Nippon Foundation-POGO Centre of Excellence Programme 2023-2024 in Observational Oceanography

Deadline: December 31, 2022

Applications are open for the Nippon Foundation-POGO Centre of Excellence Programme 2023-2024 in Observational Oceanography at Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI). The Nippon Foundation-POGO Centre of Excellence (NF-POGO CofE) provides world class education and training courses in the field of observational oceanography, since 2008.

Starting in 2013, the NF-POGO CofE has been hosted by the Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany’s foremost polar and marine research institution. The next training programme (NF-POGO CofE Phase III) will start in May 2023.

Located in the North Sea, the NF-POGO Centre of Excellence at AWI will be conducted on the offshore island of Helgoland and the UNESCO reserve Waddensea island of Sylt. Helgoland provides opportunities for the study of open-ocean sciences; shelf/basin interactions are topics of study at Sylt.

Course Synopsis

The training will promote excellence in integrated, multidisciplinary oceanography at a global scale. Scholars will receive ten months of training to include one month of formal introductory training, followed by more detailed courses emphasizing core skills (e.g. writing, scientific presentations, statistics and experimental design) and specialised scientific topics such as modelling, remote sensing, ocean-atmosphere interactions. Scholars will also receive training in instrumentation, sample collection and analytical protocols.

Each scholar will conduct an independent research project during the programme. The scientific staff of AWI can mentor research projects in numerous fields as it is large in number and diverse, with strength in many areas of Observational Oceanography; the scientists on Helgoland and Sylt have unique expertise in biology, ecology, time-series work and coastal processes.


  • Scholarships will be provided from NF-POGO through the CofE that cover travel, room, board, tuition, and a modest allowance for those students accepted into the programme.


  • Trainees must have at least a first degree in science.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who currently hold a position in a research or academic institution in a developing country and anticipate returning to the country after completion of training at the NF-POGO Centre of Excellence at AWI.
  • Candidates should demonstrate relevance of their training to ongoing or planned ocean observations in their home country.
  • Preference will be given to those with a leaning towards quantitative analyses of biological, physical, and/or chemical data from the marine environment.


Applications and recommendation letters should be written in English and letters submitted/uploaded in pdf format. Only applications that are complete in all respects will be considered for the scholarship.

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For more information, visit Nippon Foundation-POGO CofE.

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