Summer at Sea
Spend a semester cruising the Pacific Ocean aboard the research sailing vessel Statsraad Lehmkuhl

The Ocean Frontier Institute will fully fund two students, one from Dalhousie and one from Memorial University of Newfoundland, to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Overview

The Ocean Frontier Institute will fully fund two students, one from Dalhousie and one from Memorial University of Newfoundland, to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

The course departs Valparaíso in Chile on May 1, 2022 and ends in Palau on August 25, 2022. Participating students will be a part of the crew and will study topics on ocean, climate, and society related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, especially 'SDG 14 Life Below Water' and 'SDG 13 Climate Action'. This interdisciplinary course will focus on the main topics of:

  • Ocean and how we can conserve and use it for sustainable development
  • Climate and understanding of the underlying physical processes that impact climate variation, consequences of climate change on society, and the solutions
  • Society and sustainability challenges in a social, cultural, and legal context

Criteria

Bachelor and Masters students (except first-year Bachelor students) in the following faculties:

Dalhousie University (one placement): Agriculture, Arts & Social Sciences, Engineering, Law, Management, Science

Memorial University of Newfoundland (one placement): Humanities & Social Sciences, Science

How to apply

Applicants must submit a 1. CV (max. 4 pages) together with a 2. letter of motivation (max. 500 words) where they explain:

  • Why they wish to attend the course and how it relates to their interests and experience (academic and other) and their future plans
  • How they may contribute to the student community and the learning environment
  • How they have contributed to or promoted equity, diversity, inclusion in their educational, employment, and/or volunteer experience
  • The challenges of staying four months away from home under the special circumstances on board Statsraad Lehmkuhl

In addition, the applicants must submit a 3. communications plan on how they will promote the OFI before, during, and after the expedition (e.g. blog, documentary, etc.; max. 500 words).

Selection criteria

  • CV and motivation letter
  • Proposal on OFI promotion
  • Academic diversity and interdisciplinary approach
  • Academic Excellence
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion

Application deadline September 30th, 2021. Shortlisted candidates may be invited to an interview. Selection will be made by staff at the Ocean Frontier Institute, and only those who were selected will get notified.

Responsibilities for successful applicants

The successful applicants are responsible for checking whether and how many course credit points the participating faculties will grant. The successful applicants are also responsible for making travel arrangements within the funding provided by the OFI.

Identify with an equity deserving group

The Ocean Frontier Institute is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The OFI encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community.

Contact information

For further information please contact:

Dr. Carl Peters
Research Programs Manager
Email: carl.peters@oceanfi.ca
Telephone: +1 902 999 3165

Course information