The 2019 scheme will open soon. The details below are from the 2018 scheme but will remain broadly similar in 2019.
The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) have been working together for many years to support talented early-career researchers, scientists, engineers, environmental managers, and other professionals to strengthen international capacity and cooperation in fields such as science support and facilitation, environmental management implementation, and climate, biodiversity, conservation, humanities and astrophysics research by way of an annual funding opportunity. For 2019, these Antarctic organisations are joined by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), who will each support additional Antarctic-related fellowships.
The COMNAP and IAATO schemes were launched together in early March 2019. Full details of both schemes are available on the COMNAP website. The closing date for applications is 10 June 2019.
This year there are two calls for CCAMLR scholarship applications, the first with a deadline of 29 March 2019, and the second with a deadline of 1 October 2019. Full details of the scheme are available on the CCAMLR website.
The SCAR Fellowship Scheme
- Current PhD researcher or within 5 years of finishing PhD;
- 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;
- 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.
- 3 to 4 awards for 2018;
- 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:
- Research Proposal (with relevant appendices);
- Home Institute Reference;
- Host Institute Agreement.
Last Date: 25 July 2018
Submission via: Online form
Details of the SCAR Fellowship Scheme
SCAR is a body of the International Science Council (ISC) 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 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).
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. Three to four SCAR Fellowship awards will be made in total, depending on the quality of the applications and the budget available.
Fellowships are awarded purely on the criteria for competitive selection, which are clearly stated in the Evaluation section below.
The last date for submitting an application is 25 July 2018. All proposals must be made on the appropriate forms, and submitted online through the SCAR 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 timeframe. 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 Spanish) on the Fellowship Mentoring page, which may assist in preparing an application.
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
- 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;
- 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;
- 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;
- Online Application Form - to be completed by the Applicant by the deadline of 25 July 2018.
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.
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.
Fellowships run for one year so must be completed by the end of July 2019.
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.
The Application Pack contains the Summary Checklist, the Research Proposal instructions, the Home Institute Agreement form 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:
- Online Application - closed until 2019