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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.
16-21 Feb 2020 |  Bremen, Germany
This is a 5-day intensive academic program providing a scientific basis from different disciplines (social and natural sciences) to enable you to engage in marine governance. Applications are invited from international early-career scientists (PhD-candidates, postdocs) from various disciplines in the field of marine research (biology, chemistry, geology, geography, sociology, political science). Representatives of governmental and non-governmental agencies with a relevant scientific background can also apply. Applications from scholars from tropical countries from the Atlantic coastlines are especially welcomed.
ZMT, IOI10/27/2019
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
SAIAB Summer School
2-5 December 2019 | Port Alfred, Eastern Cape
SAIAB is hosting its annual summer school for undergraduate and postgraduate students in Port Alfred, Eastern Cape from 02 – 05 December 2019. Students can expect experience working in an estuarine and marine environment, getting familiar with acoustic telemetry, baited remote underwater stereo-video and genetics methodologies and learn a little about data analysis associated with all these methods. Applications are now open and the deadline for submission is the 01 November 2019. All we need from you is a short motivation on why you would like to attend, a copy of your ID and contact details (email and phone number).
Click here to download the flyer and application form.
These scholarships are for PhD candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries, to spend up to 12 months at a UK university as part of their doctoral studies in their home country, starting in October 2020. Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK. These scholarships are offered under six themes:
Science and technology for development
Strengthening health systems and capacity
Promoting global prosperity
Strengthening global peace, security and governance
Strengthening resilience and response to crises
Access, inclusion and opportunity
UK DFID11/6/2019
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 2020 will be accepted until November 30, 2019.
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
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.
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.