On 14 July 2022, the Legal and Technical Commission of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) confirmed the selection of one (1) candidate for an internship opportunity provided by L’Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la Mer (Ifremer) in accordance with its obligations under its exploration contract for polymetallic nodules with ISA.

The selected candidate is Mr. Santosh Gaikwad from India.

The selected candidate will benefit from an internship in Environmental Studies. The internship will take place within the deep-sea ecosystems studies laboratory of Ifremer, in Brest, for a duration of two months (approximately from mid-October to mid-December 2022).


All contractors with ISA have a legal obligation to provide and fund practical training opportunities for personnel from developing States and those of ISA, including the participation of such personnel in all activities in the Area which are covered by the contract.

The legal basis for the requirement stems from the provisions of UNCLOS and the 1994 Agreement and is set out in the standard terms of exploration contracts signed with ISA.

Please visit this page to know more about the Contractor Training Programme.

For additional information, please contact:

Ms. Annekah Mason, Training Coordinator, ISA, training@isa.org.jm