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Q: My research area is to improve the efficiency of photovoltaic cells. Am I eligible to apply for a fellowship?

A: To apply for a Fellowship, your research must be in Antarctic or Southern Ocean science.


Q:
Can the funding be retrospective? The project I'm participating in starts this month (before the deadline), but continues until August.

A: No, funding cannot be retrospective, it must be for a visit starting after the award is granted.


Q:
What is the time frame of using the Fellowship funding? For instance, is the travel to a host institute to be completed within a certain time after the Fellowship approval, e.g. within a year?

A: Yes, the period of the Fellowship is one year, beginning in August, to be completed by July/August of the following year, and the visit must happen within this time. Only in exceptional circumstances are extensions allowed.


Q:
Due to current commitments, I would not be able to start my Fellowship until January next year. Can I apply for a Fellowship for the full year, or would I be limited to completing it by July?

A: The Fellowship is awarded to cover the costs of a short-term visit (a few weeks or a couple of months) to a research group in another country. The visit may be undertaken at any time during the year of the Fellowship, to suit both parties. Fellowships are not intended to fund someone for the whole year. If the visit would be carried out in the first half of next year (up to the end of July), then you should apply for the current round. If your proposed visit would be in the second half of next year, then you should wait until next year’s scheme to apply.


Q:
Is it possible to include two or more overseas host institutes in my application?

A: You need to have one primary host who will sign your host agreement. You can then visit other places (including institutes in other countries), and have working partnerships with other organisations as your time, budget and project allows. You should include details about the other institute in your proposal and include any associated costs in your budget.


Q:
Is it possible to include two home institutes in my application?  I undertake research at a scientific centre and at a university.

A: Yes, it is possible to have two home institutes in your application, both of which can support you.  You can choose one of your supervisors to be the primary contact who completes your home cover note and provides a reference letter, or your supervisor at each of your institutes can jointly complete the cover note and each provide a reference letter for you.  Both institutes must agree how your home country costs (domestic travel, visa costs, etc.) will be covered - whether by one or the other of them, or jointly.


Q:
Are there guidelines that should be followed for the subsistence amount in the host country?

A: There are no cost-of-living guidelines as this varies from country to country, and between locations within a country. You will need to get cost-of-living advice from your host (or hosts, if you are visiting more than one institute).


Q:
Can a host institute be visited several times?

A: Yes, a host institute can be visited several times but the amount of the award is limited to USD $15,000. Multiple visits would increase the travel costs and therefore impact on the budget. In the Proposal, you would need to justify the reasons for making more than one visit to the host.


Q:
I saw that some previous awards were given as joint SCAR/COMNAP fellowships. Is this a decision made by the selection committee, or should this be specified in the application?

A: The decision to award joint fellowships is made by the selection committee - you cannot select a joint fellowship yourself.


Q:
Can I apply for the Prince Albert II of Monaco biodiversity fellowship?

A: No, you should make a standard fellowship application. The selection committee will choose the recipient of the biodiversity award from among the SCAR Fellowship applications.


Q:
When will the decision about awards be made and candidates notified? How soon after that will the selected researchers be able to get funds and visit their host country? My proposed host needs these details in order to make a final decision.

A: After the closing date, the scientific review panel will assess all applications and make recommendations to the SCAR Executive Committee, to be confirmed around the end of July. Applicants will be notified of the result of their applications shortly after, in early to mid August. Funds can be available to successful fellows immediately and they can begin their visit to the host institute as soon as they like after that. The fellowship period is for one year so the research project, including the visit, should be completed by the end of July the following year.


Q:
I have some questions about eligibility. I currently live in Canada and will graduate with my PhD this summer. From October, I plan to work in Chile for a period, including carrying out some Antarctic research. How would I explain the home and host institutes on the application?

A: Your home institute will be where you are working and living at the time of your application. Even though your current home is Canada, if you are working in Chile, your home institute will be in Chile. Therefore, you would not be able to visit another institute in Chile, nor use the SCAR Fellowship to help fund your ongoing work in Chile. You could, however, apply for a SCAR Fellowship to fund a short-term research trip to an institute in another country (the host institute) but that must be different from both your country of origin (Canada) and current residence (Chile).


Q:
If I were to apply this year and not get funded, would that in any way affect my chances of applying the following year (with either an improved or a different project)?

A: There is no restriction on making a new application the following year if your application in the current year fails.


Q:
Will a fellowship be helpful for getting any postdoc position at a related institute in the future?

A: Any fellowship (including a SCAR/COMNAP Fellowship) is good for your CV, though being awarded a Fellowship does not guarantee you a job at the Host Institute you have applied to, nor at any other institute.


Q:
How many published research papers are needed to be applicable for these fellowships?

A: You do not need to have papers published already in order to apply.


Q:
I will be staying the whole year at Maitri station, Antarctica. Will this affect my eligibility to apply for a fellowship?

A: No - your home country will be considered "India". You would need to visit another country, or another country's facilities in Antarctica, to apply for the Fellowship. Remember that, in the event you are awarded a Fellowship, you would need to start work within nine months of the award.


