Interdisciplinary Training

TOSST training is interdisciplinary; covering physical, chemical, biological and geological sciences, marine technology, and marine management. Graduate projects address key areas of the North Atlantic Ocean that are sensitive to external forcing and resource exploitation within three research areas:

  • 4D Ocean-Atmosphere Dynamics
  • Ecosystem Hotspots
  • Seafloor Structures

International Advisors

Each TOSST fellow is supervised by two faculty members, one from TOSST and one from HOSST.  This international exchange enables fellows access to information, methodologies, and state of the art technologies available in both Kiel, Germany and Halifax, Canada including: including advanced modeling, remotely-operated vehicles, autonomous vehicles, a manned submersible, advanced mass spectrometers, marine robotics, molecular biological analyses, and research vessels.

Program Components

TOSST fellows complete training that goes beyond a typical professional degree.  In addition to the university requirements, TOSST fellows participate in:

  • Weekly HOSST-TOSST seminars by video-conference
  • An ocean management course
  • Summer schools in Halifax, Kiel, and Cape Verde
  • Research exchange in Germany
  • Professional development workshops
  • Non-academic internship
  • Mentoring undergraduate research


Successful fellows will be awarded a comprehensive package that covers four years of:

  • Tuition fees
  • Healthcare
  • TOSST related travel expenses
  • Monthly stipend for additional expenses

Fellows receive a minimum take home stipend of $1,300 (CAN) per month for the first two years and $1,500 (CAN) per month for the remaining two years. Additional expenses, such as partial support for childcare and some university fees, may be covered.

Please inquire about current funding opportunities.