Active Opportunities

Call for Applications CLOSED

The Second Institute of Oceanography, SIO (SIOSOA) in collaboration with the ISA Endowment Fund is offering two at-sea training places to candidates from developing States under its 'International Cooperative study of Seafloor Sulphides on Slow & Ultra-slow Spreading Ridges'. The main training contents are geological sampling and geophysical survey of massive sulphides deposits. The cruise will take place onboard “R/V Dayang Yihao” from May to August 2019 for approximately 35 days in the China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association (COMRA) contract area for polymetallic sulphides in the southwest Indian Ridge.

The general requirements of the candidates are as follows:

  1. Education: Bachelor's degree (or higher) in the field of geology, geophysics, geochemistry or equivalent educational background;
  2. Language: sufficient knowledge of English for daily communication attested by certificate;
  3. Health: good physical and mental health suitable to work at sea;
  4. Age: less than 45 years; and
  5. Others: seagoing experience (preferred but not essential).

SIOSOA will cover the relevant costs for the trainees including: ♦ International airfares (round-trip tickets, economy class); ♦ Accommodations and meals on board; ♦ Allowance; and ♦ Medical insurance.

Applications must be accompanied by:

a)    Application Formdocx | pdf ] to be completed by the applicant;
b)    Copy of degree certificate;
c)    Proof of proficiency in English; and
d)    Copy of CV or Résumé; 
e)    If selected, the trainee will be required to submit a physical examination report signed by a licensed physician, stating that the trainee is physically and mentally fit to participate in the at-sea training.  

All the trainees must sign a confidentiality agreement with SIOSOA and submit a report to SIOSOA at the end of the training.

Completed application forms and attachments should be submitted to the International Seabed Authority in electronic format to by 26 November 2018


Call for Applications: 2018 Summer Programme at the Marco Polo-Zheng He Academy (2-20 July) CLOSED

The summer programme at the Marco Polo-Zheng He Academy of International Oceans Law and Policy offers a series of lectures and workshops on oceans law and policy over three weeks in Xiamen and is co-sponsored by the Xiamen University South China Sea Institute, the Center for Oceans Law and the China Seas and the International Seabed Authority Endowment Fund.

Details of the 2018 Marco Polo-Zheng summer programme together with the applications forms are available on . All queries should be emailed to . 

Deadline for applications is 10 June 2018.

2016 [CLOSED]

Call for Applications: 2016 Xiamen University and Dalian University Summer Programs 

  • - Brochure  EN
    - Poster      EN | CH

Details of the Xiamen Summer Program together with application forms are available on Queries should be emailed to

Details of the Dalian Program together with the application forms are available on the University of Dalian China website. Enquiries should be emailed to

Application deadlines for both Summer Programs is 20 June 2016.

The Xiamen Summer Program will be held 4-15 July in Xiamen and the Dalian Session will be held 18-29 July in Dalian.

The ISA Endowment Fund will provide financial assistance to support selected participants from developing countries. The programs are co-sponsored by the South China Sea Institute, Xiamen University and the School of Law, Dalian Maritime University of China.


  • Workshop:  Biodiversity and connectivity of deep-sea cosystems in areas targeted by deep-sea mining 
    Swakopmund, Namibia, 11 – 21 April 2016


2015 [CLOSED]

  • Call for Applications for ISA Endowment Fund Travel Bursaries to attend the 14th Deep Sea Biology in Symposium in Portugal 31 August - 14 September.  Applications should be submitted to Dr Maria Baker ( and Dr Bhavani Narayanaswamy (
    Deadline for Applications :  Friday 8 May 2015
    Application Form : docx | pdf

UPDATE: 30 October 2015
INDEEP Endowment Fund Bursary Report for the 14th Deep Sea Biology Symposium (Aug-Sept 2015, Portugal)

UPDATE: 29 July 2015 
ISA and INDEEP congratulate bursary winners : 1) Judith Gobin - Trinidad & Tobago; 2) Naiti Morales - Chile; 3) Kerry Sink - South Africa; 4) Mauricio Shimabukuro - Brazil; 5) Ignacio Chiesa - Argentina; 6) Yadong Zhou - China; 7) Eulogio Soto - Chile; 8) Baban Ingole – India

2013  [CLOSED]