Q:
Could I use part of the award for the research itself, for example to do DNA sequencing?

A: Yes, you can include research costs, such as DNA sequencing, in your budget.  The host institute should not charge you bench fees, but any other costs connected with your research can be included in your budget.


Q:
For my research project, I need to perform oxygen isotope analysis (18O) of sea water samples and ice cores and it is possible to do this at the laboratory of Helsinki University. It costs around 10 euro per sample if I do the analysis myself, and 15 euro per sample if I give my samples to laboratory staff. I will have approx. 60-70 samples.

A: Bench fees are a slightly complicated issue and depend on your particular circumstances. Here are the various scenarios according to the information you have provided:

  1. If Helsinki University is not your host Institute, you can get the samples analysed either by other staff or yourself, and you can claim for the cost. 
  2. If Helsinki University is your host Institute, you cannot pay Helsinki University for analysing samples yourself and this cost cannot be included in the Fellowship budget.
  3. If Helsinki University is your host Institute, you can get the samples analysed by someone else and this cost can be included in the Fellowship budget.


Q:
Can the area of research include the sub-Antarctic islands?

A: Yes, but it must be relevant to Antarctic science. Specifically for a COMNAP Fellowship, it would be expected that the applicant would be hosted at the host institute, or in the Antarctic, but not on a sub-Antarctic island.


Q:
Would you encourage students just finishing a PhD to apply directly for fellowships (whether SCAR or not), or do you think researchers benefit from a bit more experience in general through a conventional post-doc?

A: As a general matter, we would encourage you to apply for fellowships and other opportunities at all stages of your career.


Q:
Please would you comment on the applicability of developing and testing an instrument for Antarctic science / engineering under the COMNAP scheme?

A: If the proposal is just about testing a piece of equipment, it probably would not be well appraised, but if it is of a practical nature in an engineering sense, relevant to Antarctic research, then it may well be highly relevant.


Q:
Can I use the fellowship as part of my PhD?

A: Yes.


Q:
Can I apply for a fellowship to visit a PhD co-supervisor, in order to learn from them, and to work with them on a part of my PhD project?

A: Yes, but this should have a specific focus that is beyond the scope of normal PhD supervision.


Q:
Does the project have to contain a fieldwork component?

A: No.


Q:
Is there a list of what countries would be considered "smaller or less well-developed Antarctic research programmes"? Obviously the USA and UK, etc. would not be on that list, any others?

A: The differentiation is intended to highlight the role SCAR would like to play in helping build capacity in countries where the Antarctic research programme is limited to a few groups, and there are limited national Antarctic capacity-building opportunities.


Q:
I would like to know what you think is essential to do in the host institute (lab analysis, etc)?

A: There is no list of requirements, the important issue is that it complements your research. This can be an additional approach not used previously.


Q:
Can you apply for a fellowship to learn something completely new? In other words, is it enough to have some broad knowledge on what you want to learn and then use the fellowship to learn perhaps (for example) a new method?

A: As long as it is well-supported and explained in the application, it is perfectly possible.


Q:
My idea for a project is based around model development. I am concerned that a lot of the collaboration with the host institute may look as if it could be done by email. Work is greatly accelerated by face-to-face contact. Is this justifiable?

A: The benefits will be assessed based on the details of the application and all of the assessors are well aware of the benefits of face-to-face communication.


Q:
Please could you explain the difference between Deliverables (what do you expect to achieve?) and Success Factors (what will show if the project has succeeded?)?

A: Deliverables are the results that everyone can see - conference presentations, posters, papers published in journals, etc., or possibly data added to a database such as the Antarctic Master Directory.  

Success Factors might be less tangible and more technical, such as a skill learnt and demonstrated, data processed but not published, etc., which contribute to the skills and career development of the fellow, without being a final deliverable.


Q:
Would it increase the chance of receiving a SCAR fellowship if the candidate is able to access additional funding?

A: It may be helpful but the overall quality of the application will be far more important.


Q:
Can funding be used to support my participation in an existing project, or would that contradict the "self-contained" aspect?

A: Participating in an existing project is fine as long as there is a clear benefit to the applicant, above simply contributing to that project. So identifying the personal impact from the participation would be very important.


Q:
Are there any issues with having worked with the host institution/academic before?

A: No, as long as you are doing something new that will add value.


Q:
Does the host institution need to be an 'Antarctic institution' or can it be an institute with expertise in methods that you will then apply to Antarctic research?

A: There is no restriction on the institute being Antarctic specific - for example, it can be an Antarctic research group within a University, etc.


Q:
For budgeting, can you provide a general example of how funds are used? E.g. 50% subsistence, 20% materials...

A: There is no set breakdown expected as there will be large differences between applications but it is important to include clear justification for the costs specified in the budget.


Q:
I am currently not in a PhD programme, but I'm collaborating in some research with programmes that I’m not officially engaged in.  Am I eligible?

A: The relationship with the home institute needs to be clear.  The evaluation of the element of capacity building within the application will depend to some extent on this relationship.


