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Applications for the 2019 Fellowship Schemes are open until 17 July 2019. If you cannot find the information you are looking for on this page, please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All proposals must be made on the appropriate forms, and submitted online through the SCAR Online Application page. Please note that the application process for SCAR Fellowships and SCAR/WMO (World Meteorological Organisation) Fellowships is the same, and requires submission of the same application form. 

On this page:

  • Eligibility
  • Award
  • Application pack
  • Elements of the application
  • Completion of Fellowships

Eligibility:

Eligibility for SCAR Fellowship (see full details further down)

  1. Current PhD researcher or within 5 years of finishing PhD;
  2. Visiting an Antarctic research facility in or run by a SCAR member country, which is different from applicant's (a) country of origin and (b) current country of residence;
  3. Should contribute to the objectives of one or more of SCAR’s science groups, including the Humanities and Social Sciences group, and/or the Scientific Research Programmes.

Eligibility for SCAR/WMO Fellowship

  1. Current PhD researcher or within 5 years of finishing PhD;
  2. Citizen of a WMO Member Country;
  3. Citizen of a developing economy;
  4. Visiting an Antarctic research facility in or run by a SCAR member country, which is different from applicant's (a) country of origin and (b) current country of residence;
  5. Proposing a topic in a weather, climate, or operational hydrology related discipline;
  6. Should link to the objectives of one or more of SCAR’s science groups, including the Humanities and Social Sciences group, and/or the Scientific Research Programmes.

Award:

  • 6-7 awards for 2019;
  • up to USD $15,000 per award;
  • Home institute to bear in-home country costs (e.g. visa costs, domestic travel);
  • Host institute to waive bench fees, if any.

Application package contents: 

The document application pack (146 KB) contains the guidance and forms needed to apply for a SCAR or SCAR/WMO Fellowship.

  • Research Proposal (with relevant appendices);
  • Home Institute Reference;
  • Host Institute Agreement;
  • Guidance on Elements of the Application;
  • Guidance on the Evaluation Process.

Evaluation

SCAR will coordinate volunteers from the Antarctic research community with specific expertise in the indicated discipline areas to evaluate applications. This will be based on a series of five categories, with the following guidance included for potential applicants: 

Quality of the proposal (35%)
This section will evaluate the overall quality of the proposal with respect to the proposed research and methodology. This will be based primarily on your research proposal and the evidence you provide for its importance, timeliness and how well both your own background and the expertise of the host institute contribute to the proposal. 

Relevance to SCAR activities and/or Groups (25%)
How does the research you are proposing fit in with the existing research activities of SCAR Groups and Programmes?  How will you follow up with these activities after the Fellowship ends?

Does the proposal help build capacity in a country that would most benefit? (20%)
What specific benefits will you as a Fellow, and your home institute, gain from the Fellowship?  Do you plan to have specific Outreach activities at your home institute or elsewhere in your home country to communicate the results and experience of your Fellowship?

Is the study largely self contained? (10%)
Has the proposal made it clear that the planned research is well thought through and has a data plan in place agreed with the host institute?

Is the study feasible in the time estimated and will it likely lead to publication? (10%)
Your proposal needs to make clear that you have considered the practicalities involved in undertaking the research and that there are clear deliverables that can be achieved.

Notes

Fellowships run for one year. 

Submission via: Online form

When filling out the online form you will be asked whether you want to be considered for a SCAR Fellowship, a SCAR/WMO Fellowship or both. Other than the eligibility criteria detailed above, the remainder of the online form and the evaluation of the applications proceed in the same manner, whatever options are selected. Differentiation for the SCAR/WMO Fellowship only occurs after the collation of all of the evaluations. 

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Eligibility for SCAR Fellowship and SCAR/WMO Fellowship

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 44 SCAR Member countries (for a full list of countries, please see the information about SCAR Member Countries).  In special cases (e.g. maternity/paternity leave), this five-year period may be extended.  Please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you believe this to be the case. 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.

In addition, for the SCAR/WMO Fellowship the applicant should be a citizen of both a WMO member country and a developing economy.

Topics for support should link to the objectives of one or more of SCAR’s science groups, including the Humanities and Social Sciences group, and/or the current Scientific Research Programmes endorsed by SCAR (visit SCAR's science and research pages for details of SCAR's groups). 

Fellowships are awarded based on the criteria for competitive selection, which are clearly stated in the Evaluation guidance given above and in the application pack.

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” available in English and Spanish which may assist in preparing an application.

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.

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. 

 

Application Pack

The Application Pack contains the Summary Checklist, the Research Proposal instructions and keywords list, the Home Institute Agreement form and the Host Institute Agreement:

Once the Research ProposalHome Institute Reference and Host Institute Agreement are complete and ready to upload, applicants may submit their online application:

Elements of the Application:

  1. 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;
  2. Home Institute Agreement and Reference - 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;
  3. 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;
  4. Online Application Form - to be completed by the Applicant by the deadline of 17 July 2019.

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.

Completion of Fellowship

At the end of each Fellowship, each candidate must provide a report to be published on the SCAR website. Reports should cover the 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 or SCAR/WMO Fellowship Scheme should be acknowledged in any resulting publications.