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The Alf Thompson Memorial Scholarship (ATMS) was initiated in 2011 to honour the passing of Alf Thompson (Nov 16, 2010), a Bahamian trained in engineering and the sciences. The program is offered through Bahamas Marine EcoCentre and the Bimini Biological Field Station Foundation, both non-profit organizations promoting awareness, conservation and respect for the Bahamian environment . 


The intent of the 2019 ATMS program is to provide Bahamians with the opportunity to experience hands-on research at the Bimini Biological Field Station (BBFS). This will include learning about various research techniques in the disciplines of population demographics and dynamics, molecular and behavioural ecology, bioenergetics, sensory biology and physiology.  The expectation is that the internship experience will motivate students to further their studies and ultimately pursue careers in these fields.




A four-week internship is offered for qualifying candidates to carry out research at the Bimini Biological Field Station, South Bimini, Bahamas. Successful applicants will live with research scientists and fellow international interns learning about marine and shark biology, field research techniques and conservation of our treasured Bahamas marine ecosystems.  


Throughout the internship you will be asked to help with the day-to-day upkeep of the station, capture and care of sharks, tagging, data entry, maintenance and use of field equipment, and many other tasks.

  • Two students will be offered the opportunity to participate in a four-week internship at the Shark lab in summer 2020.

  • Scholarships will be provided by BME and BBFS after the processes of advertising, application review, screening applicants and final committee selection.  

  • Funds will be awarded to cover round-trip airfare from within the Bahamas to Bimini, travel insurance, food and accommodations.


This program is open to motivated Bahamians aged 20-26. Scholarship covers expenses for travel, food and lodging during the four-week internship. 


  • Scholarship candidates must submit a completed ATMS application with supporting documents and, upon request, be available for an interview (via Skype) with one or more ATMS committee member.  A copy of the scholarship application can be downloaded at http://www.bahamas-marine-ecocentre.org/education/  or email  info@bahamas-marine-ecocentre.org 

  • Scholarship recipients should be enrolled in a recognized college or high school; exceptions may be granted for those within one year of such enrolment or after graduation.  Those currently out of school that are now in the work force (presumably in a related field) will also be considered.

  • The internship will be offered to motivated students in good standing or those in the work force, ages 20 – 26.  Exceptional cases of interns as young as 18 may be considered.

  • Applicants must be in possession of a valid Bahamian passport and have a clean police record.

  • Scholarship recipients must be of a high academic standard, as measured by past school records and teacher references.  They should be self-starters, able to communicate well and work effectively on their own as well as in group situations.  They should be passionate about the field of research offered for the internship.

  • Scholarship recipients may be asked to make themselves available for one or more interviews with the media (news stories, photo ops, etc).

  • Scholarship recipients will keep a journal or daily log and provide a copy or a summary of your experience to BME at the end of the internship.  The log or summarized report will become property of BME and all or select portions may be published.  

  • It is hoped that the scholarship recipients will continue on to higher education or work within the Bahamas in a field related to the studies undertaken with the ATMS.


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