Q:
Can you use the fellowship in part for collaborative work - for example, to hold a meeting or workshop at the host institute?

A: The Fellowship funds are specifically targeted at the applicants so, if funds were to be spent on a meeting or workshop, it would not be regarded as relevant to the programme.


Q:
How do you assess if an application from the social sciences field is at the 'cutting edge of science'?  Are there any specific topics of research that would be considered for eligibility, or not?

A: Applications from the social sciences will be assessed by experts within that field so there should not be any restriction on topics from those fields with regard to eligibility.

 

 

Writing for Success!

Advice for applicants to the SCAR and COMNAP Fellowships 

Preparing a successful fellowship application is a skill. Often, lack of success with applications is not due to a poor research idea but comes down to the inability to express clearly and confidently, in writing, your research to someone else. Everyone’s writing skills can be improved and be made more effective. This mentoring activity is designed to help early career persons with developing their fellowship proposal writing skills. It is particularly meant for young researchers in countries with a small or just developing Antarctic research community that may not have adequate mentoring in their home institutions.

The need for such mentoring arose after review of the many hundreds of SCAR and COMNAP Fellowship applications received over the past several years. Funding is limited and so reviewers often need to make difficult choices. Success or failure often depends on whether the proposal is written clearly and efficiency.

The first webinar on writing tips for SCAR and COMNAP fellowships was hosted by APECS in April 2016 and is available below and on APECS’ Vimeo site. To complement the webinar a "Writing for Success" document was produced which includes information on the evaluation of proposals, feedback on positive examples as well as areas where improvement is often needed from those who review applications, and some Frequently Asked Questions on the technical details of submitting an application (also see the FAQs page as new questions are being added regularly, based on the queries we receive).

Writing about research can be difficult, writing in your second (or third) language poses yet another set of challenges. So building on the success of the first webinar, SCAR, COMNAP and APECS partnered again to hold a similar training webinar in March 2017, but this time in Spanish. This webinar hopes to provide additional tips and tricks for writing applications in English for Spanish speakers.

Resources: 

acrobat"Writing for Success" document in printable Acrobat pdf format.

For more information on applications, visit the Detailed Information page.

  Recordings of both webinars are available below.


Writing for Success Webinar (English):

SCAR-COMNAP-APECS-Webinar: Writing for Success! Preparing winning fellowship applications from APECS Webinars on Vimeo.

Speakers and panel members:

Prof Karin Lochte, Director, Alfred Wegener Institute, SCAR Vice President for CBET
Dr Michelle Rogan-Finnemore, Executive Secretary, COMNAP
Dr Mahlon (Chuck) Kennicutt , ex-President of SCAR
Dr Kelly Kenison Falkner, Director, Division of Polar Programs, NSF
Prof Jane Francis, Director, British Antarctic Survey
Dr Renuka Badhe, Executive Secretary, European Polar Board, ex-SCAR Executive Officer
Dr Gerlis Fugmann, Executive Director, APECS
Dr David Walton, Editor, Antarctic Science
Prof Anna Wahlin, co-Chair SOOS
Dr Jenny Baeseman, SCAR Executive Director
Dr Eoghan Griffin, SCAR Executive Officer

Writing for Success Webinar (Spanish):

SCAR-COMNAP-APECS-Webinar: Writing for Success! Preparing winning fellowship applications - Spanish Version from APECS Webinars on Vimeo.

Speakers/Panel participants were:

Jéronimo López-Martínez (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) (Past President of SCAR 2012-2016)
Irene Schloss (Instituto Antártico Argentino)
José Retamales (Instituto Antártico Chileno )
Carlota Escutia (Instituto Andaluz de Ciencias de la Tierra, University de Granada )
Gabriela Roldan (Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury)
Pablo Wainschenker (Antarctic Treaty Secretariat)
Luis R. Pertierra (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos)

 

 

SCAR initiated the Fellowship Programme in 2002. The aim is to encourage the active involvement of early career scientists in Antarctic scientific research and to build new connections and further strengthen international capacity and cooperation in Antarctic research. Since the initiation of the programme, 56 SCAR Fellowships have been awarded. Three of these fellowships were awarded jointly with our partner Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) between 2011-2015. From 2015, a Prince Albert II of Monaco Fellowship is awarded annually, initially financed by funds from the Prix Biodiversité of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation awarded to SCAR.

Testimonials from past fellows are available on the archive website.

2017 Fellows


Leena Reikkola 

Home: University of Auckland, New Zealand
Host: Marine Mammal Laboratory, NOAA, USA

Spatial analysis of humpback whale behaviour and habitat use patterns in Antarctica.

 

 

Julie Janssens

Home: Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, Australia
Host: Laboratoire d'Océanographie et du Climat: Expérimentations et Approches Numériques (LOCEAN), France

Representation of iron in a sea-ice biogeochemical model.

 

Hanne Neilsen

Home: University of Tasmania, Australia
Host: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Framing Antarctica as Fragile: Tracing the evolution of media narratives about the far south (1945 – 2015).

