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SCAR Fellowship Scheme

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Recent Queries:

Q: It may not be possible for me to travel due to COVID restrictions but my proposal could be carried out partially remote.  With regard to the budget, should I assume I won't be able to travel and budget for a remote fellowship, or should I propose two different budgets, one with travel and one remote?
A: You should make your application on the assumption that normal travel will be possible, then your proposal and budget can be adapted later, if and when necessary.

Q: Can I include COVID quarantine costs in my budget?
A: Yes.  Living costs are covered and quarantine costs would be incurred directly because of the Fellowship.


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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.

Funding and Budgets

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: Which costs can be included in the budget?
A: Subsistence and international travel from your home country will make up the bulk of your budget. You can also include research costs and consumables (slides, for example) specific to the project, provided they are not part of bench fees.

Q: What is covered by subsistence costs?
A: Subsistence costs are any expenditure you would have in order to live - accommodation, food, local transport to and from the host institute.

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: 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: What costs from the host institute can be included in the budget?
A: For host institutes, any costs for consumables that they incur as a direct result of the fellowship, such as testing kits or materials needed for experiments, can be included in the budget. However, host institutes must not charge fellows any blanket "overhead" costs or contributions to the running of a lab. 

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: 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: Is the funding given through reimbursement of expenses like travel costs, project expenses, etc., or is it paid as a monthly allowance, or is it a single payment made at the start?
A: Generally, 95% of the award is paid in advance, soon after the fellowship is awarded, with the final 5% being paid when we receive the report at the end.  However, at present with COVID restrictions, we will wait until any travel element of the award is possible before making the initial transfer.

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.

Home Institute

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: What costs will be incurred by the home institutes?
A: For home institutes, the costs should only be the fee for a visa, if required, and transport on home soil to and from the airport.

Host 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: 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: I would like to visit a second institution during my stay with my Host Institute. Does this second institution need to also fill out a Host Institute form?
A: The second institute would only need to fill out the form if it will host you for an extended period, significant in the context of the overall Fellowship stay, and that their participation is critical to the successsful completion of hte Fellowship. If the purpose of visiting the second institution is for example to add value through gathering extra data, samples etc. then it would not require a second Host Institue form to be completed.  

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: 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: 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: What costs will be incurred by the host institutes?
A: For host institutes, any costs for consumables that they will incur as a direct result of the fellowship, such as testing kits or materials needed for experiments, can be charged and included in the budget. However, host institutes must not charge fellows any blanket "overhead" costs or contributions to the running of a lab. 


Q: The application is clear that the headers must be included in the Proposal. Do the questions that follow the headers need to be included also? For example, where a section is headed "Success Factors: What will show if the project has succeeded?", can I delete "What will show if the project has succeeded?" so that it does not appear in the word count?
A: Yes, it's fine to delete the questions that follow the section headings.  They are there just to offer guidance on what you need to include in your proposal.

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 Metadata 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: Can the area of research include the sub-Antarctic islands?
A: Yes, but it must be relevant to Antarctic science.

Q: Does the project have to contain a fieldwork component?
A: No.

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: 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.


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: 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: 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. These could include member countries listed as Initial Stage Programmes or Associate Members.

Other Questions

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: Will a fellowship be helpful for getting any postdoc position at a related institute in the future?
A: Any fellowship (including a SCAR 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.

Writing for Success!

Advice for applicants to the SCAR Fellowship Scheme

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 researchers 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 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  pdf "Writing for Success" document (112 KB) 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).

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.

Further APECS webinars were held in 2021 in Portuguese and German.  Both are available on the SCAR YouTube channel.


pdf "Writing for Success" document (112 KB) in printable Acrobat pdf format.

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

  Recordings of all webinars are available below.

Writing for Success Webinar (English), April 2016:

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

Writing for Success Webinar (Spanish), March 2017:

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

SCAR Fellowship Webinar (Portuguese), May 2021:

APECS SCAR Fellowships Webinar Portuguese

SCAR Fellowship Webinar (German), December 2021:

SCAR/APECS Germany Fellowship Webinar in German


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, 83 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 to 2018 a Prince Albert II of Monaco Fellowship was 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.


