Nominations are now open for nine online training opportunities for candidates from developing States Members of the International Seabed Authority (ISA). The placements are provided by the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) of the Government of India, in accordance with its obligations under its exploration contract for polymetallic nodules with ISA.

ISA is calling for nomination of candidates with a minimum of an under-graduate degree (bachelor) in science (marine geology, marine geophysics or oceanography) or engineering (marine, mechanical, mechatronics, mining, electrical or metallurgy) or an equivalent educational qualification in deep-sea research and development. Candidates must also have a minimum work experience of two years in a relevant field as well as a good command of English.

The training is expected to commence on 6 September 2021 and aims to develop expertise and national capacities in the field of marine sciences and the environment, mining technology development and technology for extractive metallurgy.

Please visit this link for more information and to apply. Applications by qualified candidates should be received no later than 05 August 2021.


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

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 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 this page to know more about the Contractor Training Programme.


For additional information, please contact:

Ms. Annekah Mason, Training Coordinator, ISA,