The primary goal of the UNOLS Cruise Opportunity Program is to provide graduate students currently completing a degree in a field of oceanographic research with the opportunity to participate in a research cruise. The participant will be a member of the scientific party and be involved in data collection and all other activities at sea. It is envisioned that the graduate student will be familiar with the science to be conducted at sea, and thus, form new collaborations and potentially develop new research directions. To be eligible to participate in this program, the graduate student must currently be studying at a U.S.-based institution and have either a U.S. Passport or a U.S. Work Visa.
To apply for the UNOLS Cruise Opportunity Program, please follow the instructions below. It is important that you refer to the UNOLS Cruise Opportunity Page before applying to determine which (if any) of the cruises are aligned with your field of study. At this time we cannot cover the cost of traveling to and from the ship (unless otherwise indicated), but there will be no other costs associated with participating on the cruise.
· Complete and submit the following application form.
· Submit a .pdf of your Curriculum Vitae with this application form. An applicant's C.V. should include educational history (degrees and dates awarded), employment experience (including any internships), and any authored or co-authored journal articles, abstracts, or other publications related to the research objectives of the cruise.
· Submit a .pdf copy of a Faculty Advisor Recommendation. Applicants must include a letter from their primary advisor. The letter should document the student’s scientific experience and detail how participation on the cruise would fit into their graduate degree program.
Please write the title of the cruise(s) you wish to apply for, you can apply to multiple cruises at once.
The working conditions aboard a research vessel may include outdoor weather conditions; a non-stable environment (i.e. pitching, heaving, and rolling decks); noisy
environments; and moving, lifting, and carrying heavy objects.
A safe and respectful working environment is one free from physical or verbal abuse or assault, intimidation, coercion, threats, gender, race-based, or sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, or behavior that endangers the health and safety of oneself or others.