2021 Fellows

David VendramiDavid Vendrami 

Home: Bielefeld University, Germany
Host: British Antarctic Survey, UK

Seascape genomics in the cold


Luis Hillebrand

Fernando Luis Hillebrand  

Home: Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Host: Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)

Spectral linear mixing model applied to data from passive microwave radiometers for sea ice thickness mapping in the Weddell Sea 


Lisa Craw

Lisa Craw 

Home: Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, Australia
Host: Swansea University, UK

The Geodynamic Ice-shelf Suture-zone Model (GlzMo): quantifying the influence of suture zones on the structural itnegrity of a large Antarctic ice shelf


Lumi Haraguchi

 Lumi Haraguchi 

Home: Finnish Environment Institute, Finland
Host: University of Cape Town, South Africa

The influence of nano-flagellate functional types on carbon and nitrogen cycling across the Southern Ocean


Natalia Rosciano

Natalia Gimena Rosciano 

Home: Centro para el Estudio de Sistemas Marinos (CESIMAR), Argentina
Host: Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Louisiana State University, USA

Using triple stable isotope analysis to quantify the trophic niches of sympatric Pygoscelis penguin species with differing responses to environmental change.


2020 Fellows

Dalia Barragan Barrera

Dalia Carolina Barragán Barrera

Home: Colombian Antarctic Program, Comisión Colombiana del Océano, Colombia
Host: Oceanográfico y Antártico de la Armada, Ecuador

Assessing population genetic status and mercury bioaccumulation of southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonina) in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctic Peninsula


Morgan Seag

Morgan Seag

Home: University of Cambridge, UK
Host: Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, Australia

Toward an intersectional framework for understanding gender inequality in international Antarctic research


Ievgeniia PrekrasnaIevgeniia Prekrasna

Home: National Antarctic Scientific Center, Ukraine
Host: University of Oulu, Finland

Exploring beneficial role of endophytic bacteria for survival of Deschampsia antarctica in arid Antarctic environments using culture based and OMICS-techniques


Minkyoung KimMinkyoung Kim

Home: Seoul National University, South Korea
Host: Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany

Reconstruction of polynya development in the western Amundsen Shelf Embayment since the last deglaciation using IPSO25



2019 Fellows

Masaru Kogure web

Masaru Kogure

Home: National Institute of Polar Research, Japan
Host: Hampton University, US

Impact of change in Antarctic gravity waves due to climate change on the atmosphere


Image Jackson Chu

Jackson Chu 

Home: Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
Host: British Antarctic Survey, UK

SCAR Sarah L Jackson websiteSarah Jackson 

Home: The Australian National University, Australia
Host: British Antarctic Survey/Cambridge University, UK

Development of the 17O-excess paleoproxy: insights from a high-resolution Antarctic Peninsula core


Andrew Corso webAndrew Corso 

Home: Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences, US 
Host: CCAMLR, Australia

A larval fish bycatch guide for the Antarctic krill fishery



Kimberlee Baldry Fellow 2019Kimberlee Baldry 

Home: Institute of Marine Science and Antarctic Studies, Australia
Host: Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche, France

The improvement of Biogeochemical Argo chlorophyll-a concentration data for large-scale studies of Southern Ocean phytoplankton


Martina Mascioni webMartina Mascioni 

Home: Department of Phycology, University of La Plata, Argentina
Host: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, US

Diversity of bloom-forming phytoplankton species in Western Antarctic Peninsula (WAP) nearshore waters


MiaWege webMia Wege 

Home: Mammal Research Institute, South Africa
Host: Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, Australia

Long-term foraging strategies and their consequences to Antarctic fur seals



Pavlovska photo webMariia Pavlovska 

Home:  State Institution National Antarctic Scientific Center, Ukraine
Host: Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Germany

Exploring the interplay of Antarctic bacterioplankton and phytoplankton by integration of biodiversity, contextual, and OMICS data



2018 Fellows

Lettie Roach webLettie Roach

Home: Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand 
Host: University of North Carolina, USA

  pdf The influence of nonlinear physical processes on the seasonal cycle of Antarctic sea ice  (331 KB)


Pamela Santibanez webPamela Santibáñez

Home: Instituto Antartico Chileno, Chile
Host: Desert Research Institute, USA

Microbes within deep ice cores: Unravelling the microbial responses to climatic and ecosystem processes


Abhilash Nair webAbhilash Nair

Home: National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research, India
Host: GNS Science, New Zealand

  pdf Pleistocene-Holocene variability in ACC strength and Agulhas leakage intensity (679 KB)