 

Antonio Aguera Garcia

Home: Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Host: University of Otago, New Zealand

Transgenerational Plasticity (TGP) and acclimation in a keystone Polar Invertebrate in response to a warmer more acidic Antarctic.

 

Filip Hrbáček

Home: Department of Geography, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Host: Insubria University, Italy

Effect of vegetation cover on active layer thermal regime in climatically contrasted environments of Antarctica.  

2017 Prince Albert II of Monaco Fellowship

Shramik Patil 

Home: The National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR), India
Host: UPMC-CNRS Station Biologique de Roscoff, France

Response of Southern Indian Ocean coccolithophores to climate change: evidence from laboratory culture experiments.The final frontier: protecting Antarctica from invasive species 

 

2016 Fellows


LRatnarajah smlLavenia Ratnarajah 

Home: Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, Australia
Host: Laboratoire d'Océanographie Microbienne, France

Effects of natural iron fertilisation by baleen whales on the microbial community in the Southern Ocean

 

 

JCaccavoJilda Caccavo

Home: University of Padua, Italy
Host: Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche, France

Trophic dynamics and nutritional condition of Pleuragramma antarctica in the Weddell Sea, as related to population genetic structure


 

RReisingerRyan Reisinger

Home: Zoology Department, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa
Host: Australian Antarctic Division 

Marine Top Predator Habitat Use around the Sub-Antarctic Prince Edward Islands 

 

 

2016 Prince Albert II of Monaco Fellowship

GClarkGraeme Clark 

Home: The University of New South Wales, Australia
Host: McGill University, Canada

The final frontier: protecting Antarctica from invasive species 

 

 

 

2015 Fellows


CDow photo2Christine Dow

Home: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA
Host: Australian Antarctic Division

Analysis of Antarctic subglacial hydrological development in Aurora Basin using aerogeophysical data and numerical modeling

 

 

Jennifer Newall lowresJennifer Newall

Home: University of Stockholm, Sweden
Host: Bremen University, Germany

MAGIC-DML – integrating ice sheet modeling and field studies

 

Sebastian Rosier lowresSebastian Rosier

Home: British Antarctic Survey, UK
Host: Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Satellite observation and model intercomparison of tidal processes in ice-sheet grounding zones

2015 Prince Albert II of Monaco Fellowship

RTrebilco profileRowan Trebilco

Home: ACE-CRC, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Host: (1) Collecte Localisation Satellite, Ramonville-Saint-Agne and (2) Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris, France

New models for understanding the role of mesopelagic fishes and squid in Southern Ocean ecosystems

SCAR-COMNAP Combined Fellowship

Inka Koch lowresInka Koch 

Home: University of Otago, New Zealand
Host: University of Texas Institute of Geophysics, USA

Detecting marine ice internal layers and thickness in an Antarctic ice shelf with airborne ice penetrating radar

 

2014 Fellows


Jaimie Cleeland lowresJaimie Cleeland

Home: IMAS, University of Tasmania, Australia
Host: British Antarctic Survey, UK

Bottom-up and top-down influences on demographic parameters of Southern Ocean albatrosses

 

MCManojManoj M.C

Home: Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany, India
Host: Kochi University, Japan

Biomarker based reconstruction of Late Quaternary Palaeoceanographic conditions in the Indian sector of the Southern Ocean

 

Camila Signori Camila Negrão Signori

Home: Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Host: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA

Microbial diversity across environmental gradients in the Southern Ocean: a spatial, temporal and vertical approach considering the climate changes

 

Fiona Shanhun lowresFiona Shanhun 

Home: Lincoln University, New Zealand
Host: St Francis Xavier University, Canada

Constraining baseline activities of Dry Valley terrestrial ecosystems: partitioning biotic and abiotic components of soil CO2 fluxes

 

2013 Fellows


Paula Casanovas lowresPaula Casanovas

Home: University of Maryland, USA
Host: British Antarctic Survey, UK

Mapping lichen richness on the Antarctic Peninsula using remote sensing and photographic documentation by citizen scientists

Links to resulting papers:
- Poster presented at Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society Conference (RSPSoc14)
- RSPSoc14 Proceedings Paper
- Casanovas et al, Polar Research 2015, 34, 25633

 

Bella DuncanBella Duncan

Home: Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Host: University of Birmingham, UK

Miocene and Pliocene Antarctic climate history from a continental perspective: Climate reconstructions using molecular and isotopic biomarker proxies

 

Luis Huckstadt lowresLuis Huckstadt

Home: University of California Santa Cruz, USA
Host: IMAS, University of Tasmania, Australia

Retrospective Analysis of Antarctic Tracking Datasets (RAATD): Large-scale habitat use by pack-ice seals

 

RTysonReny Tyson

Home: Duke University, USA
Host: IMAS, University of Tasmania, Australia

Estimating the physiology of Antarctic krill predators: a Bayesian approach

 

SCAR-COMNAP Combined Fellowship

Luis Pertierra lowresLuis Rodriguez Pertierra

Home: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
Host: Australian Antarctic Division

Niche modelling as a tool for invasive risk assessment of vascular plants in terrestrial Antarctica

 

2012 Fellows


Bethan Davies

Home: Aberystwyth University, UK
Host: Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Understanding Holocene glacier dynamics in the NE Antarctic Peninsula, and projection of future glacier behaviour under a warming climate

Links to resulting papers:
- Davies et al (2014)
- Davies & Glasser (2014)

 

Elizabeth Shadwick

Home: ACE-CRC, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Host: Duke University, USA

Net community production and its regulating factors in the Australian Sector of the Southern Ocean

Link to resulting paper:
- Shadwick et al (2014)

 

Megumu Tsujimoto

Home: National Institute of Polar Research, Japan
Host: British Antarctic Survey, UK

Is the reproductive strategy of Antarctic flowering plants changing in response to climate change?

