Deep Sea Minerals Training Opportunity

The SPC-EU Deep Sea Minerals Project, in collaboration with the University of Hawaii, is excited to announce applications are open for a 4-month, expenses paid, internship opportunity at the University of Hawai’i at Moana to learn techniques for conducting environment baseline studies and biodiversity evaluation of deep sea manganese nodule ecosystems.


There are two internship positions available to Pacific Island Nationals. The internship will be from late-August to mid-December 2015 at the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, which is one of the world’s leading institutions in oceanographic research, with particular expertise in deep-sea environmental studies.


The interns will work in the laboratory of Dr Craig Smith, an international expert in marine benthic ecology, and will learn techniques for the study of biodiversity in deep seafloor ecosystems. In particular, the interns will analyze macrofaunal samples and megafaunal photo surveys taken in the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone in the East Pacific during baseline studies for evaluating the potential impacts of deep-sea nodule mining ( - a blog of the research cruise currently collecting these samples).


The interns will also take a graduate course Deep-Sea Biology, taught by Dr Craig Smith and Dr Jeff Drazen, where they will learn about biology and ecology of deep-sea organisms and communities. Topics include bentho-pelagic coupling, depth zonation, energetics, diversity, adaptations, hydrothermal vents, seamounts, abyssal plains, deep-sea resource extraction and global climate change.


The SPC-EU DSM Project will provide funding for flights, visas, tuition, accommodation, meals and incidentals equating to ~$15,000 USD per intern.


Applicant Requirements:


  • Keen enthusiasm to learn about the deep sea environments.

  • Citizenship from DSM Project Country (P-ACP State).

  • Bachelor of Science degree (marine biology, ecology, zoology, or related field).

  • Course work or experience in invertebrate zoology.

  • Exceptional English language skills (speaking, reading, writing).

  • A current passport valid until June 2016.

  • Meet the requirements for obtaining a USA visa.



To apply, submit a CV with a cover letter explaining how you meet the above selection criteria and how you will use this opportunity for the betterment of your country. Please send applications, no later than 31 March 2015 to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The successful applicant with be decided upon by the SPC-EU DSM Project and the University of Hawai‘i, and subject to approval by the applicant’s Department of Foreign Affairs.



More information on the SPC-EU Deep Sea Minerals Project and University of Hawai‘i, please visit these websites:

In Service Scholarship to USP and Taiwan

The Public Service Office is pleased to announce that applications are now invited for "2015 In-Service Scholarship to USP and Taiwan" this year.

As a requirement All Ministries, State Owned Entreprises, KANGO and KCCI are required to endorse their permanent employee's application for these two In-Service Scholarship Awards prior submission to PSO.

Application from employees to their respective agencies will be closed on 10th April 2015 and submission will be made to PSO on 30th April 2015.

For your information please contact PSO on 22781 or 22790 during working hours.

Secretary, PSO


The Public Service Office is pleased to announce that National Sun Yat-Sen University (NSYSU) scholarship is now open for Master’s program in electric power engineering. The international Master’s program in Electric power (IMEPE) offers two types of scholarships, one by the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (Taiwan ICDF) to students coming from countries that have diplomatic ties with Taiwan and the other by the University. Applicants must be international students without Taiwan Citizenship. The program was lectured in English and number of seats to compete on is 15. Applicants need to apply online must reach the office of International Affairs at NSYSU

Applicants must prepare

  • Two sealed and signed recommendation letters

  • A study and research plan written in English or Chinese

  • A brief autobiography written in English or Chinese

  • Proof of English or Chinese Proficiency

    • For English Proficiency: iBT-TOEFL score of 61/CBT-TOEFL score of 173/Paper-based TOEFL score of 500 /IELTS score of 5.0

    • For chinese proficiency: TOCFL score level A2, or New HSK score level 2, or certificate(s) indicating a minimum of 360 hours of chinese study in Taiwan (if study overseas, minimum of 720 hours is required)

For further information please or contact

Tel: 886-7-525-2000 ext 4175

Fax: 886-7-525-4199

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