Where better to conduct your thesis or dissertation research in the ocean sciences than at BIOS?  Home to multiple long-term research projects and time-series studies, BIOS offers graduate students the ability to tap into years (and, in some cases, decades) of data records and contribute to the growing body of research on issues ranging from ocean acidification to nutrient cycling, from the global carbon pump to coral health.

For graduate students interested in conducting their thesis or dissertation research in biological, chemical, or physical oceanography, or on a particular aspect of subtropical, shallow-water environments, BIOS offers two types of graduate internships based upon students' home academic institutions.

Southampton University (UK) and Princeton University

Students at these universities must identify a faculty member at BIOS, as well as a faculty member at their respective institution, who will serve as co-advisors.  Interested students must apply through the graduate programs at Southampton University or Princeton University.  We welcome direct inquiries to BIOS faculty for students interested in working at BIOS as a graduate researcher in either of these programs.

Graduate Students in Other Programs

Students enrolled in a Ph.D. or M.S. program at an accredited university in the US, UK, or Canada are welcome to apply for graduate internships at BIOS.  These internships usually involve the development of a project with a BIOS faculty member—possibly in collaboration with faculty at the student’s home institution—rather than working on an existing project.

Application Information

If you're interested in a graduate internship at BIOS, and not a student at Southampton or Princeton, the application procedure is as follows:

  1. Match your research interest with a BIOS faculty member. The key to participating in the graduate internship program is finding a faculty member at BIOS who will agree to be a co-advisor for your thesis or dissertation.
  2. Send the BIOS faculty member an informal letter of interest and a research proposal.  Faculty may, at a later date, request a formal letter of interest, full research proposal, graduate transcripts, and two letters of recommendation.
  3. If the BIOS faculty member agrees, check with your advisor at your home institution to ensure they support your proposal.
  4. Your BIOS advisor will assist you with arranging accommodation at BIOS and will discuss other administrative matters, including supporting yourself financially while in Bermuda.
  5. Foreign nationals traveling to Bermuda do not require an entry visa. However, proof of residency or a valid Multi Re-Entry Visa for the USA, UK, or Canada may be required for non-US/UK/Canadian citizens, depending upon your country of origin. Please review Immigration Information to check the Bermuda Department of Immigration requests.