Student Opportunities


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 Responsible Fisheries Alliance (RFA) is hosting a 3-day train-the-trainer workshop in Cape Town on August 13-15, 2024. This free workshop is designed for individuals with a Master's degree in marine biology, conservation, or fisheries management who are interested in becoming facilitators for the RFA's Responsible Fisheries Training Course. The workshop will equip participants with the knowledge and skills needed to teach the course, which aims to improve the sustainability of South Africa's marine resources. Those who successfully complete the workshop will be expected to observe and then co-facilitate future RFA training courses, receiving payment for their co-facilitation work.
29 October | 13-17h00 GMT+1 
This workshop by DANUBIUS will take place as part of the International Deltares Software Days. The workshop aims to improve the knowledge of available tools and methods to enhance our understanding of the processes that occur in estuarine and transitional systems. During the workshop we will share and discuss key ecological modeling issues and best practices, challenges and scientific gaps, with a view to improve the methods and tools addressing  the water quality and ecology of the European river-sea systems.  Modelling topics will range from biogeochemistry to high trophic levels, from pollutants to vegetation models using different methods and techniques. Additionally, the workshop aims to share best practices for ecological assessments to support coastal resilience, including the effects of Nature-based Solutions.
DANUBIUS  & Deltares7/31/2024
The BioDATA Advanced project offers a free, hands-on course in Kruger National Park, South Africa, from November 18th-21st, 2024, aimed at teaching early career biologists how to use biodiversity data from the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) for research. This course is ideal for MSc, PhD students and other professionals interested in biodiversity and data analysis. To be successful, applicants should have a strong interest in biodiversity and some experience with programming languages like R or Python. The course will cover data standards, data cleaning, manipulation, analysis techniques and the importance of data in science and policy.
SANBI GBIF & partners7/31/2024
The Coastal and Regional Ocean Community (CROCO) model is a modelling platform for the regional and coastal ocean using realistic or idealized multiscale approaches. From 25 November - 6 December the 3rd CROCO Ocean Modelling summer school will be held at the Centre for High Performance Computing in Cape Town, South Africa. The first week will focus on the Basics (for beginners and those who need a refresher) and the second will be a choice of EITHER CROCO-BGC coupling or CROCO-WRF coupling. You can apply to attend both weeks, or just one (bear in mind that the second week requires that you already know the basics of running your own simulation). Apply using this link: by 16 August 2024.
IRD, SAEON & DSI8/16/2024
The UCT-MARiS Centre convenes a one-year coursework (full-time) Masters in Applied Ocean Sciences, which is joint between the Department of Biological Sciences and the Department of Oceanography at the University of Cape Town. This course provides interdisciplinary training in treating the most applied aspects of oceanography and marine biology, with the aim of becoming future ocean professionals. It is designed for both recent graduates as well as those with some years’ experience and who wish to gain skills to operate in the ocean services sector, with a focus on operational and conservational activities, food, water quality and recreation, preservation and other aspects of the Blue Economy.
The French Research Institute for Sea Exploitation (IFREMER) is offering two paid internships in 2025 to study deep-sea biodiversity using innovative imaging tools.  The internship will focus on using artificial intelligence to identify meiofauna (small organisms living in seafloor sediments).  This is a great opportunity for students from developing countries with a background in biology or ecology to gain experience in deep-sea research. Applicants must be proficient in English or French and hold a valid passport. The internship runs for two months in Brest, France starting in May 2025. Applications close on September 27th, 2024 and women are encouraged to apply.​
The Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC) is offering a fully funded Master's Fellowship in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management to a student from a developing ISA member country. This two-year program starts September 2025 in collaboration​ with CIIC,  Free University of Brussels, Antwerp University and Ghent University​. It ​ focuses on both marine and freshwater environments and includes lectures, practical exercises, field trips and excursions. Applicants must have a relevant bachelor's degree and strong English skills. The application deadline is November 19th, 2024 and women are encouraged to apply.​
The Japan Organization for Metals and Energy Security (JOGMEC) is offering a 40-day training program in 2025 for people from developing countries who are interested in deep-sea exploration for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts.  The programme will be delivered through a combination of lectures, field trips, and work on a research vessel at-sea. ​ Applicants must have a degree in science or engineering with at least one year of experience. The programme covers travel, meals and accommodation.  JOGMEC is encouraging women to apply. The application deadline is November 27th, 2024.​
POGO is offering early-career scientists, technicians and students from developing countries the chance to apply for shipboard training fellowships throughout the year. This open call allows them to be included in a database for quick consideration when short-notice training opportunities arise.
2-13 June 2025 | Antwerp, Belgium
The Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC) is offering two training spots in a dredging technology seminar for people from developing countries who are members of the International Seabed Authority (ISA). The seminar will be held in Antwerp, Belgium in June 2025 and will cover the latest dredging techniques and environmental management practices. Applicants must have a technical degree, preferably in marine engineering, be proficient in English, and be a citizen of a developing ISA member country. CIIC will cover all training costs and successful graduates will receive a certificate. Applications open now and close on December 8th, 2024. CIIC is particularly encouraging women to apply.​