Applying to Conduct Research at the Ecostation


There are three steps for applying to conduct research on Tetiaroa:

1)     Project (class) review by the Tetiaroa Society Scientific Advisory Board and approval by the Tetiaroa Society Executive Board. Only approved research projects (or university classes) are allowed to use the Ecostation.

Additional steps for approved projects and classes are:

2)     Ecostation reservations.
3)     Immigration documents required by French government (applies to non-EU citizens.)

Steps one and two must be completed by the project leader. For step three, you will be advised on necessary actions depending on the nationalities in your team.

This process can take 3 – 6 months, so please plan accordingly.


1) Submit a Proposal to the Tetiaroa Society Scientific Advisory Board

Any scientist (including PhD students conducting independent thesis research) wanting to start a scientific research project (or bring a university class) on Tetiaroa must complete the following steps:

  • Consult the list of Scientific Advisory Board members, the Ecostation director, and their biographies on the Tetiaroa Society website here. It is strongly advised that you contact the Ecostation Director and/or an SAB member with expertise in your field of interest before submitting an application. Discuss your potential project with them and see if they are willing to sponsor your project application. They can also advise you re: logistical information about conducting research in French Polynesia.
  • Submit an online application through the RAMS system. You will need to apply for a RAMS account (see and then login and select “Tetiaroa Ecostation” from the dropdown list.  (The RAMS system is provided to TS courtesy of the University of California.)
  • You will be asked to name at least two potential SAB contacts (may include Ecostation director.)
  • The project will be reviewed at the next SAB meeting [quarterly].  If a sponsor/s has already been identified, they will present the project to the full SAB.  If no sponsor has been identified the SAB chair will seek volunteers from the SAB to act as sponsors.
  • All projects must be approved by consensus of the SAB.
  • Projects will still be subject to other review as necessary – for example by the Conservation and Sustainable Use Plan Committee.
  • Applicants will be notified of the SAB recommendation and the Tetiaroa Society Executive Board decision by email shortly after the meeting.

Ongoing projects must submit an Annual Report.

2) Reservations

Reservations can be made immediately online in RAMS once an application has been submitted. There is no need to wait for the SAB decision, although reservations will not be confirmed until the project is approved. Submit your reservation request online via RAMS. You will receive confirmation from the Ecostation management. You do not have a reservation UNTIL you receive this confirmation. Reservations are on a ‘first-come first-serve’ basis. At busy periods, you might be asked to modify your plans prior to confirming the reservation. Contact the Ecostation at [email protected] to discuss timing and logistics of visit.

3) Protocole D’Accueil Permit/Proposal

Individuals carrying out research or professors leading classes at Tetiaroa who are required to must complete the French Polynesian government’s research form “protocole d’accueil.”  This document will be sent to you with details upon approval of your project by the SAB.

If you have any questions please contact us at [email protected]