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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.
The African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme (ACEP)’s Canyon Connections project, in partnership with the WILDOCEANS Ocean Stewards Initiative are offering a Masters project at UCT entitled: 
"Investigating oceanographic processes of submarine canyons in two bioregions along the east coast of South Africa."
SANBI manages a database of unemployed students including new graduates who are interested in periodically working as research assistants to scientists and post graduate students. Interested individuals who will be available for occasional work during February – December 2018 are invited to register on the database.

International Climate Protection Fellowship for young climate experts from developing countries.

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation3/1/2018
10 month Oceanography Training Programme in Germany. Training starts Sep 2018. A full scholarship will be provided by the NF-POGO CofE covering travel, accommodation, tuition and a modest allowance.
NF-POGO CofE3/9/2018
We are looking for volunteer research assistants/interns to participate in a diving survey, genome screening and/or establishment of a captive breeding population of one of Africa's rarest coastal fish species, the critically endangered river pipefish, Syngnathus watermeyeri.  No closing date indicated. The first field survey is expected to take place in late March 2018.  

University of Johannesburg3/15/2018
13 - 25 August 2018
São Paulo, Brazil
The course aims to provide graduate students with advanced knowledge on interdisciplinary ocean research and integrated science and governance, including issues related to public policy. Participants will discuss relevant themes with renowned scientists in a multidisciplinary and multicultural context. The 2-week course will include theoretical classes, work in groups, poster sessions, science-policy discussions, and a field trip to Baixada Santista, located in the central coast of the state of São Paulo.
Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research & collaborators3/15/2018

​PhD position to study marine fish ecophysiology

We are seeking a highly-motivated South African candidate to join our multidisciplinary South African Linefish Physiology Assessment (SALPA) project team aiming to understand the impacts of exploitation on the physiology of resident coastal fishes as part of a project on the African Coelacanth Ecosystems Program (ACEP). The position is on a full-time basis for three years, starting in 2018 and is funded by an NRF PhD bursary to the value of R120 000 per annum. The student will be registered at the Department of Ichthyology and Fisheries Science, Rhodes University. 

RU, ACEP & SALPA3/15/2018
Early Career Researchers based in the UK or South Africa are invited to apply to participate in a workshop on Research capacity for sustainable ecosystem-based management of estuaries and coasts
Date: 19-21 June 2018
Venue: uShaka Marine World, Durban, South Africa
Newton Fund, British Council, NRF3/16/2018

​The ClimEco6 Summer School will be held in Indonesia from 1-8 August 2018. The theme is: Interdisciplinary approaches for sustainable oceans.

IMBeR IPO3/26/2018

​Applications are now open for both students & lecturers to participate in this year's SEAmester III Class Afloat. The course aims to introduce marine science as an applied and cross-disciplinary field to students who have shown an affinity for core science disciplines. It will combine traditional class-room lectures with hands-on ship-based deck activities.


​The MSC Scholarship Research Program is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students studying problems and solutions in fisheries science and management and the integrity of the seafood supply chain. Up to £4,000 per project is available for travel, equipment and other support.  

Marine Stewardship Council3/31/2018
The fellowship offers early career scientists from developing countries the opportunity to visit other oceanographic centres for a short period (1 to 3 months) for training on aspects of oceanographic observations.