Norway-Pacific Ocean-Climate Scholarship Programme (N-POC)

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The Norway-Pacific Ocean-Climate Scholarship Programme (N-POC) is an ambitious partnership in research and PhD training between the University of Bergen and the University of the South Pacific (USP). Funded for 2021–2025 by Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, the programme comprises 24 fully funded PhD scholarships at the USP within ocean and climate research, ranging from the natural sciences to the social sciences and humanities.

N-POC has three main objectives: 1) To build a strong interdisciplinary Pacific cohort of PhD researchers to address urgent challenges forocean and climate; 2) To build new multidisciplinary Pacific research on the ocean-climate nexus for regional and globalpolicy impact; 3) To build enduring partnerships between researchers and universities in Norway and the Pacific Islands.

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The Marovo lagoon in Solomon Islands in the Pacific.

New Pacific PhD programme launched

The new Norway-Pacific Ocean-Climate Scholarship Programme builds on long-term collaboration between two ocean and climate oriented universities, which includes a voluntary commitment at the inaugural UN Ocean Conference.

Rector Dag Rune Olsen at the first Ocean Sustainability Bergen Conference in October 2019. He is getting ready to attend a UN meeting in April to make a major announcement.
Apr 28

Launch: Norway-Pacific Ocean-Climate Scholarship Programme

On 28 April 2020, the Norway-Pacific Ocean-Climate Scholarship Programme (N-POC) is launched in a virtual event hosted by Norway's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. N-POC is a groundbreaking new and interdisciplinary PhD programme in ocean and climate science, in a collaboration between Norway and the...

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As of World Ocean Day in June 2021, the N-POC programme is an endorsed UN Ocean Decade Action.