About the scholarship society – Rolex Scholarships

Each year the society awards year-long scholarships designed to expose a qualified young person to a wide range of experiences in various marine-related fields. With continued generous funding from the Rolex Corporation, the awards are now known as the Rolex Scholarships.

For 2010, three Rolex scholarships will be offered: one in Australasia, one in North America, and one in Europe. Each Rolex Scholarship provides a hands-on introduction to underwater and other aquatic-related endeavors for a young person considering a career in an underwater-related discipline. One scholar is selected from each of the three regions and each scholar spends approximately one year working side by side with current leaders in underwater fields. Each scholar travels primarily within his or her region, but may have opportunities throughout the underwater world. The range of experiences may include active participation in field studies, underwater research, scientific expeditions, laboratory assignments, equipment testing and design, photographic instruction, and other specialized assignments.

Each of the three Rolex Scholarships has a coordinator that advises the scholar on potential itineraries –

emphasizing breadth of experience, but tailoring the itinerary to the individual scholar’s background and interests. These itineraries include time with specialists in such areas as biology, hyperbarics, anthropology, and archaeology. Scholar hosts include scientists, engineers, filmmakers, and marine mammal researchers. Visits to dive store operations, classes in underwater photography, and working with conservation organizations are also typical experiences.During the course of the year, exposure to a wide array of types of work and the chance to actually jump in and experience specific jobs provides scholars with invaluable career-deciding opportunities. The scholarship emphasizes hands-on experience in activities that will contribute to a well-rounded education and a broad network of contacts.

For more than 35 years, Our World Underwater Scholarship Society has created invaluable opportunities for its young scholars and interns to pursue careers related to the underwater world. We provide experience-based scholarships and internships with renowned marine and freshwater experts throughout the world.

With decades of generous and unwavering support from volunteers and sponsors like Rolex, Our World Underwater Scholarship Society has seen its scholars and interns make lasting contributions to the underwater world. In fact, the vast majority of former scholars and interns are still working in underwater-related fields.

If you are a student, we invite you to learn more about the society’s internships and scholarships. You can download applications right here on our site.If you are a potential volunteer or sponsor, we encourage you to explore our site and to contact us regarding a contribution. Our World Underwater Scholarship Society has been successful because people like you have demonstrated that they care about our vital marine and freshwater environments.


North America

The society offers summer internships in North America for one to three month periods and we direct them primarily at college undergraduates and graduating seniors. Internship recipients receive a grant to help fund travel to/from site, room and board, and a stipend to cover living expenses. Our current North American internship sponsors include the Aquarena Center, Blackbeard’s Cruises, Divers Alert Network (DAN), the REEF Environmental Education Foundation, and “Sport Diver” Magazine


The European Young Photographer Internship provides an opportunity for a promising young photographer to further develop skills and experience by working alongside an already accomplished underwater photographer. Sponsored by Rolex, this internship is awarded to the winning entrant at a competion held during the International Festival of Underwater Film in Antibes, France.

For More Information Contact:

Roberta Flanders, Executive Administrator