Slater Scholarship applicant cap lifted for 2021 submissions

Posted on 28 December 2020 by Tom Saunders

For many decades Marine Society has proudly managed The Slater Scholarship programme on behalf of Nautilus International. 

These ‘gold standard’ scholarships offer Merchant Navy seafarers up to £18,500 towards gaining their officer of the watch qualification and as a result, more than a thousand seafarers have successfully progressed their seagoing career in the last ten years alone.

During 2020, a downturn in income meant the fund was only able to support 20 scholars, the first time a cap has been applied. However, we are pleased to announce that for 2021 this cap has been lifted to a maximum of 60 applications over two intakes annually with the hope this will be raised higher in future years.

We expect demand will exceed supply, therefore a clear set of criteria has been agreed against which applications will be judged. Those who are unsuccessful at the first attempt will be considered priority in the next intake.

Slater Scholarships are available from the date of award and will be accessible for a two-year period, this must be exercised within a year of being awarded. The Fund is obtainable for any experienced seafarer aged 21 and over and permanently residing in the UK.

We are proud and honoured to play our part in such an impactful Scholarship programme that is helping UK seafarers take vital steps in employment.


Here is the all-important information you need for 2021/22 submissions:

  • We are accepting applications from 4th January 2021.
  • Application submission deadline is 23rd April 2021.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by 7th June 2021.


Applications received after this closing date will not be considered until the next intake as below.


  • Application submission deadline is 12th November 2021.
  • Successful applicants notified by 10th January 2022.


In these uncertain times it has never been more important to gain professional qualifications that secure your future career.

 We encourage you to visit our dedicated site at for full details on how to apply.