InterRidge (IR) a non-profit organisation concerned with promoting all aspects of mid-ocean ridge research (their study, use and protection) which can be achieved by international cooperation has announced its partnership with the International Seabed Authority Endowment Fund for the Interidge Student and Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for 2009-2011.

The ISA Endowment Fund is a new program for collaborative marine science research. The mission of the Endowment Fund is to support the participation of qualified scientists and technical personnel from developing countries in marine research activities and to provide opportunities for collaboaration by these persons.

The ISA Endowment Fund will provide funding for two InterRidge Student and Postdoctoral Fellowships each year for the next three years.