Conduct Research at CEI

Together, Let’s Ensure a More Sustainable Planet

The Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) at The Island School invites scientists, graduate students, interns, and others focused on conservation and sustainability to join us in meaningful research, whether alongside us in our current work or collaborating on new projects.

Visiting Scientists

Conduct your research at the Cape Eleuthera Institute or use our facilities as a base of operations.

The Cape Eleuthera Institute provides opportunities for visiting scientists and researchers interested in a wide variety of tropical and sustainable systems. Visiting scientists can conduct their research at the Cape Eleuthera Institute or use our facilities as a base of operations for research throughout Eleuthera and The Bahamas. In close proximity to our facility is a diverse array of habitat types, including shallow oolitic sand banks, seagrass meadows, mangrove creeks, coral reefs, the deep waters of the Exuma Sound, oceanic and inland blue holes, and terrestrial environments at varying levels of disturbance.

We provide ocean-side dormitory-style living near our flow-through seawater system, laboratories, and library. The wet lab system has small and large tanks that can be rented to conduct experiments in a controlled environment. The laboratories are adjacent to our wet lab and equipped with benches, microscopes, fresh water, refrigerators, and freezers. Lab spaces and tanks can be rented by the day, week, or month. In addition, for a fee, we can provide boats and vehicles with a driver to support research needs.

Please visit our Research Initiatives page for details about our ongoing in-house research programs. Our Campus & Facilities page provides a detailed description of the resources available on our campus.

Please contact us via email at if you are interested in learning more about our facilities and conducting your research here.

Graduate Students

The Cape Eleuthera Institute welcomes graduate students and their research projects.

We invite graduate students to conduct their thesis research at the Cape Eleuthera Institute, particularly where there are opportunities to collaborate with existing projects. In such cases, we may be able to offer in-kind support for fieldwork, however host universities are expected to cover the direct costs of undertaking the research project. Please see our research facilities page for information on costs of research facilities and contact us via email ( to discuss this opportunity.

We offer dorm style accommodation in our Graduate Hall for visiting students, which includes three meals per day in our dining hall and internet access. Monthly rates are available for extended stays.

Applications can be made at any time, however you should bear in mind that immigration requirements often necessitate a lead in time of 2-3 months, so please ensure you plan in advance of this. If you are seeking grant funding to conduct your research please advise us well in advance to ensure that we can accommodate your needs.

The Island School

Conducting research at CEI is unlike most field stations. Whether as an intern, graduate student, or visiting scholar, you are welcomed into a wider community whose values are centered around scholarly inquiry and education. With the facilities and resources to see projects from proposal to publication, CEI has been an ideal location to carry out my research.

Bill Bigelow

Visiting Scientist


Looking to gain hands-on experience in research? Our intern program helps support CEI research and exposes interns to a variety of experiences, habitats, and creatures.

Our internships offer the chance to gain hands-on experience in the environmental research and conservation of marine ecosystems, sustainable development, and education here in South Eleuthera. Our intern program is designed to support ongoing initiatives at The Island School and provide insights into a variety of aspects associated with a remote research and education facility, allowing interns to get involved in a number of different projects across our organization. Research interns can expect to gain skills in numerous field research techniques, including data collection in the field and wet laboratory, sample analysis in our dry laboratories, and data manipulation in the office. All our internships offer the chance to cross-train across different research themes, where scientists turn photographers, and educators can become researchers. Ultimately, our internships offer the chance to live, learn, and work with people from diverse backgrounds united by their passion for research, conservation and sustainable development.

Learn more and apply for an internship with the Cape Eleuthera Institute at The Island School.