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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 Norway, Switzerland and India, who each provided funds for an additional Visiting Professorship, we were able to offer four awards in 2017.

Details of the scheme and instructions on how to apply are on the Detailed Information page.