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A list of training opportunities for early and mid-career professionals in fields relating to marine science. For internship and postdoctoral opportunities, please have a look at the Vacancies page.
Funding available for 2 x MSc students with an interest in non-invasive molecular sampling techniques for marine ecological research. The selected students will be based in Grahamstown at the NRF-SAIAB, registered through Rhodes University, for the full duration of their project.
The projects will aim to address research questions under the following topics:
  • MSc 1 (2 years funding): Sensitivity of eDNA to detect transient species and the dispersal and persistence of eDNA on subtidal reefs.
  • MSc 2 (2 years funding): Development of non-invasive sampling techniques to collect genetic material from fishes and the application of microsatellites to enable individual identification and population level studies
Applications open immediately and will close once suitable students have been identified.
SAIAB, Rhodes University4/10/2020

​Course in Ocean Governance for Africa

The aim is to build a sustainable core of experts on ocean governance on the continent. The course focuses on Africa and emphasises the benefits of harmonising ocean policies to promote a shared, integrated and common approach to ocean management. The course is intended for mid-career professionals, educators, researchers and civil society members that have coastal and marine responsibilities, functions or interests,  from countries within Africa.

IOI-SA, SAIMI and SANBI4/19/2020
The South Africa Fulbright Foreign Student Program provides grants for South African university graduates to pursue post-graduate studies at a United States university in any subject (excludes MBA and studies that require contact with patients). The following opportunities are available:
  • South African PhD students enrolled with a South African University may apply to conduct one year’s research at a U.S. University as a Visiting Student Researcher.
  • Post-graduate students may apply for scholarships towards Master’s or Doctorate degrees. Scholarships are awarded for two years towards one degree – Master’s or Doctorate (renewable each year).
US Embassy & Consulates in SA4/20/2020
We invite applications for a PhD studentship to investigate the physiological and transcriptional basis of resilience of corals to stress. We are looking for motivated, self-driven students with a keen interest in contributing to understanding global coral health. Studentships have standard NRF bursaries attached, i.e. R120 000 per annum for a PhD. All applicants for PhD projects must be in possession of an MSc or SAQA equivalent in the requisite topics. The student will be based at the Oceanographic Research Institute at uShaka Marine World in Durban, South Africa and registered at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
ORI, UKZN4/30/2020
MSc opportunity: to study recreational fisheries for invertebrates (mussels, oysters, prawns, crabs, lobsters) in KwaZulu-Natal. 
The applicant will be based at ORI in Durban and will register for an MSc degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.  The project will start in early 2020. No closing date specified.
ORI / UKZN4/30/2020
The POGO-SCOR Visiting Fellowship 2020 affords early-career oceanographic scientists, technicians, postdocs orPhD students the opportunity to visit other oceanographic centres for a short period (1 to 3 months) for training on aspects of oceanographic observations, analyses, and interpretation. Closing date extended to 30 April 2020.

​Transdisciplinary MSc project to valuate kelp forests

The expanding South African kelp forests creates the potential for interesting new dynamics around kelp forest utilisation and its management.The successful candidate will be based at the University of Cape Town Environmental and Geographical Sciences Department. No closing date specified.

South Africa-Norway BlueConnect Project5/2/2020
Training on Ocean Governance and Transboundary Marine Spatial Planning & Sustainable Blue Economy
The online course contents and materials are now open to all interested participants with no time limit to complete the modules. Each course is rich with compulsory readings, supplementary material, links to useful websites and quizzes. 
The POGO Secretariat is issuing an Open Call for applications from any early career scientists, technicians, postgraduate students (PhD or MSc) and Post-doctoral Fellows involved in oceanographic work at centres in developing countries and countries with economies in transition. This is an open-ended call, and applications are reviewed as they come in.  Candidates will be contacted if they are considered to be suitable matches for shipboard fellowships as they become available. No closing date.