One student each from MUN and Dal will take part in a semester-long ocean expedition course by the University of Bergen (UiB) aboard the research sailing vessel Statsraad Lehmkuhl in summer 2022.

Statsraad Lehmkuhl

The Ocean Frontier Institute will fully fund two students, one from Dal and one from MUN, to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

The course departs Valparaíso in Chile on May 1, 2022 and ends in Palau on August 25, 2022. Participating students will be a part of the crew and will study topics on ocean, climate, and society related to the UN sustainable development goals, especially 'SDG 14 Life Below Water' and 'SDG 13 Climate Action'. This interdisciplinary course will focus on the main topics of:

  1. Ocean and how we can conserve and use it for sustainable development
  2. Climate and understanding of the underlying physical processes that impact climate variation, consequences of climate change on society, and the solutions
  3. Society and sustainability challenges in a social, cultural, and legal context

Course information: https://www.uib.no/en/course/SDG200

Promotional video: https://vimeo.com/486714591

Please note that the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff continues to be our highest priority, and as such:

  • Dalhousie University has cancelled all outgoing International Learning Experience (ILE) programs for the winter term (January through April 2022), with some very specific exceptions. Decisions related to ILEs for the spring/summer 2022 term will be made in early January. Visit this site for further information. 
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland has suspended travel outside of Canada through the fall 2021 semester, and this may be extended into 2022. For further information, including on possible exceptions, visit this site.


Bachelor and Masters students (except first-year Bachelor students) in the following faculties:

Dalhousie University (one placement):
Agriculture, Arts & Social Sciences, Engineering, Law, Management, Science

Memorial University of Newfoundland (one placement):
Humanities & Social Sciences, Science

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a 1) CV (max. 4 pages) together with a 2) letter of motivation (max. 500 words) where they explain:

  • Why they wish to attend the course and how it relates to their interests and experience (academic and other) and their future plans,
  • How they may contribute to the student community and the learning environment,
  • How they have contributed to or promoted equity, diversity, inclusion in their educational, employment, and/or volunteer experience, and
  • The challenges of staying four months away from home under the special circumstances on board Statsraad Lehmkuhl.

In addition, the applicants must submit a 3) communications plan on how they will promote the OFI before, during, and after the expedition (e.g. blog, documentary, etc.; max. 500 words).

Applications must be sent as one PDF to ofi@dal.ca.

Identify with an equity deserving group

The OFI is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The OFI encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community.

Contact information

For further information please contact:

Dr. Carl Peters, Research Programs Manager
Email: carl.peters@oceanfi.ca
Telephone: +1 902 999 3165