Issue date: 08 July 2024


Pursuant to its contract for exploration for polymetallic nodules, signed with the International Seabed Authority (ISA) on 18 October 2019, Beijing Pioneer Hi-tech. Development Corporation Ltd. (BPC) is offering five (5) Fellowship placements to candidates from a developing State in 2024.



BPC has partnered with a renowned Chinese university, to systematically design a fellowship training course. The training is delivered through a combination of general courses, practical exercises, and experience-based lectures, aiming to enhance the participants’ comprehensive understanding of the entire chain of deep-sea resource exploration and development. The program includes 8 general courses covering topics such as physical oceanography, marine geology, biological ecology, marine chemistry, marine engineering technology, and marine law, achieving full coverage of general knowledge. Additionally, it integrates lab-based practical and analytical courses tailored for participants, such as marine data analysis, biological experiment operations, and bioinformatics. Participants can engage in hands-on practice and exercises.

The training includes 12 experience-based lectures, focused on green technology and research-based development. These lectures sequentially cover topics such as research and development frameworks, geological minerals, ecosystems, physical oceanography, digital mining areas, mining technology and system engineering, processing and utilization of mineral resources, as well as international regulations and hot issues. To maintain coherence in the participants’ knowledge, the general courses are matched with the lecture contents. Finally, the training also incorporates site visits to provide participants with a deeper understanding of marine science and engineering equipment.



3 Months – Commencing 14 October 2024



To be considered for this opportunity, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Education: Master’s degree is required, or bachelor’s degree in the field of Marine Science and Technology with at least 2 years of experience in the marine field (conditions may be relaxed as appropriate for those who have outstanding marine scientific research capability or marine management capability);
  • Language: Good command in English (Non-native English-speaking applicants shall provide proof of English proficiency, including but not limited to English transcripts such as TOEFL or IELTS, publicly published works in English, letters of attestation from professor, and other proof of using English as working language, etc.);
  • Age: Below 45 years old;
  • Health: Good state of health.



BPC will cover all relevant costs for the Fellowship which includes, but not limited to, visa fee(s), flight and accommodation.



The selected candidates will be required to sign the ISA Contractors’ Training Programme Code of Conduct for Trainees prior to the start of the programme.

No later than four (4) weeks after the training has ended, each trainee shall submit an end-of-training report to BPC and ISA outlining, amongst other things, the training completed, the benefits of the training opportunity, the knowledge gained and how the training will advance their career/educational pursuits. The report shall also include key performance indicators to assess the effectiveness of the training activities.

Upon successful completion of the programme, trainees shall receive a certificate from ISA.

Trainees shall also be required to submit a supplementary report to ISA five (5) years after the training has been completed, to allow for an assessment of the long-term benefits of the programme.



All interested applicants are invited to register and submit their applications on the ISA CTP Application Portal, along with their supporting documents, including:

  • A coloured passport sized photo
  • A copy of their passport biographical page or national identification card.
  • Signed nomination form [doc/pdf] by the nominating entity.
  • Copy of degree and/or certificate
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or résumé
  • Proof of sufficient knowledge of English


Applicants must select the following options when applying for this training opportunity on the Application Portal:

Contractor Name:            Beijing Pioneer Hi-tech. Development Corporation Ltd. (BPC)/PMN

Year:                                  2024

Programme Name:          Fellowship

Specialization:                 N/A


Application Deadline: 31 July 2024. Late or incomplete applications will not be processed.