Applications are now accepted for the SCAR and COMNAP Fellowship Schemes in Antarctic Research, and submissions will be on-going till 1st July 2017. The SCAR and COMNAP Antarctic Research Fellowship are available to obtain short-term visits to major international laboratories, field facilities and/or institutes in or operated by other SCAR and COMNAP member countries. Four to five SCAR Fellowships and one or two COMNAP Fellowships will be made in total, depending on the quality of the applications and the budget available. This scholarship program is placed at the worth of USD $15,000, providing, as needed, economy-class round-trip travel and a modest subsistence allowance for the fellowship period. Fellowships run for one year so must be completed by the end of July 2018.all applicants are advised to ensure the the stated eligibility criteria are all met and that all applications must be made before the deadline.
Level: Fellowships are available for to carry out research.
Field(s): The proposed research should contribute to the objectives of the home or host National Antarctic Programme’s research objectives fit within COMNAP’s goals and purpose (SCAR Fellowship) and to the objectives of one or more of the Standing Scientific Groups and the current Scientific Research Programmes (COMNAP Fellowship).
Deadline: 1st July 2017
Funded By: The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP)
Beneficiaries(Target Groups): SCAR and COMNAP Fellowship Schemes are targeted for applicants from following countries (Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, India , Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela) can apply for these research fellowships.
‣ Award No: Four to five SCAR and COMNAP Fellowship Schemes and one or two COMNAP Fellowships will be made in total, depending on the quality of the applications and the budget available.
‣ Scholarship Duration: Fellowships run for one year so must be completed by the end of July 2016.
‣ Scholarship covers: – SCAR and COMNAP Fellowship Schemes 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. The new fellowship will be a biodiversity award and the recipient will be chosen by the Selection Committee from among the SCAR Fellowship applications.
-COMNAP Fellowship: 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.
‣ The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is a body of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and is the leading independent organisation for facilitating and coordinating Antarctic research, and for identifying issues emerging from greater scientific understanding of the region that should be brought to the attention of policy makers.
‣ The major objective of SCAR and COMNAP Fellowship Schemes is to initiate, develop, and co-ordinate high-quality international scientific research in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean region, and on the role of the Antarctic region in the Earth system.
‣ It works closely with other organisations with a polar interest. SCAR is pleased to announce that it is again working with the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) to promote an additional research fellowship opportunity.
‣ 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.
‣ 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 ( SCAR and COMNAP Fellowship Schemes) allow the selected Fellow to become acquainted with recent advances in research and/or to develop long-term research linkages and international partnerships.
SCAR and COMNAP Fellowship Schemes
COMNAP Fellowship Scheme:
‣ Current Postgraduate/PhD researcher or within 5 years of finishing the highest degree obtained;
‣ Visiting a facility in or run by a COMNAP member country, which is different from applicant’s (a) country of origin (which should be a COMNAP member country) and (b) current country of residence;
‣ Should contribute to one or more objectives of the home or host National Antarctic Program, fit within COMNAP’s goals and purpose (would welcome applicants from Engineering, Social Sciences, Humanities, Education, Communication and Outreach, and Medicine, for example).
SCAR Fellowship Scheme:
‣ Current PhD researcher or within 5 years of finishing PhD (in special cases over 5 years may be accepted, e.g. maternity/paternity leave);
‣ Visiting a facility in or run by a SCAR member country, which is different from (a) applicant’s country of origin and (b) current country of residence;
‣ Should contribute to the objectives of one or more of the Standing Scientific Groups and current Scientific Research Programmes endorsed by SCAR.
Selection Criteria for SCAR and COMNAP Fellowship 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.
Notification for SCAR and COMNAP Fellowship Schemes
‣ 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.
Scholarship Application Method
‣ All proposals must be made on the appropriate forms, and submitted online through the
The last date for submitting an application is 1st July 2017. All proposals must be made on the appropriate forms, and submitted online through the SCAR Online Application page or the COMNAP Antarctic Fellowship 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 in the Application Pack. There is also a webinar on “Writing for Success” (English and soon Spanish) which may be of assistance at:
In order to apply for a fellowship, 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 team capable of including them in their own research programme or project group.
Elements of the Application for the SCAR Fellowships Scheme
- 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;
- Home Institute Agreement – Applicant to send Home Institute Agreement 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;
- Host Institute Agreement – Applicant to send Host Institute Agreement to the Host Institute Referee, and the Host to return it to the Applicant, ready to be uploaded during the application process;
‣ Applicants are required to apply via online.
‣ 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).
‣ Scholarship Applications are due on 1st July 2017
‣ Application forms and guidelines can be download from the official website
‣ It is important to read the application procedure, and visit the official websites (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.