Link to resulting paper:
- Tsujimoto et al (2014)

 

SCAR-COMNAP Combined Fellowship

Jenson V. George

Home: National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, Goa, India
Host: GEOMAR | Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany

Influence of small scale mixing on the primary productivity and water mass formation in the Southern Ocean

 

2011 Fellows


Runa Antony

Home: National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, Goa, India
Host: Louisiana State University, USA

Implication of microbial processes for modifying gas records in Polar ice cores

 

Natalia Tilinina

Home: P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russian Academy of Sciences
Host: University of East Anglia, UK

Antarctic "missing" mesoscale cyclones representation in new reanalyses comparing to the satellite imagery

 

David Velázquez

Home: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
Host: Montana State University, USA

Planktonic-benthic coupling in Lake Bonney (McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica)

 

2010 Fellows


Sze Ling Ho

Home: Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany
Host: Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain

Development of organic sea surface temperature proxy, TEX86 for application in the polar region

 

Sunil Kumar Shukla

Home: National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, Goa, India
Host: University of Bordeaux, France

Diatom-based Paleoclimate Inferences from Antarctic to Subtropical Indian Sector of the Southern Ocean

 

Ernesto Molina Balari

Home: University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
Host: Instituto Antarctico Chileno, Chile

Bio-optical properties of Antarctic sea-ice algae

 

Francisca Vermeulen

Home: Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Host: University of Tromsø, Norway

Particulate carbon and biogenic silica in sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic

 

2009 Fellows


Jennifer Lee

Home: Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Host: British Antarctic Survey, UK

Identification of glacial refugia in Antarctica

 

Nuncio Murukesh

Home: National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, Goa, India
Host: Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, USA

The link between tropical Indian Ocean processes, Indian Ocean Dipole(IOD), and sea-ice

 

Stefano Picotti

Home: Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale (INOGS), Italy
Host: Pennsylvania State University, USA

Ice properties and basal conditions inferred from seismic data acquired on two fast-flowing ice streams (West Antarctica)

 

Odile Volonterio

Home: Universidad de la República, Uruguay
Host: British Antarctic Survey, UK

The Antarctic-Magellan connection: Diversity and biogeography of interstitial turbellarians in the Scotia Arc 

Links to resulting papers:
- Volonterio et al (2013)
- Volonterio & Brewin (2014)

 

2008 Fellows


Wendy (Wilhelmina) Clavano

Home: University of Alberta, Canada
Host: Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Retrieving snow thickness over land and sea ice by improving ground penetrating radar data processing

 

Nicholas Demetras

Home: University of Waikato, New Zealand
Host: Colorado State University, USA

The role of biotic and abiotic factors in determining the distribution of soil nematode communities in an Antarctic Dry Valley system

 

Marina Verducci

Home: University of Siena, Italy
Host: Leibniz-Institut für Meereswissenschaften (IFM-GEOMAR), Germany

Middle Miocene Southern Ocean climatic and paleoceanographic evolution and Antarctic cryosphere expansion

 

SCAR/IPF/IAI/UNEP 6CI Fellowship (funded by IPF)

Ramón Hegedüs

Home: Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
Host: Lund University, Sweden

The role of polarized skylight in animal navigation and foraging in Antarctica

 

2007 Fellows


Igino Coco

Home: Istituto di Fisica dello Spazio Interplanetario (IFSI), Italy
Host: Dartmouth College, USA

The role of abrupt solar wind dynamic pressure variations on the polar ionosphere dynamics

 

Stefanie Kaiser

Home: University of Hamburg Zoological Museum, Germany
Host: British Antarctic Survey, UK

Quantification of Southern Ocean biodiversity in space: richness and distribution of Isopoda (Crustacea, Malacostraca)in the Amundsen and Bellingshausen

 

Delphine Lannuzel

Home: Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Host: ACE-CRC, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

The role of iron as a micro-nutrient to the Antarctica sea zone algal

 

Glen Phillips

Home: University of Newcastle, Australia
Host: Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe, Germany

Structural controls and timing of upper crustal deformation within the Lambert Basin: Contribution to geodynamic, ice-sheet and mass balance models of the Mesozoic-Tertiary evolution of East Antarctica

 

2006 Fellows


Olaf Eisen

Home: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich
Host: British Antarctic Survey, UK

Reconstructing Antarctic ice sheet history from internal layering, as a contribution to SCAR's ACE and AGCS programmes

