2023 NF-POGO Open Call for Shipboard Training Fellowships

General Information

3 Feb 2023 to 30 Nov 2023

Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO) will be offering a number of shipboard fellowship opportunities onboard research vessels during 2023. This programme is designed to promote training and capacity building leading towards a global observation scheme for the ocean.

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 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 issues annual Open Calls 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 2023. For the latter, candidates are asked to consider any dates where they may have prior commitments. 

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.


Priority areas

Dependent on each particular fellowship opportunity.  Suitable candidates will be contacted with further details.

What is offered

Dependent on each particular fellowship opportunity. Besides participating in the cruise, the selected candidate may 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/or one additional month back at the host institution after the cruise for further training in sample and data analysis and interpretation.


Who can apply

This fellowship program is open to early career scientists, technicians, postgraduate students (PhD or MSc) and Post-doctoral Fellows who are nationals of and involved in oceanographic work in developing countries and countries with economies in transition..

For a list of currently eligible countries, visit this page on the OECD website.

How to apply


Fellowship applicants should complete and submit the electronic application form (click on the APPLY HERE link at bottom of this section) together with a digital copy of the recommendation letter from the parent supervisorThe recommendation letter must be provided in English, on institutional letterhead, dated and signed by the supervisor.

Please identify the files with your name and file type (e.g. Charles Darwin_Letter of Recommendation)

Please note that the application form includes sections on the applicant's background and training requirements, capacity building intentions, a CV, and a fellowship proposal. In case of unstable internet connections, we recommend preparing this text in an offline document, then copy-pasting into the online form.

If short-listed, the candidate may be asked to undergo an informal telephone/video conferencing interview. If selected, the candidate will be required to post hard copy of the parent supervisor recommendation letter to the POGO Secretariat in the UK.

Applications and recommendation letters must be written in English and letters submitted/uploaded in pdf format. It is recommended that descriptive sections be limited to about 100 - 150 words and no more than 500 words. 

Only applications that are complete in all respects will be considered for the Fellowship.

Deadline: 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.

Review process

Representatives from POGO and the host institution will review the applications. In their decision-making, the Selection Committee will consider the following points:

  1. Quality of the application/proposal;
  2. Curriculum of the applicant;
  3. Evidence that the training will lead to capacity-building with potential lasting impact on regional observations;
  4. Relevance (i.e., research interests of applicant match with cruise objective).

Applications will only be considered if:

  1. They are completely written in English;
  2. The applicant has a background and/or is currently working in Marine Sciences;
  3. Recommendation letters should be specific to shipboard training, on institutional letterhead, dated and signed by the supervisor.


  1. The fellowship will provide the costs of a round-trip ticket between the home institute of the trainee and the host institution (by the most economical route); subsistence allowance for up to 2 month’s stay in the host country depending on the particulars of the proposed training; the flight to and from the departure port; accommodation in the host institution country; accommodation in the ship departure port; ship messing fee; seafaring medical and sea survival course.
  2. The trainee’s institute will bear all expenses incurred by the fellow in his/her own nation (domestic travel, visa costs, personal insurance etc.), and the host institute will waive any bench fees that they may normally charge trainees.
  3. POGO assumes no responsibility for compensation in the event of sickness, accident, death or disability of a Fellowship holder, nor does it arrange for insurance of a trainee or reimburse premiums paid therefore. It is the responsibility of the trainee to arrange travel insurance to cover the time taken to travel to the ship and for the subsequent return home, as well as to ensure suitable insurance cover is provided by the parent institute for the duration of the cruise.
  4. The trainees are not considered agents or members of the staff of POGO, and shall not be entitled to any privileges, immunities, compensation or reimbursements, except as otherwise provided herein, nor are the trainees authorised to commit POGO to any expenditure or other obligation.
  5. The trainee and the supervisors at the parent and host institutes are required to provide a short progress report at the end of the training period, to evaluate the success of the fellowship programme. 
  6. By registering you agree that the personal data provided will be used to communicate with you about the training, and for POGO internal procedures and reporting. We limit access to and use of your personal data to authorised persons only, in line with POGO Privacy Policy .