Exploring the Ocean with Low-Cost Tools

Ocean Discovery League (ODL) is launching a new training program for early career individuals in the Pacific region to address head-on the inefficient, expensive, and inequitable deep sea exploration and research practices that continue to hinder our ability to explore the deep ocean at scale.

This global inequity creates multiple challenges, including shaping research agendas, limited scientific exploration, hindered development of sustainable ocean-based economies, and the exclusion of individuals from appreciating the deep ocean's value. We aim to increase the number of people and community diversity within deep-sea exploration.

Participants will receive comprehensive online training in technical and oceanographic knowledge from international deep-sea science experts. The course will focus on low-cost, accessible approaches to exploring waters deeper than 200 m. It will also assist participants with crafting research proposals incorporating accessible tools and solutions for localized deep-sea exploration.

After the training, attendees will be mentored by deep-sea or regional experts to develop proposals tailored to localized deep-sea exploration, ensuring they are equipped to make meaningful contributions to the field.

The deep sea covers two-thirds of our planet, yet over 99% remains unexplored. Let's discover it together!

Click here for more information about the program, such as eligibility and expectations.
Application Requirements
  • About You
    • Name
    • Email address
    • Country of origin
    • Country of residence
    • Availability (weekdays, 10-11:30 AM Palau time)
    • Request for internet bandwidth subsidy
  • Your Experience (2-page CV or 1200 characters each)
    • Educational background
    • Professional/work experience
    • Skills
    • Accomplishments
  • Short answer questions (2000 characters each)
    • Summarize your career objectives. Explain how participating in this program aligns with your deep-sea research and exploration career goals. Additionally, describe how you plan to utilize the skills acquired from this program to advance your objectives.
    • Describe how your participation in this training could positively impact your community. Specify how you plan to share your knowledge, engage others, or address deep-sea research and exploration gaps pertinent to your local context.
Open applications are now closed. If you are from or living in Palau, the Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa, American Samoa, or CNMI, applications are being accepted on a rolling basis until the program is full.

If you are interested in Accessing the Deep, but have missed the deadline or are not currently eligible, please let us know at community[at]oceandiscoveryleague.org or sign up here to be notified of future opportunities.
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