Training Opportunities with the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO)

1. POGO-SCOR Visiting Fellowship scheme

The scheme is designed to promote training and capacity building leading towards a global observation scheme for the oceans, and is aimed at scientists, technicians, graduate students (preferably PhD) and post-doctoral fellows involved in oceanographic work at centres in developing countries and countries with economies in transition (e.g. Commonwealth of Independent States, Eastern Europe).

Priority is given to applicants in early stages of career development. The fellowship offers the opportunity to visit other oceanographic centres for a short period (1 to 3 months) for training on any aspect of oceanographic observations, analyses, and interpretation. It provides financial support to cover the return airfare from the fellow’s home country to the host institution, and a contribution towards accommodation and subsistence for the period of the visit.

For more information go to: http://ocean-partners.org/training-and-education/pogo-scor-fellowship. The deadline for applications is 23 December 2012.


2. POGO-PAP-GreenSeas fellowship for research cruise training

Based on the success of the POGO-AMT cruise fellowship programme, POGO has set up a new fellowship in partnership with the Porcupine Abyssal Plain (PAP) cruise programme and the EU project GreenSeas.

This fellowship programme is open to scientists, technicians, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows involved in oceanographic work at centres in developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

The selected candidate will have the opportunity to visit one of four participating institutes in the UK, Germany or Denmark, for one month prior to the start of the cruise to participate in cruise preparation and planning; to go on the cruise (29 May to 18 June 2013) and help make hydrological, biogeochemical and/or and ecological observations; and after the cruise to spend one additional month at the host institution, learning to analyse the results statistically and interpret them.

The fellowship provides a round-trip ticket to the host country and a stipend for living expenses for up to two months stay in the host country; travel and accommodation associated with joining and returning from the ship; ship messing fee; seafaring medical and sea survival course.

For more information go to: http://ocean-partners.org/training-and-education/research-cruise-training/pap-fellowships. The deadline for applications is 19 December 2012.


3. POGO Visiting Professorship scheme

The Professorship allows short visits (2 weeks to 3 months) of distinguished scientists from advanced oceanographic institutes to institutes in developing countries and countries with economies in transition, to provide training and mentoring, to develop collaborations and enhance networking. The goal of the Visiting Professorship is capacity building in the host institution, leading to enhanced sustained ocean observations to address societal issues of the day. The programme generally funds one Professorship every year.

The programme is open to oceanographic research establishments and educational institutes in developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The proposal must be submitted by a senior scientist from the institute wishing to host the visiting professor, and the application must be made after procuring in writing the willingness of the proposed professor to participate in the programme.

The programme will cover the international travel costs of the professor and a modest honorarium, as well as modest travel and accommodation costs for inviting students or young scientists from neighbouring areas to the host institution. It is preferred that the host institution cover all the local costs for the visiting professor, as a mark of their commitment to the programme.

For more information go to: http://ocean-partners.org/training-and-education/pogo-visiting-professorship. The deadline for applications is 23 December 2012.