Ministry of Earth Sciences

The manual application forms for training have been phased out. All applications should be completed using the web form. Applicants are required to use the online portal to submit applications together with a copy of your passport photo, the signed nomination form indicating preference for either the geological or environmental programme, degree/certificate and résumé.



UPDATE (19 November 2021) The following candidates have been selected:


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Gabriel Cardillo












3 Jameal Magno M Philippines  Asia-Pacific  
4 Paul Caesar M. Flores M Philippines  Asia-Pacific  
5 Daisy Kipkoech F Kenya  African  
6 Hasina Ramaroson M Madagascar  African     SIDS
7 Muhyideen Hamza M Nigeria  African  
8 Jeremy B. Donaire Zamora M Chile  GRULAC  
9 Taiwo Bolaji M Nigeria  African  


Re-Advertised 30 June 2021

Extended Deadline for applications: 11 October 2021


The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) of the Government of India, in accordance with its contract for exploration for polymetallic nodules signed with the International Seabed Authority (ISA), is offering nine (9) online training opportunities to candidates from developing States under its 2021 training programme. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related constraints, the originally intended at-sea training programme has now been converted to a seven weeks online training course covering the following deep-sea mining related areas pertinent to polymetallic nodules (PMN): Survey and exploration; Environment monitoring and impact assessment; UNCLOS and marine policy; Mining technology development; Research ships and ship management; Ocean state data collection, analysis, modelling and forecasting; Extractive Metallurgy and related developments; Marine mining and exploitation. Practical aspects of the training and lab work would be demonstrated through training videos. The training is expected to commence on 1 December 2021.

The objective of the training is to develop expertise and national capacities in the field of marine sciences and environment, mining technology development and technology for extractive metallurgy.

Applicants are required to:

  • Hold minimum under-graduate degree (bachelors) 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.
  • Have minimum work experience of two years in the relevant field.
  • Have proficient knowledge of English for conversation, writing and understanding to enable training.
  • Over 30 years of age.

At the end of the training, trainees will be required to submit a report to MoES (India)  and ISA outlining the training completed; the benefits of the training opportunity; the knowledge gained; and how the training will advance their career and/or education. Trainees will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement with MoES (India).

Applications should be submitted by email, in one of the official languages of ISA at the latest by the 11 October 2021 through the online training portal. Users applying through the online portal, must remember to upload a copy of a passport photo, the signed nomination form indicating the degree/certificate and résumé; OR via email to, using the forms below.

Applications must be accompanied by:

  1. Application form ( docx | pdf )  to be completed by the applicant;
  2. Nomination form ( docx | pdf ) to be completed by the institution or governmental department; 
  3. Copy of degree certificate;
  4. Proof of proficient knowledge of English
  5. Copy of CV or Résumé

One of the Voluntary Commitments made by the ISA at the UN Ocean Conference 2017 was “Enhancing the role of women in marine scientific research through capacity building”. We therefore strongly encourage suitably qualified women to apply for these training opportunities.