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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.

​L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa PhD and Postdoctoral Fellowships.


Postdoctoral research fellowship on international project “Humpback Whales in a Changing Climate”, in collaboration with Australia and other South African universities. The candidate will develop the modelling component of the project to study the role of ocean conditions in determining the migratory patterns in the Southern Ocean and along the eastern coast of South Africa. A combination of large scale and regional scale ocean models will be used, in conjunction with ocean biogeochemistry models of various complexity. Applications will stay open until the position is filled. The first round of (remote) interviews is expected before the end of April 2018 for starting date in August 2018.

MA-RE, UCT4/30/2018

​The CSIR is offering MSc and PhD scholarships in a range of disciplines that address earth system science. If your areas of expertise are in: physics, chemistry, maths, statistics, computer science, engineering, marine biology, and/or botany; You   can   apply   it   to   SOCCO's   research   areas:   carbon,   physics,   iron chemistry, biogeochemistry, bio-optics and climate modelling.

SOCCO, CSIR4/30/2018

Invitation to experts, natural and social scientists, and students to participate in a second IIOE-2 research cruise onboard the SA Agulhas II in June-July 2018.


​NRF Freestanding, Innovation and Scarce Skills Postdoctoral Fellowships 2019

Doctoral scholarships for study full-time in the Netherlands (i.e. single site mode) and full-time joint doctoral degrees (i.e. split site mode).

​PhD project at University of Queensland to study trajectories of change in marine megafauna. If successful, the student will have the opportunity to conduct research in both Australia and the UK.


​Postdoctoral position in physical oceanography.

PhD position to work on the bioregionalization of zooplankton on the Canadian west coast. Closing date unspecified. Start date: Sep 2018.

​Scicom Skills Development for African Communicators

Stellenbosch University is offering a flexible study opportunity in the field of public science communication and engagement. This 6-week online course (6 Aug - 17 Sep 2018) is aimed at communicators or managers at the interface between research and public/policy audiences, as well as scientists who are interested in exploring new, evidence-based approaches to communicating their research.

Stellenbosch University7/9/2018
This course will provide academic and technical skills to deal with the most applied aspects of oceanography and marine biology

UCT MA-RE10/31/2018