Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation - CFC

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.


Issued 29 July 2021

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation pursuant to its contract for the exploration for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts signed with ISA on 10 March 2015 is offering five (5) internship training placements to candidates from developing States under its 2021/2022 training programme. These opportunities are comprised of: 

  1. Three (3) internship placements for theoretical training; and
  2. Two (2) internship placements for theoretical and practical at-sea onboard training. 

The theoretical training is to be held in the fourth quarter of 2021 (second half of October) under the programme “Exploration and development of mineral resources of the World Ocean – Exploration and development of mineral resources of the ocean” at St. Petersburg State University, Russia. The full course will include 120 academic hours: lectures (94 hours) and self-preparation (24 hours). The total duration of the theoretical course is approximately two to three (2-3) weeks. The format of the theoretical training - full time or virtual- in St. Petersburg will be determined taking into account the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic at the time scheduled for the training.

The practical at-sea training will be carried out in 2022 onboard a research vessel in the Russian exploration area in the Pacific Ocean for one stage (leg) of a cruise with a duration of approximately 60 days. The exact cruise dates will be confirmed in 2022.

In addition to the direct cost of training to include travel and insurance, the Contractor undertakes to cover the following costs:

♦ accommodation and meals during the training in St. Petersburg;

♦ transportation to and from accommodation to the research vessel; and

♦ accommodation and meals onboard the research vessel during the cruise.

Candidates must meet the following requirements: 

  1. Education: Bachelor’s degree or work experience in marine geology, engineering or technical research;
  2. Language: Must be fluent in English, elementary Russian recommended.    
  3. If selected for the training, trainees must provide proof of a valid medical certificate certifying their suitability to work at-sea.

Trainees will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement with the Contractor and will receive certificates on the successful completion of the training programme. Additionally, the trainees must submit reports on their training to ISA and the Contractor.

Applications should be submitted not later than 25 August 2021 either through:

(i)     The online training portal.  Users applying through the online portal, must upload a copy of a passport photo, the signed nomination, degree / certificates and résumé; or

(ii)    Email, in one of the two working languages (English or French) of ISA Secretariat, to using the correct forms below.

  • Application form (docxpdf) to be completed by the applicant;
  •  Nomination form (docxpdf) to be completed by the institution or governmental department; 
  • Copy of Degree Certificate
  • Proof of English
  • Copy of CV or Résumé


One of the Voluntary Commitments that the ISA made 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 female to apply for these training opportunities.