Indigenous Time at Sea Scholarships (ITSS)
The Indigenous Time at Sea Scholarship is an initiative of the Marine National Facility (MNF) under the CSIRO Indigenous Engagement Strategy which seeks to significantly increase Indigenous employment and engagement nationally within CSIRO. Through this strategy, CSIRO aims to enhance the educational, employment, training and career development opportunities for people of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.
Funded by the Australian Government, owned and operated by CSIRO under direction of an independent Steering Committee, the MNF provides a blue-water research capability to the Australian scientific community and their international collaborators. This capability includes the research vessel Investigator. An opportunity exists for two university students to undertake a work placement with the MNF on board the RV Investigator for a research voyage from Darwin to Fremantle as part of the science contingent and MNF technical services team.
The voyage will provide the opportunity to gain a unique experience on Australia’s only blue water research vessel to facilitate skill development and networking, while gaining exposure to methods and techniques applicable to careers in marine science and the maritime industry more broadly.
Up to AU$1,559.85 per fortnight (before tax). The costs of the voyage, including the costs of travel to and from commencing and terminating points and accommodation, will be covered by the MNF.
Indigenous Time at Sea Scholarships are open to students who are:
- enrolled in full-time study in an undergraduate or postgraduate degree course in a STEM discipline (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) at an Australian university;
- of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent; and
- be able to pass a seagoing medical, attend pre-voyage meetings and complete additional pre-departure materials.