UPDATE (08 June 2023) The following candidates have been selected:

Rank First name Surname Sex Country Country Class.
First ranked candidates
1 Madiha H Moustafa F Egypt
2 Brian L. Lynch M Jamaica SIDS
3 Shahrin Azmee F Bangladesh LDC
4 Mereseini A. Radidi F Fiji SIDS
5 Richard O. Anginya M Kenya
Reserve candidate
R1 Ralph Carlo Evidente M Philippines
R2 Omar A. Ali M Somalia LDC
R3 Harvey Mpoto Bombaka M Democratic Republic of the Congo
R4 Md. Harun Or Rashid M Bangladesh LDC
R5 Eric A. Yeboah M Ghana

Issued 15 March 2023

Interoceanmetal Joint Organization (IOM) pursuant to its contract for exploration for polymetallic nodules signed with ISA on 29 March 2001 is offering five (5) opportunities for candidates from developing States between September and October 2023.

Overview of the Programme

The aim of the course is to train the future deep-sea exploration project managers skilled for planning tasks associated with all aspects of deep sea exploration.

Candidates will receive a comprehensive six (6) weeks multidisciplinary training in the topic of polymetallic nodules project management (including legal framework, exploration activities, environmental research, economic cycle and metallurgical processing).

The training programme is divided into two parts:

Part I: Introduction to marine mineral exploration and exploitation in the Area with focus on polymetallic nodules

This part will focus on the legal, environmental and technological aspects of marine minerals exploration and exploitation under UNCLOS and other relevant documents constituting the regulatory framework of all activities in the Area.

Participants will take part in lectures, seminars and hands-on exercises (including case studies and laboratory work with microscopes).

This knowledge- and skills-developing part is a basis for Part 2.

Part 2: Laboratory work and scientific techniques for polymetallic nodules analysis and metallurgical processing

This part will focus on technological aspects of marine minerals exploration and exploitation.

Participants will take part in all stages of laboratory works, including analysis and interpretation of results.

The skills targeted for development in this part of the training will be tailored according to the participants’ professional capacity (which is dependent on their background) and laboratory capacity.


The training is being organized by IOM, Szczecin, Poland in cooperation with Natural Sciences Education and Research Centre, University of Szczecin, Szczecin, Poland.

Financial conditions 

IOM will cover the following costs: visa fees (reimbursement), international airfare (economy class), local travel within the scope of the official programme (in accordance with Polish regulations); costs for accommodation during any part of the training, daily allowance (in accordance with Polish regulations); and tuition costs. Detailed breakdown of the financial support will be presented to the trainees by IOM upon their arrival to the training site.

Other information 

The trainees will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement with IOM and submit reports on the outcome of their training to the IOM and ISA.


Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Education: Bachelor or Engineering degree in natural sciences, applied sciences, technology or engineering;
  • Work experience: at least one year of experience in the field of specialization;
  • Language: sufficient knowledge of English attested by a certificate, as required;
  • Health: proof of being in good mental and physical health;
  • Visa Requirements: Eligibility to apply for a Schengen visa*;
  • Age: under 40 years old

* Trainees must present the visa to IOM no later than 31 July 2023. IOM will provide the necessary documentary support such as invitation letter, confirmation of financial support and if required, a flight reservation for this process. Trainees are therefore encouraged to start the visa process as soon as they receive confirmation of their selection.

How to Apply:

All interested applicants are invited to register through the ISA online portal through which they will submit their applications together with the requested documents including:

  • A passport sized photo and copy of their passport biopage
  • Signed nomination form [doc / pdf] by the nominating entity.
  • Copy of degree or certificate
  • CV
  • Proof of sufficient knowledge of English
  • If selected, the trainee will be required to submit a physical examination report, signed by licensed physician, stating that the trainee is physically fit for the length of training.

Application Deadline: 17 April 2023. Late or incomplete applications will not be processed.


“One of the Voluntary Commitments registered by ISA at the 2017 UN Ocean Conference (#OceanAction 40768) and reiterated in 2022 was ‘Enhancing the role of Women in Marine Scientific Research through Capacity Building’ – IOM supports this commitment, and strongly encourages qualified women to apply for these training opportunities.”