New ocean research award for graduate students
Apply for the Roy Hyndman Ocean Observing Award by 22 January 2023.
December 7, 2022

Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) is offering a new award opportunity to graduate students who are pursuing ocean science research using data gathered from its world-leading ocean observatories.

Up to two graduate students a year will be selected as recipients for the new Roy Hyndman Ocean Observing Award. These $20,000 awards are to help graduate students advance their research using ocean observing data and/or technology, as well as assist in their professional development by providing an opportunity to work with leading ocean technologies and experts.

The 2023 call is now open and graduate students across Canada–and disciplines, spanning engineering, natural and social sciences, as well as the humanities–are invited to apply. The work is not required to be performed at ONC, but award winners are expected to visit in-person at least once for initial coordination of the project. The year-long term will conclude with a final presentation of the results, held virtually or in-person.

The award is named in honour of Dr. Roy Hyndman, one of the leading proponents of the NEPTUNE Observatory who served as the Chair of the Ocean Observatory Council for more than six years, and continues to be a strong advocate for supporting students and faculty who use ONC infrastructure in their research programs.

"Roy has been a steadfast advocate for Ocean Networks Canada since the heydays of our NEPTUNE observatory,” says Benoît Pirenne, ONC Director, User Engagement, “Roy’s continuous support over the years and most recently through his chairmanship of our Observatory Council has been invaluable. We are proud to have his name associated with this award for future graduates who will follow in his footsteps.”

Pirenne says this award will help support future generations of ocean scientists who will play an important role in ocean observing and climate change solutions.

Deadline for applications has been extended to 22 January 2023.

Learn more about the selection process, eligibility criteria and fund administration. For more information about the award, contact

Roy Hyndman.png Dr. Hyndman is an Emeritus Research Scientist at the Pacific Geoscience Centre, Geological Survey of Canada, Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has published more than 250 scientific journal and volume articles on marine and land geoscience research, with over 23,000 citations. He was awarded the J. Tuzo Wilson medal for contributions to geophysics in Canada.

Header image: The Roy Hyndman Ocean Observing Award will support graduate students’ research that uses ocean data, such as the video transect data of seamounts (pic) captured during the 2022 Northeast Pacific Deep-Sea Diversity Expedition led by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). ONC hosts DFO data on Oceans 3.0.

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