Resulting paper:
Drews, R., Martín, C., Steinhage, D. and Eisen, O., Characterizing the glaciological conditions at Halvfarryggen ice dome, Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica, J. Glaciology, Volume 59(213), 201, 9–20, 03/2013; doi:10.3189/2013JoG12J134

 

Nobue Kasamatsu

Home: National Institute of Polar Research, Japan
Host: Australian Antarctic Division

Krill, dimethyl sulphide and climate change: a contribution to SCAR's EBA, ACE and AGCS programmes

 

Stephanie Konfal

Home: Byrd Polar Research Center, USA
Host: University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

Antarctic Neotectonics, as a contribution to SCAR's ANTEC programme

 

Victoria Metcalf

Home: University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Host: Northeastern University, Boston, USA

Fat transport in Antarctic fish: a contribution to the EBA programme

 

Barbara Villoslada

Home: Cordoba University, Argentina
Host: University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Paleo-atmospheric circulation, as a contribution to the ACE programme

 

2005 Fellows


Narelle Baker

Home: Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Host: University of Bristol, UK

The evolution of the Ross Ice Shelf as a contribution to SCAR's ACE programme

 

Simone Brandao

Home: University of Hamburg, Germany
Host: Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Science

A molecular study of Antarctic ostracods as a contribution to SCAR's EBA programme

 

Veronica Fuentes

Home: University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Host: Institute Sciences de la Mer at Rimouski, Canada

Nutrients and the ecosystem as a contribution to SCAR's EBA and AGCS programmes

 

David Schneider

Home: University of Washington, USA
Host: Australian Antarctic Division

Using ice cores to determine proxies for the Southern Annular Mode, as a contribution to SCAR's AGCS programme

 

2003-04 Asturias Fellows


Elanor M Bell

Home: University of Potsdam, Germany
Host: Australian Antarctic Division

The diversity and tropho-dynamics of mixotrophic protests in Antarctic coastal waters

 

Steven Boger

Home: University of Melbourne, Australia
Host: Universität Bremen, Germany

Mesozoic evolution of the Lambert Graben, Mac.Robertson Land

 

Barbara Delmonte

Home: University of Siena, Italy
Host: LGGE, Université Joseph Fourier, France

Millennial and secular periodicities in Antarctic atmospheric circulation during the Holocene

 

Cai Minghong

Home: Polar Research Institute of China
Host: ACE-CRC, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Ice shelf - ocean interaction at the Amery Ice Shelf, Mac.Robertson Land

 

Cristina Sobrino

Home: Instituto de Ciencias Marinas de Andalucía, Spain
Host: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, USA

Phytoplankton photosynthetic kinetics of damage and repair in vertically mixed Antarctic waters

Important - Before you begin your Online Fellowship Application, you must have the three main documents ready to upload (preferably as PDF files):

  1. Your Research Proposal, together with any relevant appendices, as a single document;
  2. Your Home Institute Reference (Cover Note 1 and Letter of Reference) as a single document;
  3. Your Host Institute Agreement (Cover Note 2).

If you do not have these documents, please go to the Detailed Information page, where you can download an Application Pack (if you are applying for both SCAR and COMNAP Fellowships, the Cover Notes can be taken from either application pack).

The online application will take around 20 - 25 minutes to complete and should be completed at one sitting.

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Applications for 2017 are now closed. 

The 2017 scheme is now closed.


Background

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programmes (COMNAP) and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) are working together to attract talented early-career researchers, scientists, engineers and other professionals to strengthen international capacity and cooperation in a range of fields. Details of each of the opportunities are provided in this announcement.


Overview for SCAR, COMNAP, and CCAMLR Schemes:

SCAR Fellowships:

Eligibility:

  1. Current PhD researcher or within 5 years of finishing PhD;
  2. Visiting a facility in or run by a SCAR member country, which is different from applicant's (a) country of origin and (b) current country of residence;
  3. Should contribute to the objectives of one or more of SCAR’s science groups, including the Humanities and Social Sciences groups, and/or the Scientific Research Programmes.

Award: 4 to 5 awards for 2017; up to USD $15,000 per award; Home institute to bear in-home country costs (e.g. visa costs, domestic travel).
Application package contents: Research Proposal (with relevant appendices); Home Institute reference; Host institute agreement.
Last Date: 1st July 2017
Submission via: Online form at www.scar.org/fellowships/application
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COMNAP Fellowships:

Eligibility:

  1. Any “early-career” person, where here, “early-career” person is defined as someone who is within the first five years after completion of the highest level of university award/certificate/degree obtained; or any person, regardless of university completion, that is under the age of 40 years old on the day of the last date for the application submission. So, as examples:
    • Those who have a doctorate, with not more than 5 years since your doctoral award.
    • Those who hold a master’s degree, with not more than 5 years since your master’s degree was awarded to you.
    • Those who hold an undergraduate degree, with not more than 5 years since your bachelor’s degree or baccalaureate was awarded to you.
    • Those under the age of 40 on 1 July 2017.
  2. Applications are welcome from a range of disciplines and fields, including but not limited to, those with Engineering, Environmental Management, Data Management, Technology, Social Sciences, Humanities, Education, Communication and Outreach, Law, Operations and Logistics, Search and Rescue, Medical and Science backgrounds.
  3. Those wishing to visit a facility in or run by a COMNAP Member or Observer country, which is different from applicant’s (a) country of citizenship (which should be a COMNAP Member or Observer country) and (b) country of current residence.
  4. Applications must be for one of the COMNAP projects as indicated in the 2017 list of projects; or, if the proposed project is not on list, the proposed project must fit within COMNAP’s goals and purpose and should contribute to one or more objectives of the home or host National Antarctic Programme.

