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  • About Fellowships
  • How to Apply
  • Available Fellowships
  • Opportunities from SCAR partners

About Fellowships

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) initiated the SCAR Fellowship Programme in 2002. The aim was to encourage the active involvement of early-career researchers 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, more than 60 SCAR Fellowships have been awarded.

The SCAR Fellowship Programme is designed to encourage the active involvement of early-career researchers in furthering our understanding of Antarctica. The Fellowships enable early-career researchers to join a project team from another country, opening up new opportunities and often creating partnerships that last many years and over many Antarctic research seasons.

In 2019 thanks to the support of France, India and the Republic of Korea there are several additional SCAR fellowship opportunities. Support from the Republic of Korea is specifically targeted at researchers from countries that have been under-represented. Additional opportunities will be offered to climate and weather researchers from developing countries through a collaboration between SCAR and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).

Award:

  • 6-7 awards for 2019
  • 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.

Who are they for?

The SCAR Fellowship Programme is for PhD students, or those within five years of having completed a PhD, to undertake research at major international laboratories, field facilities, and/or institutes in or operated by SCAR member countries with the goal to expose them to recent advances in research and 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 applicant's origin and current residence. Fellowships are awarded on the selection criteria for competitive selection, which are clearly stated in the Evaluation section on the Information page

Topics of projects proposed should align with SCAR's mission and ideally with one or more of our various groups. SCAR fellowships are open to researchers from SCAR member countries. 

In 2019 SCAR is piloting a new scheme in collaboration with the WMO. This is aimed at researchers from developing countries working in weather, climate or water related disciplines. 

How to Apply

The application form and advice on applying can be found in the How to Apply section.

Applicants may find the 2016 SCAR-COMNAP-APECS webinar on preparing Fellowship applications useful. A second webinar on the same theme was conducted in Spanish in 2017.

Available Fellowships

Please note: The application process is the same for both the SCAR Fellowships and the SCAR/WMO Fellowships, and requires submission of the same form. Please state whether you are applying for the SCAR Fellowship or the SCAR/WMO Fellowship when applying.

SCAR Fellowships

  • Eligibility: SCAR fellowships are open to researchers in Antarctic and Southern Ocean-related disciplines
  • Currently open for applications

SCAR/WMO Fellowship 

  • Eligibility: researchers from developing countries submitting an application based on weather, climate or water related disciplines. 
  • Currently open for applications

Opportunities from SCAR partners

SCAR has been working for many years with the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) ​and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to support talented early-career researchers, researchers, 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.​

Our partner organization, COMNAP, launched their fellowship scheme in 2011. 

From time to time, there are projects that overlap both of our organizations fellowship scheme goals and we have been able to jointly award fellowships with four joint SCAR-COMNAP Fellowships awarded since 2012.

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.