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As part of SCAR’s efforts to build Antarctic research capacity, two programmes have been created: Early Career Fellowships and Visiting Scholar Awards (previously Visiting Professor Awards). 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. The Visiting Scholar Awards are directed at scientists and academics whose work contributes to the research objectives of SCAR, offering the opportunity for them to undertake a short-term visit to another SCAR member country to provide training and mentoring.

In addition to these capacity building schemes, SCAR also aims to recognize members of the community who have outstanding records of achievement in the areas of Research and Service by awarding SCAR Medals.