The Indigenous Time at Sea Scholarship (ITSS) program offers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students the opportunity to participate in research voyages on Australia’s blue-water research vessel Investigator.

Striving to increase access to STEM education

CSIRO and the Marine National Facility (MNF) are striving to increase access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. In a new initiative, university students will be given the opportunity to join research voyages on RV Investigator through an Indigenous Time at Sea Scholarship (ITSS).

The ITSS program offers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students the opportunity to participate in research voyages on Australia's blue-water research vessel Investigator. The program offers students a unique opportunity to gain experience on a state-of-the-art marine research vessel, supporting Australia's atmospheric, oceanographic, biological and geosciences research from the tropical north to the Antarctic ice-edge.

The ITSS program brings students on board RV Investigator to work alongside scientists and technicians.  ©Asher Flatt

The ITSS program brings students on board RV Investigator to work alongside scientists and technicians to assist with research and gain valuable at-sea research experience. The program will support two students on identified voyages, who will work together, as well as with on-board and on-shore mentors. Students will also be provided with ongoing support, mentoring and the potential for employment opportunities to continue their engagement with CSIRO.

How do I apply?

The ITSS program is open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at an Australian university. Students must be over the age of 18 and must be studying in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields at the time of their voyage. Two students will be chosen for each voyage.

The costs of the program, including transport and accommodation to and from departure and arrival ports, will be covered by the MNF. The inaugural voyage in the program will be a research voyage from Darwin to Fremantle in December 2019 - January 2020.

Further details about the voyage and application process will be available in June 2019.

Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners and Country

The MNF acknowledges Australia's Traditional Owners and pays respect to the past and present Elders of the nation's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We honour and celebrate the spiritual, cultural and customary connections of Traditional Owners to country and its surrounding seas and oceans.

Further information

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Engagement Programs Coordinator - NATL COLLECTIONS & MARINE INFRASTRUCTURE

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