NORI Master’s Degree Scholarship

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 one of the following areas:  Marine Management, Biology, Environmental Science, Marine Science, Earth Sciences, Geosciences or Geology for a developing State candidate starting in January 2021.

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, visa and travel insurance, if required as well as 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.

ISA member States are encouraged to nominate qualified candidates from developing countries, for the training programme and should give assurance that:

  • All information supplied by the candidate is complete and correct;
  • The candidate will be made available at the time and for the period required for the training;
  • The candidate will be placed on leave of absence with pay for the duration of the period of the training (if applicable);
  • Upon successful completion of the training, the candidate will be appropriately employed in their professional capacity or in a related field.

Applicants are required to: 

  • Be from a developing State with preference given to Pacific Island Nations and applicants interested in developing a research project involving polymetallic nodules;
  • Hold an existing relevant undergraduate degree and meet USP Master’s Programme entry requirements (qualification requirements starts at page 102)  (;
  • 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.

Nb: Once selected for the scholarship, the recipient will then need to go through the USP admission process.

Applications should be submitted by the 3 August 2020 deadline through:

  • 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.

Nominations must be accompanied by:

  1. Application Forms to be completed by the applicant;
  2. A Nomination Form  [ docx | pdf ]  completed by the nominating government or institution;
  3. Proof of meeting USP academic and language requirements
  4. Copy of CV or Résumé;
  5. Two recommendations letters. 

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 this training opportunity.