Award: Up to 1 award for 2017; up to USD $15,000 funding; Home institute or applicant to bear in-home country costs (e.g. travel visa application, salary/wages, domestic travel)
Application package contents: Proposal (with relevant appendices); Home Institute reference; Host institute agreement.
Last Date: 1st July 2017
Submission via: Online form at https://www.comnap.aq/SitePages/fellowships.aspx
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CCAMLR Scientific Scholarships:

Eligibility:

  1. Current PhD researcher (or within 5 years of finishing PhD) from a CCAMLR Member;
  2. Attending CCAMLR Scientific Committee workshops or working group meetings and relevant preparatory meetings;
  3. Should make scientific contribution to the work of CCAMLR and relate to the current priorities of the Scientific Committee.

Award: 1 to 3 awards for 2017; up to AUD $30,000 per award; Home institute to fund the work of the scientist during the proposed period of tenure of the scholarship; Senior scientist with experience of CCAMLR agrees role of Mentor.
Application package contents: See the Scholarships section of the CCAMLR website
for full details of the scheme.
Last Date: 1st October 2017
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Further details for the SCAR and COMNAP Fellowship Schemes:

The SCAR Fellowship Scheme

SCAR is a body of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and is the leading independent organisation for facilitating and coordinating Antarctic research, and for identifying issues emerging from greater scientific understanding of the region that should be brought to the attention of policy makers. Its major objective is to initiate, develop, and co-ordinate high-quality international scientific research in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean region, and on the role of the Antarctic region in the Earth system. It works closely with other organisations with a polar interest.

The SCAR Fellowship Programme is designed to encourage the active involvement of early-career scientists and engineers, social scientists and humanities researchers in Antarctic research, and to build new connections and further strengthen international capacity and cooperation in Antarctic research.

The SCAR Fellowships are intended to allow researchers to undertake short-term visits to major international laboratories, field facilities, and/or institutes in or operated by SCAR member countries, so as to become acquainted with recent advances in research and/or to develop long-term links and partnerships. The work must be carried out in a research group of a SCAR member country different from that of the (i) applicant's origin and (ii) current residence.

Topics for support should make a contribution to the objectives of SCAR as embodied in the research groups and the current Scientific Research Programmes.

Awards will be up to USD $15,000, providing, as needed, economy-class round-trip travel and a modest subsistence allowance for the fellowship period. The Fellow's home institute will bear all expenses incurred in his or her home country (domestic travel, visa costs, etc.), and the host institute will waive any bench fees that they might normally charge trainees.  In addition to the original SCAR Fellowships, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Fellowship, is a biodiversity award - the recipient will be chosen by the Selection Committee from among the SCAR Fellowship applications. Four to five SCAR Fellowship awards will be made in total, depending on the quality of the applications and the budget available.


Eligibility

The SCAR Fellowship programme is for PhD students, or those within five years of having completed a PhD on the day of the deadline for applications, to undertake research at an institute in one of the 43 SCAR Member countries (for a full list of countries, please see the list of  SCAR Member Countries). In special cases (e.g. maternity/paternity leave), this five-year period may be extended. Please contact the SCAR Secretariat (email info(at)scar.org) if you believe this to be the case.

Fellowships are awarded purely on the selection criteria for competitive selection, which are clearly stated in the Evaluation section below.


The COMNAP Antarctic Research Fellowship

COMNAP is the international independent organisation of National Antarctic Programmes. Formed in 1988, COMNAP has as its goal to develop and promote best practice in managing the support of scientific research in Antarctica.

The COMNAP Antarctic Research Fellowship is similar to the SCAR Fellowship Programme in that it is designed to encourage the active involvement of early-career Antarctic researchers and to strengthen international capacity and cooperation in the spirit of the Antarctic Treaty. Both Fellowship Programmes allow the selected Fellow to become acquainted with recent advances in research and/or to develop long-term research linkages and international partnerships.

However, there are three primary differences between the SCAR and COMNAP Fellowship Programmes. Firstly, the COMNAP Fellowship Programme is open to any postgraduate researcher and is not limited to PhD students and post-doctoral researchers.  Secondly, it is intended to allow researchers from a COMNAP member National Antarctic Programme country to undertake short-term visits to major international laboratories, field facilities, and/or institutes in or operated by other COMNAP member National Antarctic Programmes (for a list of members, please visit the Members page of the COMNAP website).  Finally, the proposed research should contribute to the objectives of the home or host National Antarctic Programme's research objectives.

