APPLY: Postgraduate Certificate in Ocean Bathymetry (Scholarship)


APPLY: Postgraduate Certificate in Ocean Bathymetry (Scholarship)

Deadline: March 31, 2017


Training programme: Postgraduate Certificate in Ocean Bathymetry at the University of New Hampshire, USA (2017-2018)

The Nippon Foundation of Japan has provided funding for GEBCO to train a new generation of scientists and hydrographers in ocean bathymetry. The 12-month course, leading to a Postgraduate Certificate in Ocean Bathymetry (PCOB), has been held at the University of New Hampshire, USA since 2004. Further details about the course are available below. Find out more from project pages at the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping (CCOM) at the University of New Hampshire.


The application process is now open for entry onto the course in August 2017.


Access a preliminary application form (23 KB). The closing date for applications is 31st March 2017.


Further information about the course is given below.


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Introductory statement and description

The General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) has been funded by the Nippon Foundation, based in Tokyo, Japan, to carry out the training of ocean bathymetrists. GEBCO has formal links to the scientific and hydrographic communities through the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO and the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO).


Bathymetry contributes substantially to solving societal problems. For example, the demand for accurate and up-to-date bathymetric charts and gridded data sets is increasing in the fields of oceanographic modelling to predict ocean circulation and its impact on climate, modelling that predicts tides and tsunami propagation, evaluating fisheries resources and habitats, assessing the impact of coastal sediment transport and pollution, geological modelling of ocean basin evolution, delineating the limits of the Continental Shelf (UNCLOS) and assisting the International Seabed Authority to manage the oceans. GEBCO charts are routinely used as base maps in every day planning on a regional scale and, often on a global scale, as wall charts wherever marine scientists gather to discuss their work.


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Eligibility and application process

Students for the PCOB will be selected by a competitive application process. Minimum qualifications for acceptance are a four year undergraduate degree in a related science or engineering discipline and proof of ability to successfully complete graduate level courses conducted in English. Potential applicants are advised that the candidates selected for previous years’ programs have possessed more than these minimum qualifications. Applicants are also advised that the intense coursework requires ease and fluidity in written and spoken English. The selection process will aim at choosing candidates from a wide geographic distribution of coastal countries.


From the applications, a selection committee will establish a short list of the most suitable applicants, who will be interviewed by Skype or similar software. Based on the interviews, some candidates’ home organisations will be asked about their future participation in GEBCO and deep ocean bathymetry. Based on their qualifications expressed in the application, the interviews and the support of their home organisation, six students will be selected to enroll in the Postgraduate Certificate Program at the University of New Hampshire’s Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center (CCOM/JHC) in Durham, New Hampshire, USA. The selected students must meet the minimum international entry requirements established by the Graduate School of the University of New Hampshire.


The Course Director and the University of New Hampshire’s Office of International Students and Scholars will help the selected students through all immigration and application processes. All fees associated with the application process (for the student) will be covered by the Training Project.


Housing. Graduate Students normally live on campus at Babcock Hall. This residence is for single students only. Accommodation for married students is not plentiful in the Durham area. Applicants are strongly advised not to bring family with them. The cost of housing and subsistence must be paid directly by the student.


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Finances and fees

Tuition and fees will be paid directly by the Training Project. In addition to the tuition and fees, the Training Project will also provide each selected student with

  1. An annual stipend of US$24,000. “Under review”
  2. Computer hardware, software and textbooks necessary to complete the course.
  3. One return airfare for the student to cover travel to UNH from the student’s home base at the beginning of the program and back to the student’s home base at the end of the program.
  4. Return airfare and living expenses for the student for one trip to obtain work experience at another institution active in bathymetry (subject to opportunities).
  5. Return airfare and living expenses for the student to participate in a data collection cruise on a research or survey ship (subject to opportunities).


All other costs must be met by the student.


Further information

Requests for further information should be sent to the Course Director.

A preliminary application form can be downloaded here. (23 KB). The closing date for applications is 31st March 2017.


Scholarship website.


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  1. Jacinta 4 months ago May 24, 2017

    Hi Team,
    I am very excited to have come accross this postgraduate scolarship programe for Ocean Bathymetry sponsard by The Nippon Foundation of Japan and and i am interested to apply.

    I understand that application for the 12 months program for 2017 – 2018 has closed. However, I would like to know the date of when the application will be open again for nest year.

    I come from Papua New Guinea, one of the largest island nation in the Pacific, and is currently employed by PNG National Maritime Safety Authory, which regulates shipping industry in PNG. I graduated with a Batchelor degree in Geography and Environmetal and specialised in GIS (Geographic Information System). Iam a graduate trainee working under the Hydrography Division of the organisation and assisting in GIS data analysis and Nautical chart distribution.

    With my background of knowledge, i feel getting this course will enhance my skill and carrer path.

    Thankyou and i look forward to hear from you.


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