SCAR Visiting Professor Scheme
The 2017 scheme is now open until May 31st.
The Visiting Professor Scheme provides individual awards of up to USD $2500 and requires some financial commitment from the candidate's home institute (or the candidate themselves) and from the proposed host:
The number of awards given by SCAR will depend on the quality of the applications and the total budget available. The amount of each individual award will take into account local factors.
SCAR Visiting Professor awards should be confirmed by the Executive Committee in early July and the results will be announced later in July. Visiting Professorships run for one year so must be completed by the end of July of the following year.
The scheme is for mid- to late-career stage scientists and academics (more than five years after completing their PhD) whose research contributes to SCAR's objectives, as embodied in the Science Groups and Scientific Research Programmes. The host institute must be in or operated by one of the SCAR Member countries and must be a country different from that of (i) the candidate's current position and (ii) the candidate's origin (although the latter may be waived at the discretion of the Selection Committee). Visiting Professorships are awarded purely by competitive selection, the criteria for which are given in the Evaluation section below.
In order to apply, scientists and academics are required to first contact and liaise with the appropriate host, to secure the support of an organisation or institute undertaking Antarctic research that would benefit from the visit.
Both the home and host institutes must be willing to take part in the SCAR Visiting Professor Scheme. The scientist or academic must have full support from their home institute and this will be indicated in Cover Note 1, acknowledging the home institute support. In the case of retired professors who remain active in Antarctic research, they themselves will bear the cost of domestic travel and visa procurement in their home country, and will indicate this in Cover Note 1. The contact at the host institute will acknowledge their support of the visiting professor in Cover Note 2.
The complete application package consists of:
It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that they have completed the online application process, including uploading both cover notes, by the deadline. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
When preparing their applications candidates are encouraged to focus on the core purpose of the Visiting Professor Scheme, which is to build capacity in countries with smaller or less-developed Antarctic research programmes. This will be the primary aspect of the application to be evaluated and candidates should consider whether their proposed visit fits with these criteria.
During the application process, candidates will need to provide some background information on their career and details of their work history, the institute(s) where they have been employed and a brief summary of their research (Section 3 in the application). They will also be required to provide a short description of their proposed activities at the host institute, indicating the expected outcomes, the relevance to SCAR, the time frame of the visit, any existing links that have already been established with the host, and showing what they and the host institute are expected to gain from the work (Section 6 in the application). To prevent the loss of any information, candidates may choose to prepare their responses before beginning the online form. The questions requiring some preparation are given below.
Guidance Notes for completing these sections are available for download.
The review panel will comprise representatives from the SCAR Capacity Building, Education and Training (CBET) Committee, the SCAR Executive Committee and one or more of the Officers of the SCAR Science Groups or their Alternates. The review panel will evaluate all proposals on their potential to build capacity in countries with smaller or less-developed Antarctic research programmes. This evaluation will also take into consideration factors such as:
Completion of Visiting Professor Scheme
Within one month of the completion of the Visiting Professorship, the Visiting Professor must provide a short report that will be published on the SCAR website. Reports should cover the activities carried out and the accomplishments achieved, as well as future plans. Final distribution of funds may be delayed if the report is not submitted on time.