Bruno Fusaro webBruno Fusaro

Home: Instituto Antártico Argentino, Argentina
Host: Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Spain

  pdf Molecular and epidemiological diagnosis of parasitic diseases in Pygoscelid penguins in the content of global climate change (293 KB)


2018 Prince Albert II of Monaco Fellowship

Monica Remedios web

 Mónica Luján Remedios-De León

Home: University of the Republic, Uruguay
Host: The British Antarctica Survey, UK

  pdf Development of a non-native species management plan: Development of a non-native species management plan: Trichocera maculipennis (Meigen, 1818) (Diptera: Trichoceridae) on King George Island, South Shetland Islands (Meigen, 1818) (Diptera: Trichoceridae) on King George Island, South Shetland Islands (118 KB)


2017 Fellows

Leena Riekkola 

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

  pdf Spatial analysis of humpback whale behaviour and habitat use patterns in Antarctica. (431 KB)


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 Nielsen

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

pdf Framing Antarctica as Fragile: Tracing the evolution of media narratives about the far south (1945 – 2015). (351 KB)


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

  pdf Effect of vegetation cover on active layer thermal regime in climatically contrasted environments of Antarctica. (121 KB)


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

pdf Response of Southern Indian Ocean coccolithophores to climate change: evidence from laboratory culture experiments. (168 KB)



2016 Fellows

Lavenia Ratnarajah Fellow 2016Lavenia Ratnarajah 

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

pdf Effects of natural iron fertilisation by baleen whales on the microbial community in the Southern Ocean (183 KB)



Jilda Caccavo Fellow 2016Jilda 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



Ryan Reisinger Fellow 2016Ryan Reisinger

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

pdf Marine Top Predator Habitat Use around the Sub-Antarctic Prince Edward Islands  (164 KB)




2016 Prince Albert II of Monaco Fellowship

Graeme Clark Fellow 2016Graeme Clark 

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

The final frontier: protecting Antarctica from invasive species 




2015 Fellows

Christine Dow Fellow 2015Christine Dow

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

  pdf Analysis of Antarctic subglacial hydrological development in Aurora Basin using aerogeophysical data and numerical modeling (226 KB)



Jennifer Newall Fellow 2015Jennifer Newall

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

MAGIC-DML – integrating ice sheet modeling and field studies



Sebastian Rosier Fellow 2015Sebastian Rosier

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

pdf Satellite observation and model intercomparison of tidal processes in ice-sheet grounding zones (1.27 MB)


2015 Prince Albert II of Monaco Fellowship

Rowan Trebilco Fellow 2015Rowan Trebilco

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

pdf New models for understanding the role of mesopelagic fishes and squid in Southern Ocean ecosystems (252 KB)


SCAR-COMNAP Combined Fellowship

Inka Koch Fellow 2015Inka 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 Fellow 2014Jaimie Cleeland

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

pdf Bottom-up and top-down influences on demographic parameters of Southern Ocean albatrosses (1.72 MB)


Manoj MC Fellow 2014Manoj M.C

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

  pdf Biomarker based reconstruction of Late Quaternary Palaeoceanographic conditions in the Indian sector of the Southern Ocean (601 KB)


Camila Signori Fellow 2014Camila Negrão Signori

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

  pdf Microbial diversity across environmental gradients in the Southern Ocean: a spatial, temporal and vertical approach considering the climate changes (218 KB)

Links to resulting papers and output:
Signori et al (2017)
- Presentation at the OSC Kuala Lumpur (2016)
- Award 1st Place Oral Presentation "South American Region" at OSC Kuala Lumpur (2016) 


Fiona Shanhun Fellow 2014Fiona 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 Fellow 2013Paula Casanovas

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

  pdf Mapping lichen richness on the Antarctic Peninsula using remote sensing and photographic documentation by citizen scientists (61 KB)

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 Duncan Fellow 2013Bella Duncan

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

  pdf Miocene and Pliocene Antarctic climate history from a continental perspective: Climate reconstructions using molecular and isotopic biomarker proxies (85 KB)


Luis Huckstadt Fellow 2013Luis Huckstadt

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

pdf Retrospective Analysis of Antarctic Tracking Datasets (RAATD): Large-scale habitat use by pack-ice seals (254 KB)


