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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 aquaculture sector is steadily reaching maturity but its further growth is increasingly facing serious problems with parasites, viral, bacterial or stress-related disease outbreaks. The AquaH programme responds to the need for an expert training that prepares students to develop and implement innovative solutions to aquaculture health issues thus contributing to the sustainable development of the aquaculture industry. Scholarships are available. With this 2-year ERASMUS Mundus programme:
  • you can stay and study at 4 of Europe’s leading institutes in aquaculture: Ghent University (Belgium), Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet (NTNU, Norway), Wageningen University (The Netherlands), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona & Universitat de Barcelona (Spain);
  • you can do a work placement and master thesis research at one of our numerous industry or research partners worldwide.
Erasmus Mundus3/1/2021
15 PhD research positions in ice core-related climate science available within MSCA-ITN DEEPICE project
The DEEPICE project (Research and training network on understanding Deep icE corE Proxies to Infer past antarctiC climatE dynamics), funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions - Innovative Training Network) calls for applications for 15 fully funded PhD positions (early-stage researcher, ESR) to be filled between July and October 2021, with attractive complementary training activities and associated research and travel budgets.  DEEPICE aims to train a new generation of scientists working on issues related to past climate change in Antarctica by taking advantage of the unique scientific dynamic of the on-going EU H2020 "Beyond EPICA-Oldest Ice Core" project (2019-2025) which aims at extracting a 1.5 million years old ice core in Antarctica. Closing dates vary for each project.
EU H20203/1/2021
The Climate System Analysis Group at the University of Cape Town, the Risk and Vulnerability Science Centre at the University of Fort Hare and the Department of Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand are offering Masters and PhD bursaries in:
(A) climate science and data analysis;
(B) climate change engagement (perceptions, behaviour change, communication);
(C) risk, vulnerability and adaptation.
CSAG & partners3/12/2021

​NF-POGO Centre of Excellence 2021-2022

The application window is now open for the next Nippon Foundation-POGO Centre of Excellence (NF-POGO CofE), which provides world class education and training in the field of observational oceanography. This is an intensive training course for young professionals at the post-graduate level, ten months in duration, with an intake of ten trainees per year.  The course is sponsored by the Nippon Foundation and hosted by the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research.  It is conducted at AWI’s site on the offshore island of Helgoland with focus on open-ocean sciences and also at AWI’s site on the UNESCO reserve Waddensea island of Sylt where shelf/basin interactions are topics of study. The call for applications will be open until the 29 March 2021.  Successful candidates will be informed by end of June 2021, with training scheduled to begin in late 2021 / early 2022. 

The Mammal Research Institute (MRI) Whale Unit at the University of Pretoria is looking for an enthusiastic PhD student to take on an exciting project related to the in-depth assessment of contemporary foraging ecology and migratory behaviour of South Africa’s population of southern right whales, in the context of some recent anomalous demographic shifts in the population. The student will be supervised by Dr Els Vermeulen and Prof Andre Ganswindt, and will be based at the MRI Whale Unit’s office in Hermanus, South Africa. Funding is currently available to cover all project related costs. However, the project will only commence once a competitive PhD fellowship has been attained. 
The Centre for Ocean Life ( offers a 3-year PhD fellowship in trait-based modelling of microbial life in the ocean. The fellow will be employed at DTU Aqua (The National Institute for Aquatic Resources, Technical University of Denmark).
Technical University of Denmark3/31/2021
The von der Heyden Lab at Stellenbosch University is looking for PhD student interested in developing their skills in genomics and fisheries management to participate on this BiodivERsA funded project. The application will focus on using novel high-throughput data to assess and predict the impacts of climate change in range shifts of commercially exploited species in southern Africa, using genomic tools. This is collaborative project with ISPA-IU, University of Algarve (Portugal), Technical University of Denmark (Denmark) and Kiel University (Germany). 
Stellenbosch University3/31/2021
The South African 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:
VSR (non-degree) : 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 (VSR). Current National Research Foundation (NRF) funded PhD students are encouraged to apply.
MA/PhD: 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 SA5/14/2021
14 June to 30 July 2021
This course will be presented by Dr Marina Joubert and is designed to help researchers and communication professionals to get to grips with the principles and practice of effective science communication, as well as public engagement with science. Across all modules of the 2021 edition of this course, we will reflect on the effect of the global Covid-19 pandemic, and its implications for public science engagement, with a focus on what we have learned that we can use to improve future science communication activities. 
Stellenbosch University5/21/2021