This Call is Now Closed: Training Through Research Surveys 2018

Training Through Research Surveys (TTRS) is a collaboration with the Marine Institute that increases national capacity in offshore marine research by offering seagoing placements for students of marine related sciences and technologies on the national research vessels, RV Celtic Explorer and RV Celtic Voyager.

Placements are on dedicated annual research surveys and are intended primarily for marine oriented graduates, postgraduate students and early stage researchers from higher education institutes across the Island of Ireland.  Joining a TTRS survey is an opportunity to gain offshore experience, develop new skills and learn on the job with established research scientists and research leaders.  

2018 TTRS Surveys

If TTRS sounds like an opportunity to advance your career, research or study interests please follow the links below for survey details.

Advantages of Participating in TTRS

  • Gain seagoing experience
  • Join and participate a team of experienced marine scientists on a dedicated research survey
  • Contribute to the surveys goals
  • Learn multidisciplinary and topic specific field skills and competencies
  • Establish new professional contacts and extend networks


To apply to join a TTRS survey please complete  the online application form here.

To read previous participant's experience of TTRS please visit the SMART blog.

TTRS participants are responsible for costs incurred in travelling to and from survey ports. 


  • Applicants should be marine oriented graduates, postgraduate students or reasearchers. 
  • Participants must hold a valid ENG11 medical certificate and a Personal Survival Techniques (PST) certificate (STCW95).
  • Applicants should have some prior sea going experience.

Please note ENG11 medical certificates must be renewed every two years and PST certification renewed every five years.

Information on obtaining medical and sea-survival certificates, and check lists for scientists embarking on national research vessels are available at this link

Further Information

We hope to add further surveys to the programme so please check this page for updates.

For further information about any aspect of the programme please contact

Read participant's blogs at

TTRS Surveys are supported by the Marine Institute. Grant-aided shiptime is carried out under the Strategic Marine Research & Innovation Agenda of the Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland (Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth) under the Marine Research sub-programme of the Irish Government.  Participation in surveys is by agreement with the survey Chief Scientist. Applications are invited from graduates, postgraduate students and early stage researchers from across the Island of Ireland.