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The Explorers Club is proud to be accepting applications on behalf of the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE) Maritime University under the auspices of the Russian Geographical Society. Philanthropist, polar explorer, and Honorary Director Dr. Fredrik Paulsen is sponsoring this Antarctic Circumpolar Research Expedition in 2016-2017.


The ACE Maritime University is offering Masters and early Ph.D. students from the UK, Australia, South Africa, France, Switzerland, Russia, Norway and the USA the opportunity to follow a 3-4 week intensive course onboard the Akademik Treshnikov during a ~25 day transit cruise prior to the expedition. The departure from Bremerhaven (Germany) is planned on November 20th and will arrive in Cape Town, South Africa approximately on December 16th 2016.

Applications will be accepted from graduates with a background in marine sciences. Master level students and Ph.D. students registered at a university in the ACE partner countries (Australia, France, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland, United Kingdom) and the USA are eligible. Five to six US applicants will be selected by The Explorers Club.

Among other areas, students should be interested in studying one or more of the following themes:

• Physical Oceanography
• Biological Oceanography
• Biogeochemistry and the Carbon Cycle
• Atmospheric Science
• Marine Instrumentation
• Data Management and Analysis

There will be 40-45 students onboard together with approximately 20 experienced researchers who will be setting up their equipment for the ACE cruise and will contribute to the teaching/mentoring on the ACE Maritime University expedition. Additionally, the group will be split into 2 groups, each with one coordinator and will do both classroom and practical work.

All costs (including one night in Bremerhaven and Cape Town, and all travel and subsistence will be covered apart from the students’ medical coverage (private or university health insurance) and their outdoor gear for the cruise (which should not require anything exceptional).

Please visit the website to download application form.

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All Applicants should send their application files/forms in one batch to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by May 27th 2016 with a copy to The Explorers Club at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Announcements of awards are expected by early July.

NOTE: The eligibility of applicants is determined by his/her academic affiliation, not his/her nationality (i.e. a Swiss student studying at an Italian university will not be eligible; and an Australian citizen studying in the UK will fall under the UK group, and is eligible).

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