Marawa Research and Exploration

The manual application forms for training have been phased out. All applications should be completed using the web form. Applicants are required to use the online portal to submit applications together with a copy of your passport photo, the signed nomination form indicating preference for either the geological or environmental programme, degree/certificate and résumé.


Issue Date: 19 March 2021

Marawa Research and Exploration Ltd. is pleased to offer two (2) environmental at-sea on-board placements to Developing States candidates with a background and interest in marine science, and or oceanography (chemical, biological, microbial).

UPDATE (03 May 2021) The following candidates have been selected:

First Ranked    
1. Jude Ofosu Male Ghana
2. Patricia Sarcinelli Stelzer Female Brazil
1. Md. Mostafa Monwar Male Bangladesh
2. Mariana Cullell Delgado Female Costa Rica
3. Miriam Chantal Rodriguez Lanza Female Mexico
4. Julianto H. Hamonangan Male Indonesia
5. Joaquim Bento Male Brazil
6. Tiein Taebo Female Kiribati

The offshore environmental campaign will be for approximately three weeks and will be conducted in partnership with Nauru Ocean Resources Inc (NORI). The port of departure will be San Diego (USA).  The tentative scheduled departure date is 20 June 2021. The exact timing and dates of the campaign(s) will be confirmed closer to departure.

Candidates must meet the following requirements:

Education / Experience:

  • Possess at a minimum a relevant bachelor’s degree in oceanography, marine science, environmental science, or have an equivalent educational background;
  • Demonstrated interest in marine science (particularly the deep sea), the seafloor minerals industry and ocean sustainability; and
  • Demonstrate the ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team in an offshore environment. Offshore experience will be prioritized;

LanguageDemonstrate a sound knowledge of spoken and written English;


  • Be able to secure a VISA to the United States of America (Supporting documents provided by Marawa);
  • Complete an offshore fitness certification process
  • Successfully complete the offshore safety & survival training (STCW code); and
  • Agree to abide by and follow COVID safety protocols.

At the end of the training, trainees will be required to submit a report to Marawa and the International Seabed Authority outlining the training completed; the benefits of the training opportunity; the knowledge gained; and how the training will advance their career and or further studies.

Marawa undertakes to cover the following costs associated with the training:

  • Travel, accommodation, insurance, VISA costs and meals;
  • Offshore survival training and medical;
  • Personal protective equipment;
  • COVID testing; and
  • Any reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred by the candidate in relation to this training programme.

COVID-19 Health and Safety

Safety is the priority of Marawa and its partners. Marawa is partnering with NORI and Maersk Supply Services to offer this training opportunity. Both organizations have safely conducted multiple offshores campaigns during the last 12 months. COVID-19 safety protocols have been developed and successfully implemented to ensure the safety of all participating.

Applications should be submitted by the 9 April 2020 deadline through:

  • the online training portal. Users applying through the online portal (see below), must remember to upload a copy of a passport photo, the signed nomination form, degree/certificate, résumé/CV and other supporting document;  OR
  • via email, in one of the official languages of the Authority, to using the forms below.

Applications must be accompanied by:

  1. Application Forms (docx | pdf) to be completed by the applicant;
  2. Nomination Form ( docx | pdf ) to be completed by the institution or governmental department;
  3. Copy of degree certificate;
  4. Proof of proficiency in English;
  5.  Copy of CV or Résumé; and
  6. A one-page statement of purpose demonstrating interest in the seafloor minerals industry and ocean sustainability (this could be from an environmental, engineering, or scientific perspective)

One of the Voluntary Commitments made by the ISA at the UN Ocean Conference 2017 was "Enhancing the role of women in marine scientific research through capacity building" - we therefore strongly encourage suitably qualified females to apply for these training opportunities.