programme on Marine Ecosystem Health and Conservation
 General information on the programme


MARES is a Joint Doctoral Programme on Marine Ecosystem Health & Conservation funded through Erasmus Mundus. The programme is offered by a consortium of 24 partners originating from 14 different countries. MARES will focus on six scientific and applied fields, all dealing with the effects of the impact of humans on the natural marine environment.

MARES is funded for 5 years and offers for each of these 5 years approximately 9 fellowships for doctoral researchers. These fellowships are funded for 3 years and always involve at least 2 partners with an obligatory mobility component.
The Call for Applications for MARES' 5th Edition was opened from September 1st 2014 to December 1st 2014. 
This was the Fifth and last call for applications. 

MARES offers pre-defined doctoral subjects. You can browse through these in our Subject Catalogue. An applicant indicates the preferred doctoral subject during the application phase. 

MARES also offers a Training Programme

The MARES doctoral programme defines a common foundation upon which all doctoral candidates must build, regardless of the chosen doctoral subject or involved partners. This common foundation can be summarized as :
  • Research periods with at least two MARES partner institutions
  • Co-tutelle, resulting in a Joint Doctoral Degree
  • Obtaining at least 10 credits in transferable skills and 10 credits in advanced research topics
  • Attending at least two MARES Annual Meetings
  • Attending at least two international scientific conferences (with a poster or oral presentation)
  • Having at least one publication accepted in a peer reviewed journal.

Latest News:

* The Second MARES Conference will take place between February 1st & 5th 2016 in Olhao, Portugal. Submit your abstract before October 9th 2015

* We are very proud to announce that MARES researchers from the First Edition are graduating between September 2014 & 2015. 

* The Fifth and last Call for Applications took place between September 1st 2014 and December 1st 2014.


Consortium Partners


Photos & Videos are available in our Documents/Publications section.





MARES is a Joint Doctorate programme selected under Erasmus Mundus coordinated by Ghent University (FPA 2011-0016)MARES is endorsed by the Euromarine Consortium




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