2022 NF-POGO-Eurofleets+-DTU Aqua Shipboard Training Fellowship onboard IBTS cruise

General Information

15 Aug 2022 to 2 Sep 2022

The National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua) is responsible for the Danish contribution to the International Bottom Trawl Survey (IBTS) and the Baltic International Trawl Survey (BITS), surveys conducted in the North and Baltic seas, respectively, with the objective of assessment of commercial fish stocks.

IBTS and BITS campaigns are conducted periodically onboard the R/V Dana, a versatile multi-purpose vessel managed by DTU Aqua. During the campaigns, deep-stratified demersal trawls for fish stocks are conducted at daytime and paired with other measurements (e.g., hydrographic, physico-chemical, biological) at night-time.

The database forms the basis for important data which is included in analyzes of fish stocks in the North and Baltic Seas.

Priority areas

The DANA IBTS cruise involve bottom trawling, CTD, water profiles and acoustic sampling in the North Sea

What is offered

During the campaign, deep-stratified demersal trawls for fish stocks are conducted at daytime and paired with other measurements (e.g., hydrographic, physico-chemical, biological) at night-time.

The trainee will collaborate with the scientific crew in all sampling activities during the entirety of the cruise.


Who can apply

This fellowship program is open to 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.

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 and signed by the supervisor.

Please note that the application form includes sections on the applicant's background and training requirements, capacity building intentions and a CV. 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.

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: The deadline for applications for this fellowship is Thursday 9 June 2022 23:59 (UTC+2). All applicants will be informed of the decision within one month of the deadline

Review process

Representatives from POGO, Eurofleets+ and DTU-Aqua will review the applications. In their decision-making, the Selection Committee will consider the following points:

  1. Quality of the application;
  2. Curriculum of the applicant;
  3. Evidence that the training will lead to capacity-building with potential lasting impact on regional observations.


  1. The fellowship DOES cover a round-trip ticket between the home institute of the trainee and the host institution; 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 (if applicable); accommodation in the host institution country; accommodation in the ship departure port (if applicable); seafaring medical and sea survival course (if required).
  2. The fellowship DOES NOT cover expenses incurred by the fellow in their own nation (domestic travel, visa costs, personal insurance etc.), and the host institute will waive ship messing fee and 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 fellowship 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 .