2018 Visiting Scholars
France to Federal University of Rio Grande - FURG, Brazil
Enhance research collaboration with FURG on penetration of anthropogenic carbon in the Antarctic Ocean, and build strong, efficient, and up to date automated systems for the measurements of carbonate properties.
India to British Antarctic Survey, UK
Build scientific capacity in palaeoclimate research and a sustainable collaborative research partnership between the National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR, India), and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS, UK).
2017 Visiting Professors
Republic of Korea to ITU Polar Research Center, Turkey
Providing advice on expedition environmental protection and safety as well as delivering public lectures.
Proposed Date: April 2018
Canada to Universided de la Republica, Uruguay
Instructor on summer field school on King George Island and mentoring researchers and students new to Antarctic research in Montevideo.
Proposed Date: January 2018
France to National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, India
Training to help develop expertise in Southern Ocean Paleoceanography, public lectures and developing wider collaborations.
Proposed Date: November 2017
France to Port Elizabeth Museum, South Africa
Training curators and biologists in dealing with Southern Ocean cephalopod beaks, establishing reference collection and a series of seminars and public talks.
Proposed Date: May 2018
2016 Visiting Professors
New Zealand to Iranian National Institute for Oceanography and Atmospheric Science
Introducing SCAR and helping Iran make decisions about developing its own Antarctic research programme
USA to Museo de La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Giving lectures and collaborative working sessions on the practice and uses of biostratigraphy
Proposed Date: July 2017
2015 Visiting Professors
UK to National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR), Goa, India
To develop cooperative cross-disciplinary work through ice core data and climate modelling
UK to University of Tromsø, Norway
Mentoring a new generation of marine geoscientists
2014 Visiting Professors
Mario De Stefano
Italy to Chile
Collaborative research with INACH colleagues starting to work with Antarctic diatoms
No report available
Canada to South Africa
Workshop for SANAP researchers and mentoring of graduate students on rock weathering
Spain to South Africa
Helping to set up a high pressure liquid chromatography-mass spectrometer (HPLC-MS), and training research students in sample preparation, analysis and interpretation.
2013 Visiting Professors
USA to Malaysia
Delayed until 2016/17
Australia to South Africa
Running a course to provide instruction in the methods used by the Southern Ocean CPR Survey
USA to the Republic of Korea
No report available
Australia to Chile
Comparison of the Antarctic science/policy interface in Chile and Australia, and to understand the importance of Punta Arenas as an Antarctic Gateway
Sweden to the Republic of Korea
No report available
The 2019 scheme is now closed and will reopen in 2020.
Components of the Award
The Visiting Scholar Scheme provides individual awards of up to USD $5000.
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.
The scheme is for any 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 Scholarships are awarded purely by competitive selection.
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 Scholar Scheme.
Elements of the Application
The complete application package consists of:
- Proposal Document - A one-page description of the proposed visit detailing the intended capacity-building activities.
- The applicant's CV.
- Online Application Form - to be completed by the applicant.
Note: the applicant must have both the Proposal Document and CV ready to upload before starting the application process, and optionally a portrait image to be used when announcing the successful applicants.
Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
Purpose of the Visiting Scholar Scheme
When preparing their proposal, candidates must focus on the core purpose of the Visiting Scholar 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. Visits can be either to smaller and developing programmes or from smaller and developing programmes, so the capacity-building process can be proposed in either way. The candidate’s career stage will be considered as part of the evaluation process.
Evaluation of Visiting Scholar Applications
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:
- the research excellence the visit will provide;
- how the visit 'fits' with SCAR's place in science and research, and with its research directions;
- how far links have already been established with the proposed host institute;
- career stage of the candidate.
Completion of Visiting Scholar Scheme
Within one month of the completion of the Visiting Scholarship, the Visiting Scholar 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.
Visiting Scholar Report Template
Documents and Forms
Applications for 2019 are now closed.
About Visiting Scholars
The core purpose of the Visiting Scholar Scheme (previously Visiting Professor Scheme), is to build capacity in countries with smaller or less-developed Antarctic research programmes. This will be the primary aspect evaluated and candidates should consider whether their proposed visit fits with these criteria. Visits can be either to smaller and developing programmes or from smaller and developing programmes, so the capacity building process can be proposed in either way.
The scheme was inaugurated in 2013 and it is directed at any scientists and academics (more than five years after completing their PhD) whose work contributes to the research objectives of SCAR, offering the opportunity for them to undertake a short-term visit (from one to four weeks) to another SCAR member country to provide or receive training and mentoring. Awards will provide an international return flight and some contribution towards living expenses for the visiting period.
Awards are granted to individuals based on competitive criteria, and enable successful candidates to contribute their experience towards strengthening the research capacity of countries with smaller or less well-developed Antarctic research programmes. The ultimate goal of the scheme is to promote capacity building in the host and home countries and to develop long-term links and partnerships, leading to advances in Antarctic research.
Thanks to the kind additional support of Switzerland and India, who are each providing funds for an additional Visiting Scholarship, we are able to offer up to three awards in 2019.
How to Apply
Details of the scheme and instructions on how to apply are on the Detailed Information page.
Details of past and present Visiting Scholars can be found on the Awardees page.