KINGSTON, JAMAICA  15 November  2010 – – The International Seabed Authority/Tongji University scholarship application deadline has been extended to 31 January 2011.

The Scholarships Programme will provide  funding for  3 – 5 candidates from developing countries in the field of marine sciences to pursue Masters or Doctorate degrees in Marine Science at the Tongji University in Shanghai, China.

Applicants for the Masters degrees under the ISA-Tongji University scholarships programme must have a bachelor’s degree in geology, chemistry or biology, must be under the age of 35. Applications for the Doctoral degrees must also have a Masters degree in geology, chemistry or biology and must be under the age of 40. Applicants must be nationals of developing countries.

All applications must be submitted to the International Seabed Authority. The Authority will compile a list of qualified applicants from which a shortlist will be drawn up on the basis of qualifications and admission requirements agreed with Tongji University.