Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO) will be offering a number of shipboard fellowship opportunities onboard research vessels during 2019. This programme is designed to promote training and capacity building leading towards a global observation scheme for the oceans. Normally, specific calls are made a minimum of six months before the cruise begins, in order to allow time for large numbers of applications to be reviewed, shortlisted candidates to be interviewed, and for the successful applicant to put the necessary paperwork in order, eg visas, travel documents, and essential medical/training certifications.

However, sometimes the POGO shipboard training programme is offered an available berth at shorter notice.

In order to make best use of these opportunities, the POGO Secretariat is issuing an Open Call for applications from any early career scientists, technicians, postgraduate students (PhD or MSc) and Post-doctoral Fellows involved in oceanographic work at centres in developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

The application form asks about the candidate's specific training interests, including geographical areas and research/training topics. It also asks about availability to travel during 2019. The secretariat will maintain a database of all qualified, interested candidates and, as training opportunities become available, will create shortlists by evaulating suitability for the particular project on offer.

The selected candidate will usually have the opportunity to visit the host institution for one month prior to the start of the cruise to participate in cruise preparation and planning; and to go on the cruise. In some cases the fellowship will include one additional month back at the host institution after the cruise for further training in sample and data analysis and interpretation.

CLOSING DATE: This is an open-ended call, and we will review applications as they come in. Candidates will be contacted if they are considered to be suitable matches for shipboard fellowships as they become available.



Our 6-month chick rearing internship is focused on egg management and rearing chicks from hatchling to 1.5kg. The course will equip you with seabird breeding and chick husbandry skills needed for a career in captive breeding or seabird chick rearing and conservation. We are currently truly in need of an individual to start here with us as soon as possible as we are moving into our busy Chick Season!

Please do note these are unpaid internships though the practical hands on skills you learn is a truly unique experience!



The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa has made available 15 scholarships at MSc or PhD level for researchers from South Africa and from the fisheries research institutions partner to the EAF-Nansen Programme, through a grant to Prof Mark J Gibbons at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). These opportunities are in the areas of multifrequency hydroacoustics; jellyfish genetics, taxonomy and biology; the trophic ecology of mesopelagic organisms; and nekton community ecology and population genetics.


Fishery and aquaculture information management specialist

CLOSING DATE: 01 January 2019



The National Research Foundation (NRF) in partnership with Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) invites applications from researchers at South African Universities, Science Councils, other NRF Recognised Research Institutions and DAFF Provincial Research Centres.

The RTF aims to contribute to the following strategic goals:
• Improve the funding mechanism for research and innovation;
• Develop research partnerships;
• Develop new technologies to support small-holder cooperatives in agriculture, forestry and fisheries, technically and in terms of market requirements; and
• Conduct commodity-specific research to support improved products in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries sectors.

CLOSING DATE: 30 November 2018



The Namibian Dolphin Project Volunteer Programme based in Walvis Bay, Namibia, invites SADC students and graduates to join our team for October and November 2018 (only people able to commit for the full period will be considered).

Preference will be given to those with a biology background and with relevant field experience. Volunteers will be directly involved in day to day activities of the research station assisting the field team leader, including data input and processing, public outreach and equipment maintenance.

Volunteers will also have the opportunity to be involved in on-going field work including small-boat surveys (~2 surveys per month), opportunistic surveys from land and tour boats, seal disentanglement, and attendance at any post mortem examinations of stranded cetaceans or turtles that may occur.

Accommodation and training are covered by the project. Food and travel costs to and from Walvis Bay are at the volunteer's own expense.

If you are interested in this opportunity please send a brief motivation and CV to: info@seasearch.co.za . More information can be found on the Namibian Dolphin Project (in Namibia) and Sea Search Research and Conservation (in South Africa) by following these links (www.namibiandolphinproject.org  |  www.seasearch.co.za).

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions regarding this training opportunity.


The Institute for Coastal and Marine Research (CMR) 2017 has released its annual report. The report is available for download:



The NRF has entered into a new partnership agreement with the DFG of Germany to jointly fund International Research Training Groups (IRTGs) between the two countries. IRTGs are structured Doctoral Programmes aimed at training scientists and academics at different stages of their careers, with a particular emphasis on doctoral researchers.

IRTGs promote systematic research cooperation through joint research and qualification programmes as well as through cooperative cross-border supervision of doctoral researchers. A central feature of IRTGs is the coordinated and reciprocal research visits by doctoral researchers at the respective partner institutions.

The German-South African consortium will first need to submit a joint IRTG draft proposal to the DFG, submitted by the German host university. DFG will evaluate this draft proposal according to established procedures for IRTGs.

DFG will inform the NRF of the results of the evaluations, and only positively evaluated proposals will be invited to submit a joint full proposal.

CLOSING DATE: 31 December 2018