Applications are now open for the International Seabed Authority (ISA) contractor training programme (2019-2020) for candidates from developing countries.

ISA is calling for Bachelor, Master and PhD graduates from a range of disciplines including zoology, marine biology, geology, geophysics, environment, law and marine/ocean policy to take part in on-land and at-sea placements, along with trainee fellowships, internships and professional development training (see full list below).

The contractor training programme is offered as part of ISA’s mandate under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to promote and encourage marine scientific research. Under UNCLOS, ISA contractors are required to provide and fund practical, hands-on programmes for trainees from developing States in activities in the Area covered by the contract.

Over the last six years, 145 placements have been awarded as part of the training programme, including: at-sea training, Master and PhD programmes, dredging seminars, taxonomy workshops, engineering courses, legal fellowships and internships.

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Current opportunities

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