Applications for the 2015 scheme are now closed and the details below are for information only. The next scheme will open in early 2016.
The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (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. SCAR is pleased to announce that it is again working with the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) to promote an additional research fellowship opportunity. Details of the two fellowship schemes are provided in this announcement of opportunity.
The SCAR and COMNAP Fellowships are again launched in conjunction with the CCAMLR (Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources) Scientific Scholarship Scheme. For full details of the CCAMLR scheme, please visit the CCAMLR website.
|SCAR Fellowships||COMNAP Fellowships||CCAMLR Scientific Scholarships|
|Application package contents:||
||See the Scholarships section of the CCAMLR website|
|Last date:||3rd June 2015||3rd June 2015||1st October 2015|
|Submission via:||Online form||Online form||email to science_scholarship(at)ccamlr.org|
|Any doubts / queries, contact:||info(at)scar.org||sec(at)comnap.aq||science_scholarship(at)ccamlr.org|
The SCAR Fellowship Programme is designed to encourage the active involvement of early career scientists and engineers in Antarctic scientific 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 scientific 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.
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. From 2015, an additional award, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Fellowship, will be made. This additional fellowship will be funded from money received as part of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation's Prix Biodiversité, awarded to SCAR in 2013. The new fellowship will be a biodiversity award and 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.
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 39 SCAR Member countries (for a full list of countries, please visit the SCAR National Committees page). 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.
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 two primary differences between the SCAR and COMNAP Fellowship Programmes. First, the COMNAP Fellowship Programme 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).
Secondly, the proposed research should contribute to the objectives of the home or host National Antarctic Programme's research objectives. This therefore, may be broader than the scientific groups endorsed by SCAR (Postgraduates/PhDs in, for example, Engineering, Social Sciences, Humanities, Education, Communication and Outreach, and Medicine, etc. would be welcome to apply.)
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.
The last date for submitting an application is 3rd June 2015. All proposals must be made on the appropriate forms, and submitted online through the Online Application 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 (see below).
In order to apply, 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 research team capable of including them in their own research programme.
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.
A scientific review panel chaired by a representative of the SCAR Capacity Building, Education and Training Committee and in addition comprising a member of the SCAR Executive Committee, a member of the COMNAP Executive Committee, the Chief Officers of the three SCAR Standing Scientific Groups or their Alternates, and the SCAR Executive Officer will evaluate all proposals on the basis of the scientific excellence of the proposed research. This evaluation will also take into consideration factors such as:
SCAR Fellowship awards should be confirmed by the Executive Committee in late July and applicants will be informed of the results in August, the official announcement being made during the COMNAP AGM in late August. Fellowships run for one year so must be completed by the end of July 2016.
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 scientific 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.
Application Packs contain the Summary Checklist, the Research Proposal instructions, the Home Institute Agreement (Cover Note 1) and the Host Institute Agreement (Cover Note 2). Applicants submitting an application to both schemes may use either Application Pack:
Once the Research Proposal, Home Institute Reference and Host Institute Agreement are complete and ready to upload, applicants may submit their online application: