Slater Scholarship

Are you in the Merchant Navy and looking to progress your career?

Sponsored by Nautlius Slater fundThe Slater Fund, managed by the Marine Society with Nautilus International, offers Slater Scholarships of up to £18,500, with an additional discretionary £1,500 for completing the programme.

The Fund helps ratings study for the first certificate of competency, and can also help Electro-Technical Officers and yacht crew gain STCW certification.

It was established in 1977 in memory of former MNAOA General Secretary John William Slater. In the past 10 years, more than 1,000 seafarers have benefitted.

Can I apply?

Yes, if you are a Merchant Navy rating, Electro Technical Officer (ETO), Workboat or Yacht crew and wish to study for the STCW Officer of the Watch, deck or engine qualifications. Consideration is also given to those who already hold the Class 2 or Class 1 Fishing ticket and are looking to convert to the OOW Unlimited.

It is only available to British professional seafarers who reside in the UK.

"The Marine Society's Slater Fund has enabled me to pursue and complete my goal of becoming an Officer of the Watch. Their advice has been friendly and professional, and I could not offer a higher recommendation."

Steven Rogers, Maritime and Coastguard Agency

How can I use it?

This scholarship can help offset the direct costs of obtaining a certificate of competency through any approved UK nautical college.

It can also help fund the necessary courses and assist with accommodation, travel, learning resources and living expenses whille you study, as well as funding the cost of upskilling in functional skills, such as Mathematics, offered by Marine Society to those in need.

How does it work?

The scholarship is available for four years from the date of the award. You must start using it within two years of it being awarded, and it is available to serving ratings over 20 years old permanently resident in the UK.

It is subject to status checks, and dependent upon the availability of funds.


Please read our guidance notes first before completing the application form.

As part of the application process, you are required to complete the Maths@Sea and Writing@Sea online programmes (except ETO applicants). To gain free access, and for any queries at all, please email us at:

"Having recently completed my Officer of the Watch, I believe I gained favour in securing a permanent position on the government research vessel MRV Scotia. My aspirations are to move forward, upward and onward with my Officer of the Watch Certificate of Competency."

Gilbert Patterson, MRV Scotia

Donate Today

Make a donation and help support the Marine Society College