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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.

Masters project and bursary: Modelling of the ecological role of submarine canyon heads on the east coast of South Africa. The student will based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. 

A PhD studentship is available to investigate the reproduction and life history patterns of a non-indigenous Diopatra species in the Knysna Estuary.
Stellenbosch University and collaborators12/10/2019
The course objective is to train managers and scientists for Water and Coastal Zone Risk Management, with a solid knowledge of environmental and legal instruments. WACOMA is open to students holding a suitable 1st Cycle/Bachelor Degree. Candidates with solid background in subjects related to Earth Sciences, Geology, Environmental Biology and Chemistry, and Environmental Monitoring and Management possess the basis for a positive evaluation. NOTE: Students holding a Bachelor Degree in other subjects may apply. The Academic Board will reserve the right to consider, assess and evaluate the Academic background of the applicant for admission to the selection procedure.  Students from all over the world, regardless of their nationality, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation are welcome to apply to the program.
University of Bologna12/16/2019
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.

​Postgrad projects on non-invasive molecular sampling techniques for marine ecology

Post-graduate research projects (at MSC, PhD & Postdoc level) are available at the NRF-SAIAB within the Genetics and Remote Imagery research platforms for suitable candidates to investigate the potential of environmental DNA (eDNA) to collect population and community level data for subtidal fishes occurring on photic and mesophotic reefs and other non-invasive in situ sampling techniques to collect genetic material from reef fishes for individual, community or population level molecular analysis.Applications open immediately and will close once suitable students/postdocs have been identified. The project will start in January 2020.

An MSc opportunity is available for a student to assess and map habitat complexity as well as fish assemblages across several shallow marine and estuarine habitats including sandy patches, algal beds, seagrass beds and reefs in Algoa Bay. The selected student needs a background in aquatic botany or zoology and will be based in Port Elizabeth at the Ocean Sciences Campus at Nelson Mandela University. The project will start in early 2020 and the application process will close once a suitable student has been identified.

​This interdisciplinary PhD studentship will explore how environmental filtering may affect invasion success, using the non-native Pacific oyster (Magallana gigas) as a model species; an ecologically problematic yet important aquaculture species across the north-east Atlantic. 

University of Plymouth1/7/2020
1 June – 31 August 2020 | Laxenburg, Austria

This annual 3-month program offers research opportunities to talented young researchers  whose interests correspond with the institute’s ongoing research on issues of global environmental, economic, and social change. Accepted participants work within the Institute’s research programs under the guidance of IIASA scientific staff. Communication with the relevant program representatives is strongly encouraged at the earliest possible stage, and before submitting an application.

Applications for 2020 are now open. The honours course runs from February to November 2020 and is designed to combine theory with practice, and is comprised of three modules; ichthyology, aquaculture and fisheries management. There are several funding opportunities for prospective students. Amongst the available bursaries, are two  R90 000 NRF-ACEP honours bursaries for students with an interest in the links between fish physiology, exploitation and climate change. These students will be working in the SAFER lab ( No closing date indicated.
Rhodes University1/15/2020
The Institute for Coastal and Marine Research (CMR), Nelson Mandela University in collaboration with the Equinor South Africa (B.V.) is offering two Masters studies in Algoa Bay. The call is part of the Algoa Bay Project and with the South African Research Chair in Marine Spatial Planning. 
  1. Masters in Commerce: Thematic Cost-Benefit analysis of marine protected areas in Algoa Bay.
  2. Masters of Science: Effects and risks of planned oil and gas developments on marine ecosystems in Algoa Bay, developing a conflict management framework
Due date for applications: Until positions have been filled.
CMR & Equinor3/31/2020
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.