20 January 2020


Opportunity Description

The Ocean Fellowship Programme at Ocean Space (Venice, Italy) is a research fellowship launched by TBA21–Academy in conjunction with the exhibition Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformation, curated by Daniela Zyman and commissioned by TBA21–Academy. The three and a half months Ocean Fellowship offers a total of eight fellows the opportunity to investigate the most advanced studies on the Anthropocene Oceans.

In the past three years, Territorial Agency and TBA21–Academy have developed a long-standing collaboration with a community of artists, curators, scientists, marine biologists, philosophers, and ocean thinkers to inquire into the anthropogenic changes at stake in the world ocean. Assessing the latest scientific knowledge on the effects of a wide array of human-induced interferences on marine and coastal ecosystems, the project reiterates the critical role of the oceans in respect to planetary survival.

In the context of the Ocean Fellowship Programme, the fellows will gain insights into the institutional context of Ocean Space, develop their own unique perspectives and share their research with audiences, peers and experts. Stemming from an alternative, indeed Pacific approach of what is considered to be ‘deep learning’ the programme invites participating students and scholars to ‘dive deep’ into the conceptual and systemic aspects of the exhibition.

In addition, TBA21–Academy is also seeking one experienced candidate to act as Research Mentor to the group, for the entire duration of the programme. The research mentor will supervise, follow and advise the fellows on the direction and progress of their project.


TBA21–Academy welcomes application for the Ocean Fellowship Programme from undergraduates, master or PhD students, or recent graduates who are specialised in one of the following fields: Art and Art History, Architecture and Spatial Research, Oceanography, Chemistry and Fluid dynamics, Political Theory and Political Science, Postcolonial Studies, Posthuman Feminist Studies, Anthropology and Indigenous studies, Accessibility and Educational Sciences, Environmental Humanities. Fluent in spoken and written English. Italian is a strong plus.

For the Research Mentor, a graduate or post-graduate degree, as well as relevant experience in teaching or mentoring, is required.

Allowance and Duration

  • The Ocean Fellows Programme will offer a total allowance of 3,000 Euro per fellow for the 3,5-month duration of the programme.
  • The allowance may be subject to tax and the fellowship status will have to be determined on a case by case basis. Travel and visa costs are not covered.

Tue, March 10 – Sun, June 14, 2020: First Ocean Fellows group (4 in total)
Mon, June 15– Sun, Sept 27, 2020: Second Ocean Fellows group (4 in total)

The Research Mentor is expected to be in Venice throughout the full duration of the Ocean Fellowship programme. A total allowance of 15,000 Euro is set for the full duration. The allowance may be subject to tax and employment status will have to be determined on a case by case basis. Travel and visa costs are not covered.

Selection Procedure

  • TBA21–Academy and Ocean Space will select the candidates by January 30, 2020.
  • The selected candidates will be informed of the jury’s decision by email.

Questions? Contact us at oceanfellows@tba21-academy.org.

How to Apply

Please download the application form


  • Filled out application
  • Letter of motivation, in English, outlining ideas to be explored during the Ocean Fellows Programme (700 words) and indicating your period preference for joining the programme (March – June) (June – September)
  • CV/resume in English (maximum 4 pages)
  • University Transcripts (optional)
  • Names and contact details of two professionals or academic referees familiar with the research of the applicant

Please send the material compiled in one single .pdf file by January 20, 2020, to oceanfellows@tba21-academy.org.