The Our World Underwater Scholarships are available to take up from April 2008. These scholarships are sponsored by Rolex and provide funding for year-long scholarships designed to expose a qualified young person to a wide range of experiences in various marine-related fields.
These scholarships have been running for over 35 years in the States, seven years in Europe and now this is the second year in the Australasian Region (including Australia, New Zealand and neighbouring South Pacific Islands).
Each Rolex Scholarship provides a hands-on introduction to underwater and other aquatic-related endeavours for a young person considering a career in an underwater-related discipline. One scholar is selected from each of the three regions and each scholar spends approximately one year working side by side with current leaders in underwater fields. Each scholar travels primarily within his or her region, but may have opportunities throughout the underwater world.
These experiences provide the scholars with a broad overview of careers in the underwater world. Scholars may spend varying lengths of time investigating:
Commercial and Research Diving
Other Underwater related Disciplines
Participants need to hold certification as a Rescue Diver with a minimum of 25 dives logged in the past two years.
For more information see www.owuscholarship.org for more information on the scholarship, current scholars and sponsors and the application form.
The closing date is 31st December 2007 for applications.