Reny Tyson Fellow 2013

Reny Tyson

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

pdf Estimating the physiology of Antarctic krill predators: a Bayesian approach (482 KB)


 SCAR-COMNAP Combined Fellowship

Luis Pertierra Fellow 2013

Luis Rodriguez Pertierra

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

pdf Niche modelling as a tool for invasive risk assessment of vascular plants in terrestrial Antarctica (707 KB)



2012 Fellows

Bethan Davies

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

pdf Understanding Holocene glacier dynamics in the NE Antarctic Peninsula, and projection of future glacier behaviour under a warming climate (73 KB)

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


Elizabeth Shadwick

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

pdf Net community production and its regulating factors in the Australian Sector of the Southern Ocean (577 KB)

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


Megumu Tsujimoto

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

pdf Is the reproductive strategy of Antarctic flowering plants changing in response to climate change? (70 KB)

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

pdf Influence of small scale mixing on the primary productivity and water mass formation in the Southern Ocean (373 KB)


2011 Fellows

Runa Antony

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

pdf Implication of microbial processes for modifying gas records in Polar ice cores (369 KB)


Natalia Tilinina

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

pdf Antarctic "missing" mesoscale cyclones representation in new reanalyses comparing to the satellite imagery (362 KB)


David Velázquez

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

pdf Planktonic-benthic coupling in Lake Bonney (McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica) (71 KB)


2010 Fellows

Sze Ling Ho

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

pdf Development of organic sea surface temperature proxy, TEX86 for application in the polar region (71 KB)


Sunil Kumar Shukla

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

pdf Diatom-based Paleoclimate Inferences from Antarctic to Subtropical Indian Sector of the Southern Ocean (285 KB)


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

pdf Particulate carbon and biogenic silica in sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic (40 KB)


2009 Fellows

Jennifer Lee

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

pdf Identification of glacial refugia in Antarctica (98 KB)


Nuncio Murukesh

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

pdf The link between tropical Indian Ocean processes, Indian Ocean Dipole(IOD), and sea-ice (673 KB)


Stefano Picotti

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

pdf Ice properties and basal conditions inferred from seismic data acquired on two fast-flowing ice streams (West Antarctica) (872 KB)


Odile Volonterio

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

pdf The Antarctic-Magellan connection: Diversity and biogeography of interstitial turbellarians in the Scotia Arc (872 KB)

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

pdf Retrieving snow thickness over land and sea ice by improving ground penetrating radar data processing (889 KB)


Nicholas Demetras

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

pdf The role of biotic and abiotic factors in determining the distribution of soil nematode communities in an Antarctic Dry Valley system (234 KB)


Marina Verducci

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

pdf Middle Miocene Southern Ocean climatic and paleoceanographic evolution and Antarctic cryosphere expansion (152 KB)


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

Ramón Hegedüs

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

pdf The role of polarized skylight in animal navigation and foraging in Antarctica (143 KB)


2007 Fellows

Igino Coco

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

pdf The role of abrupt solar wind dynamic pressure variations on the polar ionosphere dynamics (72 KB)


Stefanie Kaiser

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

pdf Quantification of Southern Ocean biodiversity in space: richness and distribution of Isopoda (Crustacea, Malacostraca)in the Amundsen and Bellingshausen (20 KB)


Delphine Lannuzel

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

pdf The role of iron as a micro-nutrient to the Antarctica sea zone algal (307 KB)


Glen Phillips

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

pdf 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 (141 KB)


2006 Fellows

Olaf Eisen

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

pdf Reconstructing Antarctic ice sheet history from internal layering, as a contribution to SCAR's ACE and AGCS programmes (20 KB)

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

pdf Krill, dimethyl sulphide and climate change: a contribution to SCAR's EBA, ACE and AGCS programmes (71 KB)


Stephanie Konfal

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

pdf Antarctic Neotectonics, as a contribution to SCAR's ANTEC programme (60 KB)


Victoria Metcalf

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

pdf Fat transport in Antarctic fish: a contribution to the EBA programme (437 KB)


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

pdf The evolution of the Ross Ice Shelf as a contribution to SCAR's ACE programme (73 KB)


Simone Brandao

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

pdf A molecular study of Antarctic ostracods as a contribution to SCAR's EBA programme (126 KB)


