UNOLS Cruise Opportunity Program

  • photo by James Wilkinson
  • photo by Dr. Jennifer Miksis-Olds

Having multiple UNOLS volunteers aboard our ADEON cruise was the difference between ending the cruise as a resounding success as opposed to merely accomplishing the science objectives. - Dr. Jennifer Miksis-Olds UNH

Welcome to the UNOLS Cruise Opportunity Program Webpage!

Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, ship schedules have changed and many cruises have been canceled, postponed or rescheduled. In many cases, science parties are being reduced to allow for improved social distancing once on board a research vessel. For these reasons, some Cruises of Opportunity have been canceled for the time being. To be notified when new opportunities become available, please sign up for our Early Career or Cruises of Opportunity mailing lists. Thank you for your understanding.

The primary goal of the UNOLS Cruise Opportunity Program is to provide graduate students currently completing (or who have recently completed) 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 individual 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 individual must be either currently be studying at a U.S.-based institution or a recent graduate, and must have either a U.S. Passport or a U.S. Work Visa. Please note that you are responsible for paying for your travel to/from the ship (unless otherwise noted), and at this time the UNOLS Office is unable to provide travel funds; however your advisor or institution may have some ideas.

Please review the opportunities and apply by their deadlines listed below. 

Note to PIs:  If you have empty bunks on your cruise, please consider making them available to graduate students. Contact the UNOLS Office to coordinate. Thank you!

To be notified when new cruise opportunities become available, please sign up for the Cruise Opportunity email list

Available Cruise Opportunities