The award will be up to USD $15,000, providing, as needed, economy-class round trip travel and a modest subsistence allowance for the fellowship period. The Fellow's home institute will bear all expenses incurred in his or her home country (domestic travel, visa costs, etc.), and the host institute will waive any bench fees that they might normally charge. One or two COMNAP Fellowships will be awarded in total, depending on the quality of the applications and the budget available.


Application for both schemes

The last date for submitting an application is 1st July 2017. All proposals must be made on the appropriate forms, and submitted online through the SCAR Online Application page or the COMNAP Antarctic Fellowship page.
The proposal texts should make it absolutely clear what activities will be carried out, what will be achieved, what deliverables will ensue (e.g. papers, technologies), at what cost, and in what time frame. Guidelines for preparing the proposal are given on the Research Proposal sheet in the Application Pack. There is also a webinar on “Writing for Success” (English and soon Spanish) which may be of assistance at:

http://www.scar.org/fellowship/mentoring

In order to apply for a fellowship, candidates will be required to first contact and liaise with appropriate host Antarctic projects or programmes in order to secure the support and mentorship of an active team capable of including them in their own research programme or project group.


Elements of the Application for the SCAR Fellowships Scheme

  1. Research Proposal – Prepared following the guidelines given in the Research Proposal section of the Application Pack. The Applicant must have the Research Proposal (with relevant appendices) as a single document, ready to be uploaded during the application process;
  2. Home Institute Agreement - Applicant to send Home Institute Agreement to the Home Institute Referee, and the Referee to return it to the Applicant, along with the reference letter, as a single document, ready to be uploaded during the application process;
  3. Host Institute Agreement - Applicant to send Host Institute Agreement to the Host Institute Referee, and the Host to return it to the Applicant, ready to be uploaded during the application process;
  4. Online Application Form - to be completed by the Applicant by the deadline of 1st July 2017.

It is the Applicant's responsibility to make sure that all parts of the application (Research Proposal, Home Reference and Host Agreement) are completed and received by them before beginning their online application.


Evaluation for SCAR scheme:

SCAR will coordinate volunteers from the Antarctic research community with specific expertise in the indicated discipline areas to evaluate applications. This will be based on a series of 5 categories, with the following guidance included for potential applicants:

Quality of the proposal: (35%)
This section will evaluate the overall quality of the proposal with respect to the proposed research and methodology. This will be based primarily on your research proposal and the evidence you provide for its importance, timeliness and how well both your own background and the expertise of the host institute contribute to the proposal.

Relevance to SCAR and COMNAP activities and/or Groups: (25%)
How does the research you are proposing fit in with the existing research activities of SCAR Groups and Programmes and COMNAP science support efforts? How will you follow up with these activities after the Fellowship ends?

Does the proposal help build capacity in a country that would most benefit?: (20%)
What specific benefits will you as a Fellow, and your home institute, gain from the Fellowship? Do you plan to have specific Outreach activities at your home institute or elsewhere in your home country to communicate the results and experience of your Fellowship?

Is the study largely self contained?: (10%)
Has the proposal made it clear that the planned research is well thought through and has a data plan in place agreed with the host institute?

Is the study feasible in the time estimated and will it likely lead to publication?: (10%)
Your proposal needs to make clear that you have considered the practicalities involved in undertaking the research and that there are clear deliverables that can be achieved.

We expect to make a decision and inform awardees in early to mid-August. Fellowships run for one year so must be completed by the end of July 2018.

Evaluation for COMNAP scheme:

A review panel chaired by the COMNAP Chairman and in addition comprising member of the COMNAP Executive Committee, and members of the COMNAP Expert Groups will evaluate all proposals on the basis of the excellence of the proposed project. This evaluation will also take into consideration factors such as:

its importance, timeliness and achievability within the time frame allotted;the extent to which links have already been established with the proposed host institute;the extent to which it will strengthen the capacity of other COMNAP Members or Observers with smaller or less well-developed Antarctic programmes;its 'fit' with COMNAP's objectives and purpose.

We expect to make a decision and inform the successful applicant in early August, with an official announcement being made to coincide with the COMNAP Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Brno, Czech Republic. Fellowships run for one year so must be completed by the end of July 2018.


Completion of Fellowship

At the end of each Fellowship, each candidate must provide a report to be published on the SCAR and/or COMNAP websites. Reports should cover the accomplishments and a budgetary report and should be completed following a structure similar to those posted on the Fellows page of the SCAR website. The SCAR and/or COMNAP Fellowship Scheme should be acknowledged in any resulting publications.

wordFellows Report Template

 

Application Packs

Application Packs contain the Summary Checklist, the Research Proposal instructions, the Home Institute Agreement and the Host Institute Agreement. 


Once the Research Proposal, Home Institute Reference and Host Institute Agreement are complete and ready to upload, applicants may submit their online application:

 

Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research
c/o Scott Polar Research Institute
University of Cambridge
Lensfield Road
Cambridge, CB2 1ER, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 1223 336550
info@scar.org