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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 Marine Science and Sustainability taught Masters Degree at UniSey is a 13-month programme commencing in September every year. The programme comprises coursework and a mini dissertation (research project). No closing date indicated.

University of Seychelles8/23/2019
12-20 Nov 2019 |  Zanzibar, Tanzania 
This course, with the theme Earth Observation to services across the value chain, is designed to support the development of GMES&Africa activities and Copernicus marine data use around the African continent. The course is open to applicants from any African nation who wish to use satellite data for research and/or operational marine applications. Candidates affiliated with any academic, commercial, or governance organisation are encouraged to apply. Participants will learn the underlying principles of ocean remote sensing, how to access relevant data, and how to work with it using various open source tools. Each participant will be asked to propose a mini project that will be attempted with the support of trainers, allowing them to gain skills directly applicable to their work needs. An online pre-course phase will run from the 21st October until the 8th November, that participants will be able to complete at their own pace. The workshop phase will take place at the Maru Maru Hotel in Zanzibar, Tanzania from the 12th - 20th November 2019. The course will be limited to 20 participants – the workshop is fully funded and the costs of accommodation, meals, visas and travel will be covered for all successful applicants. Selected participants will be expected to complete the online phase and attend the full duration of the workshop. 
GMES&Africa & partners8/23/2019
​Master’s degree with a specialisation in Science and Public Engagement in 2020
The course provides an overview of science communication as a field of research, and touches upon issues of credibility and trust in the communication of scientific evidence and its importance for political discourse. The course is ideal for part-time study. Most students use year one for the coursework (with lectures in blocks of two to three days spread across the academic year) and year two for a research assignment.
Stellenbosch University8/31/2019
  • 3-year scholarship for a PhD with a focus in climate change and development (2020 to 2022)
  • 1-year scholarship for the 2019 ACDI Master’s in Climate Change and Development by Coursework
  • 2-year scholarship for Masters by Dissertation with a focus on climate and development during 2020 and 2021.
UCT ACDI, ARUA-CD8/31/2019
Volunteer research assistant in Hermanus
The Mammal Research Institute Whale Unit (University of Pretoria) is looking for a volunteer research assistant to join our team in Hermanus for a period of minimum 2 -maximum 3 months (between September to November). Most of the work will be office based and relates to assistance in data management and processing of photo-identification data. The candidate is expected to join us in our office (in Hermanus) Monday through Friday, where he or she will be able to learn about whale and dolphin research techniques, and gain experience in the field of data management and analyses. For more information, please contact Dr Els Vermeulen (
Mammal Research Institute Whale Unit (University of Pretoria)9/1/2019
The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology and the Universität Hamburg jointly run the International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling (IMPRS-ESM) to promote high-quality doctoral research into the Earth’s climate system.  The School conducts research in four primary research areas: atmosphere, land, ocean, and the human dimension. The IMPRS-ESM offers doctoral candidates prime research facilities, advanced academic training in the Earth system sciences, and a structured supervision programme. Candidates enjoy ample opportunities to participate in national and international conferences and publish their scientific results in high-impact scientific journals.

​UCT Applied Ocean Sciences Taught Masters’ Degree

This is a 13-month programme commencing in mid-January every year and comprising coursework (50%) and a short research project and mini-dissertation (50%). Apply for the degree in either: Operational Oceanography or Applied Marine Biology.


3 Oct 2019 | Port Elizabeth
6 Oct 2019 | Cape Town

No closing date indicated
VEMCO & Oceans Research9/30/2019
​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).
4 - 29 November 2019, Cape Town, South Africa
Sea Search Research and Conservation will be running a 4 week course on marine mammal research techniques. This is an academically intensive course targeted at students, postgraduates and researchers with a strong interest in a career in marine mammal and marine top-predator research. Weekly topics will include: survey & experimental design, photographic  & video methods, acoustic research methods and mixed methods overview. Modules consist of a combination of lectures, discussion, computer based and field-based practical exercises. Places are limited so apply soon! No closing date indicated.
Sea Search Research and Conservation10/28/2019
The Faculty for the Future program awards supports women from developing and emerging economies to pursue PhD or Post-doctoral research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at leading universities worldwide. Faculty for the Future grants are based on actual costs for eligible expenses up to a maximum of USD 50,000 per year for a PhD and maximum of USD 40,000 per year for a Post-doc and may be renewed through to completion of studies. Applications are open between 5 Sep -7 Nov 2019.
Schlumberger Foundation11/7/2019
The Government of Japan offers 10 fellowships, to be awarded to deserving candidates from developing countries. Special attention will be given to those who may wish pursue their research studies in Japan, to women, candidates from LDCs, Africa and SIDS countries. Research activities in the following areas will be funded: 1. Environment (with particular attention on disaster risk reduction (DRR); 2.  Intercultural Dialogue; 3.  Information and Communication Technologies; and 4.  Peaceful conflict resolution. The duration of the research should be 3-9 months.
UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowships11/29/2019
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.
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.