Applications are now open for three (3) training placements in the International Seabed Authority’s (ISA) Deep Dive e-learning programme for candidates from the ISA developing Member States. The Marawa Research and Exploration Ltd. (Marawa) provides the placements in accordance with its obligations under the contract for the exploration for polymetallic nodules with ISA.

Deep Dive is the first and only e-learning training platform exclusively devised to address all elements of the legal regime in Part XI of the United National Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the 1994 Agreement, including both technical and scientific aspects.

Developed by the ISA Secretariat together with renowned international experts in the field, the online curriculum consists of a modular structure with three progressive levels (Dives 1, 2 and 3), each comprising modules that offer a mix of compulsory and elective lessons to ensure the successful transfer of foundational knowledge and a degree of flexibility to accommodate personal preferences.

Marawa is offering three placements to participate in Dive 1, which includes a mandatory module on UNCLOS and the governance of the Area and will fit the needs of individuals with little knowledge of the legal regime of the Area. The seven mandatory lessons and four electives to be chosen by trainees among eight options will guide participants through the key features of the concept of the common heritage of humankind, the fundamental principles governing the Area, the role, functions and mandate of ISA, and the objectives of sustainable development of the Area and its resources.

As a minimum requirement, candidates should hold a Bachelor of Science degree in a relevant discipline including, but not limited to, law, international relations, natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, business and economics. The candidates are required to submit transcripts of their respective bachelor’s studies. Candidates must have a good command of the English language (both written and spoken) and at least one year of experience in their chosen field of specialization.

Please visit this link for more information and to apply. Applications by qualified candidates should be received no later than 8 September 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’ – As partner of the Women in Deep-Sea Research (WIDSR) project, Marawa has pledged to allocate 50% of the training opportunities to qualified women applicants.


All ISA contractors have a legal obligation to provide and fund training opportunities for personnel from developing States and those of ISA.

The legal basis for this requirement stems from the provisions of UNCLOS and the 1994 Agreement and is set out in the standard terms of contracts. Its purpose is to ensure that personnel from developing States are provided with appropriate operational expertise to enable them to participate in deep-seabed mining.

Please visit Contractor Training Programme to learn more.

 For additional information, please contact:

Ms. Annekah Mason, Training Coordinator, ISA,