The Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO) offers a shipboard training fellowship programme which is designed to promote training and capacity development building leading towards a global observation scheme for the oceans.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is a challenging obstacle for ocean observing activities. Oceanographic cruises were severely impacted in 2020 and are likely to be disrupted to some degree in the coming months or years.
Nevertheless, we are optimistic that scientific cruises will slowly return to normal activity, and provide training opportunities to early career scientists.
In these uncertain times, it is likely that shipboard placements will be made available at shorter notice than normal. 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 POGO 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 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 2021. For the latter, please consider any dates where you have prior commitments, but disregard local/international COVID-19 imposed travel restrictions at the time of application. These are in constant flux, and will be considered case-by-case when shortlists are compiled.