SHARK DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Welcome to our internationally acclaimed Shark Development Program. Master the skills to work and interact with sharks professionally
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RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION COLLOBRATION
The Shark Research Unit is proud of the support it can offer graduate and postgraduate students aiming to conduct novel shark research and complete their academic studies on sharks in South Africa.
The Graduate Support Program is designed to allow the SRU to offer logistical and academic support to select students enrolled in research-based graduate or postgraduate programs. This page offers an overview, checklist and conditions for aspiring graduate students who are considering applying to conduct research with the Shark Research Unit.
The Shark Research Unit has a limited number of opportunities to support postgraduate and graduate students on their research programs. To help guide you on you mission to work with the SRU, we have prepared a quick checklist to determine your eligibility. Please note, that even if if you are eligible, SRU retains all rights to offer support to aspiring graduate students.
As part of joining our ‘Graduate Support Program, you will have to fulfill a number of commitments during your time on the program (this is for the duration of your research project and degree). This commitments include:
Monthly Reseach Vlog
Present a short 2 minute video on your research and research progress. Included in the video blog will be your work with interns, sharks, life at the shark research unit.
Online Teaching Lesson
Complete a 10 – 15 minute video presentation (and accompanying notes) outlining your research and taking the audience through the field research methods used to collect and process data. This video and notes will be used for online eLearning.
During your time at the Shark Research Unit, you will be required to have research interns accompany you on your field data collection trips. On these trips interns will assist in collecting data and you will be required to give guidance and instruction to interns as a mentor.
Cleaning and Maintainance
During your time at the Shark Research Unit, you will be required to dedicate time to cleaning and maintaining all research equipment, office and laboratories, SCUBA equipment, vehicles, vessels and other logistics used in the daily conducting of the Shark Units research and conservation projects.
Send daily updates, videos and photographs of your work (via whatsapp) for posting on the Shark Research Units social media accounts.
Follow Code of Conduct
The SRU welcomes students, interns and scientists from all over the world to use and enjoy our facilities. To ensure that everyone is respected and feels welcome, the SRU has a strict code of conduct that applies to everyone working, visiting or residing at the SRU. Review our code of conduct here
GRADUATE SUPPORT PROGRAM
Apply to join our graduate support program and gain access to conducting research on South Africa’s shark species
The Shark Research Unit is a passionate research and conservation institute located in South Africa. Our core purpose is to conduct and support original shark research, conservation and education programs within our regions of priority. We achieve these goals through stratigic partnerships with marine scientists, postgraduate students, ecotourism operations and academic institutes.