International SCAR Fellowship Programme, Worldwide-2015
SCAR and COMNAP Fellowship Scheme 2015: Online Application
Important – Before you begin your Online Fellowship Application, you must have the three main documents ready to upload (preferably as PDF files):
- Your Research Proposal, together with any relevant appendices, as a single document;
- Your Home Institute Reference (Cover Note 1 and Letter of Reference) as a single document;
- Your Host Institute Agreement (Cover Note 2).
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|Last date:||3rd June 2015||3rd June 2015||1st October 2015|
The SCAR Fellowship Scheme
The SCAR Fellowship Programme is designed to encourage the active involvement of early career scientists and engineers in Antarctic scientific 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 scientific 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 scientific objectives of SCAR as embodied in the Standing Scientific Groups and the current Scientific Research Programmes.
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. From 2015, an additional award, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Fellowship, will be made. This additional fellowship will be funded from money received as part of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation’s Prix Biodiversité, awarded to SCAR in 2013. The new fellowship will be a biodiversity award and the recipient will be chosen by the Selection Committee from among the SCAR Fellowship applications. Four to five SCAR Fellowship awards will be made in total, depending on the quality of the applications and the budget available.
The SCAR Fellowship programme is for PhD students, or those within five years of having completed a PhD on the day of the deadline for applications, to undertake research at an institute in one of the 39 SCAR Member countries (for a full list of countries, please visit the SCAR National Committees page). In special cases (e.g. maternity/paternity leave), this five-year period may be extended. Please contact the SCAR Secretariat (emailinfo(at)scar.org) if you believe this to be the case.
Fellowships are awarded purely on the selection criteria for competitive selection, which are clearly stated in the Evaluation section below.
The COMNAP Antarctic Research Fellowship
COMNAP is the international independent organisation of National Antarctic Programmes. Formed in 1988, COMNAP has as its goal to develop and promote best practice in managing the support of scientific research in Antarctica.
The COMNAP Antarctic Research Fellowship is similar to the SCAR Fellowship Programme in that it is designed to encourage the active involvement of early career Antarctic researchers and to strengthen international capacity and cooperation in the spirit of the Antarctic Treaty. Both Fellowship Programmes allow the selected Fellow to become acquainted with recent advances in research and/or to develop long-term research linkages and international partnerships.
However, there are two primary differences between the SCAR and COMNAP Fellowship Programmes. First, the COMNAP Fellowship Programme is intended to allow researchers from a COMNAP member National Antarctic Programme country to undertake short-term visits to major international laboratories, field facilities, and/or institutes in or operated by other COMNAP member National Antarctic Programmes (for a list of members, please visit the Members page of the COMNAP website).
Secondly, the proposed research should contribute to the objectives of the home or host National Antarctic Programme’s research objectives. This therefore, may be broader than the scientific groups endorsed by SCAR (Postgraduates/PhDs in, for example, Engineering, Social Sciences, Humanities, Education, Communication and Outreach, and Medicine, etc. would be welcome to apply.)
The award 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. One or two COMNAP Fellowships will be awarded in total, depending on the quality of the applications and the budget available.
Application for both schemes
The last date for submitting an application is 3rd June 2015. All proposals must be made on the appropriate forms, and submitted online through the 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 time frame. Guidelines for preparing the proposal are given on the Research Proposal sheet (see below).
In order to apply, 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 research team capable of including them in their own research programme.
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;
- Cover Note 1 (Home Institute) – Applicant to send Cover Note 1 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;
- Cover Note 2 (Host Institute) – Applicant to send Cover Note 2 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 3rd June 2015.
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.
Evaluation for both schemes
A scientific review panel chaired by a representative of the SCAR Capacity Building, Education and Training Committee and in addition comprising a member of the SCAR Executive Committee, a member of the COMNAP Executive Committee, the Chief Officers of the three SCAR Standing Scientific Groups or their Alternates, and the SCAR Executive Officer will evaluate all proposals on the basis of the scientific excellence of the proposed research. This evaluation will also take into consideration factors such as:
- its importance, timeliness and achievability within the time frame allotted;
- the extent to which links have already been established with the proposed host country;
- the extent to which it will strengthen the scientific research capacity of nations with smaller or less well-developed Antarctic research programmes;
- its ‘fit’ with SCAR’s place in science and with SCAR’s scientific directions; and for COMNAP, its fit with COMNAP’s goals and objectives.
SCAR Fellowship awards should be confirmed by the Executive Committee in late July and applicants will be informed of the results in August, the official announcement being made during the COMNAP AGM in late August. Fellowships run for one year so must be completed by the end of July 2016.
Completion of Fellowship
At the end of each Fellowship, each candidate must provide a report to be published on the SCAR and/or COMNAP websites. Reports should cover the scientific 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 and/or COMNAP Fellowship Scheme should be acknowledged in any resulting publications.
Application Packs contain the Summary Checklist, the Research Proposal instructions, the Home Institute Agreement (Cover Note 1) and the Host Institute Agreement (Cover Note 2). Applicants submitting an application to both schemes may use either Application Pack:
- SCAR Fellowship Application Pack
- COMNAP Fellowship Application Pack
- Application Summary Checklist (includes both SCAR and COMNAP schemes)
- Printable version of this Announcement of Opportunity
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 – Applications are open until 3rd June 2015.