Veronica Fuentes

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

pdf Nutrients and the ecosystem as a contribution to SCAR's EBA and AGCS programmes (76 KB)


David Schneider

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

pdf Using ice cores to determine proxies for the Southern Annular Mode, as a contribution to SCAR's AGCS programme (81 KB)


2003-04 Asturias Fellows

Elanor M Bell

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

pdf The diversity and tropho-dynamics of mixotrophic protests in Antarctic coastal waters (110 KB)


Steven Boger

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

pdf Mesozoic evolution of the Lambert Graben, Mac.Robertson Land (127 KB)


Barbara Delmonte

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

pdf Millennial and secular periodicities in Antarctic atmospheric circulation during the Holocene (314 KB)


Cai Minghong

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

pdf Ice shelf - ocean interaction at the Amery Ice Shelf, Mac.Robertson Land (384 KB)


Cristina Sobrino

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

pdf Phytoplankton photosynthetic kinetics of damage and repair in vertically mixed Antarctic waters (300 KB)


Applications for 2022 are now closed. 

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 (Home Agreement and Letter of Reference) as a single document;
  3. Your Host Institute Agreement.

If you do not have these documents, please go to the How to Apply page, where you can download an Application Pack.

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

Applications for the 2022 Fellowship Scheme are now closed.

If you cannot find the information you are looking for on this page, please check the Frequently Asked Questions page before contacting the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All proposals must be made on the appropriate forms, and submitted online through the SCAR Online Application page

On this page:

  • Summary of the Scheme
  • Eligibility for SCAR Fellowship
  • Application pack (including elements of the application)
  • Evaluation
  • Completion of Fellowship

Summary of the Scheme


Eligibility for SCAR Fellowship (full details are given further down this page):

  1. Current PhD researcher or within 5 years of finishing PhD;
  2. Visiting an Antarctic research 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 group, and/or the Scientific Research Programmes.

2022 Award

  • 4-5 awards for 2022;
  • up to USD $15,000 per award;
  • Home institute to bear in-home country costs (e.g. visa costs, domestic travel);
  • Host institute to waive bench fees, if any.

Application Package Contents

The application pack contains the guidance and forms needed to apply for a SCAR Fellowship (full details are given further down this page).

  • Research Proposal (with relevant appendices);
  • Home Institute Reference;
  • Host Institute Agreement;
  • Guidance on Elements of the Application;
  • Guidance on the Evaluation Process.


  • Fellowships run for one year. 
  • Submission via: Online form
  • Any doubts/queries, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Eligibility for SCAR Fellowship 

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 45 SCAR Member countries (for a full list of countries, please see the information about SCAR Member Countries). In special cases (e.g. maternity/paternity leave), this five-year period may be extended. Please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you believe this to be the case. 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.

From 2022 for the next three years, a Prince Albert II Fellowship will be awarded, funded by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation through the Polar Initiative, and selected from among the successful applications in the broad research area of biodiversity and climate change.

For 2022, given the continuing uncertainty over the impact of Covid19-related travel restrictions, applicants are able to propose partly or entirely remote Fellowships. There will also be greater flexibility in the timing of visits if there are continuing restrictions caused by Covid.

Topics for support should link to the objectives of one or more of SCAR’s science groups, including the Humanities and Social Sciences group, and/or the current Scientific Research Programmes endorsed by SCAR (visit SCAR's science and research pages for details of SCAR's groups). 

Fellowships are awarded based on the criteria for competitive selection, which are clearly stated in the Evaluation guidance given below and in the application pack.

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. In addition, there is a webinar on “Writing for Success” available in English and Spanish which may assist in preparing an application, and SCAR Fellowship webinars are available in Portuguese and German.

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.

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. 


Application Pack

The Application Pack contains the Summary Checklist, the Research Proposal instructions and keywords list, the Home Institute Agreement form and the Host Institute Agreement:

Elements of the Application:

  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 and Reference - 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 31 August 2022.

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.

Making the Application:

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


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 five 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 activities and/or Groups (25%)
How does the research you are proposing fit in with the existing research activities of SCAR Groups and Programmes?  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.

Completion of Fellowship

At the end of each Fellowship, each candidate must provide a report to be published on the SCAR website. 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 Fellowship Scheme should be acknowledged in any resulting publications.