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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.
24-28 June 2019, Durban
Multivariate Analysis in Ecology (& other Sciences)
Participants will engage in a mixture of informative lectures on key topics and computer lab sessions on literature data sets, with ample opportunity to discuss and analyse their own data sets in consultation with the lecturer.  Early bird registration before 30 April 2019.
Special POGO Fellowship for on-board training on an oceanographic cruise
Includes pre- & post-cruise training at the British Antarctic Survey, UK
A PhD opportunity is available at the NRF-SAIAB within the Genetics and Remote Imagery research platforms for a suitable candidate to investigate the potential of eDNA to collect population and community data for subtidal reef fishes occurring on photic and mesophotic reefs. No closing date indicated. Re-posted on 22 Mar 2019
Workshop on Marine Parasitology and its Application in Fisheries Management
26 - 27 August 2019, UCT, Cape Town
Cost: No charge
Participation is limited - applications should include a letter of motivation to

Limited student scholarships available to cover accommodation only.

UCT, DAFF & partners7/30/2019
 The two projects are entitled:
  • Thematic Cost-Benefit analysis of marine protected areas in Algoa Bay - Masters in Commerce
  • Effects and risks of planned oil and gas developments on marine ecosystems in Algoa Bay, developing a conflict management framework - Masters of Science
NMU and Equinox8/14/2019
​PhD opportunity (sediment/ancient DNA) on South African and German joint project to identify changes in aquatic ecosystems over time to defines its natural variability in the past as reference condition and relates the condition of the present ecosystem to it.(No closing date indicated, open until filled).
The Oceanography Department at the University of Cape Town has multiple M.Sc. and Ph.D. fellowships available as part of the new Advancing Womxn Initiative championed by the Office of the Vice-Chancellor. These highly prestigious fellowships for black womxn or trans  students include bursary support for the duration of the degree, registration fees, relocation costs, field gear, a laptop, and participation in a leadership and mentorship programme. All applicants should be passionate about scientific research, curious about the environment, hard-working, and able to work independently and in a team. To apply, email your academic transcripts, a short academic/professional CV, and a one page letter of motivation to Dr. Katye Altieri, Email Dr. Altieri with any questions regarding the fellowship or application process. Applications for 2019 will be accepted until June 1, 2019 and applications for 2020 will be accepted until November 30, 2019.
Marine-science graduate students and postdoctoral researchers interested in helping to pioneer the next generation of sustainable tuna fishing initiatives — especially to reduce bycatch and protect ocean ecosystems — are invited to submit their ideas to the first-ever International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) Seafood Sustainability Contest. The contest is eligible individuals and teams worldwide, who have until midnight December 31, 2019, to submit online entries. Competition judges will announce one $45,000 Grand Prize winner and one $10,000 Runner-Up Prize winner on February 28, 2020. The Grand Prize includes a trip (airfare and travel expenses paid for) for the winning individual or team representative to attend a major tuna sustainability conference or event selected by ISSF, with the potential to present the winning idea to diverse stakeholders.