Nauru Ocean Resources Inc.

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.




UPDATE (11 November 2021) The following candidates have been selected:


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Issue date: 03 May 2021

Nauru Ocean Resources Inc (NORI) in accordance with its exploration contract for polymetallic nodules is offering one (1) scholarship for a master’s degree Programme in Marine Management, Biology, Environmental Science, Marine Science, Earth Sciences, Geosciences or Geology for a developing State national starting in January 2022.

The NORI Scholarship will cover the direct costs required to complete a Master’s Programme at the Fiji campus of the University of the South Pacific (USP), including tuition, accommodations, roundtrip economy class airfare and a living allowance. The Master Programme at USP typically takes 12-18 months to complete. In addition to financial support, the Scholarship recipient will be offered access to NORI’s resources which may include access to offshore opportunities and staff if these can assist with the recipient’s studies. 

Applicants are required to: 

  • Be from a developing State (with preference given to Pacific Island Nations with an interest to develop a research project involving polymetallic nodules; 
  • Hold an existing relevant undergraduate degree and meet USP Master’s Programme entry requirements: (;
  • Ability to speak and write in English proficiently; 
  • Hold or be able to secure a passport; 
  • Maintain good academic standing throughout the scholarship; and 
  • Submit a written summary at the end of the Master Programme and participate in a NORI training video

Applications should be submitted by the 27 September 2021 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 Form [ docx | pdf ] to be completed by the applicant;

2. Nomination Form [ docx | pdf ] completed by the nominating government or institution;

3. Certificate of a bachelor’s degree;

4. Proof of proficient knowledge of English;

5. Copy of CV or Résumé;

6. One recommendation letter; and

7. Proof that the applicant has met USP’s application criteria.

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.