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Writing for Success!

Advice for applicants to the SCAR and COMNAP Fellowships 

Preparing a successful fellowship application is a skill. Often, lack of success with applications is not due to a poor research idea but comes down to the inability to express clearly and confidently, in writing, your research to someone else. Everyone’s writing skills can be improved and be made more effective. This mentoring activity is designed to help early career persons with developing their fellowship proposal writing skills. It is particularly meant for young researchers in countries with a small or just developing Antarctic research community that may not have adequate mentoring in their home institutions.

The need for such mentoring arose after review of the many hundreds of SCAR and COMNAP Fellowship applications received over the past several years. Funding is limited and so reviewers often need to make difficult choices. Success or failure often depends on whether the proposal is written clearly and efficiency.

The first webinar on writing tips for SCAR and COMNAP fellowships was hosted by APECS in April 2016 and is available below and on APECS’ Vimeo site. To complement the webinar a  pdf "Writing for Success" document (112 KB) was produced which includes information on the evaluation of proposals, feedback on positive examples as well as areas where improvement is often needed from those who review applications, and some Frequently Asked Questions on the technical details of submitting an application (also see the FAQs page as new questions are being added regularly, based on the queries we receive).

Writing about research can be difficult, writing in your second (or third) language poses yet another set of challenges. So building on the success of the first webinar, SCAR, COMNAP and APECS partnered again to hold a similar training webinar in March 2017, but this time in Spanish. This webinar hopes to provide additional tips and tricks for writing applications in English for Spanish speakers.


pdf "Writing for Success" document (112 KB) in printable Acrobat pdf format.

For more information on applications, visit the Detailed Information page.

  Recordings of both webinars are available below.

Writing for Success Webinar (English), April 2016:

SCAR-COMNAP-APECS-Webinar: Writing for Success! Preparing winning fellowship applications from APECS Webinars on Vimeo.

Speakers and panel members:

Prof Karin Lochte, Director, Alfred Wegener Institute, SCAR Vice President for CBET
Dr Michelle Rogan-Finnemore, Executive Secretary, COMNAP
Dr Mahlon (Chuck) Kennicutt , ex-President of SCAR
Dr Kelly Kenison Falkner, Director, Division of Polar Programs, NSF
Prof Jane Francis, Director, British Antarctic Survey
Dr Renuka Badhe, Executive Secretary, European Polar Board, ex-SCAR Executive Officer
Dr Gerlis Fugmann, Executive Director, APECS
Dr David Walton, Editor, Antarctic Science
Prof Anna Wahlin, co-Chair SOOS
Dr Jenny Baeseman, SCAR Executive Director
Dr Eoghan Griffin, SCAR Executive Officer

Writing for Success Webinar (Spanish):

SCAR-COMNAP-APECS-Webinar: Writing for Success! Preparing winning fellowship applications - Spanish Version from APECS Webinars on Vimeo.

Speakers/Panel participants were:

Jéronimo López-Martínez (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) (Past President of SCAR 2012-2016)
Irene Schloss (Instituto Antártico Argentino)
José Retamales (Instituto Antártico Chileno )
Carlota Escutia (Instituto Andaluz de Ciencias de la Tierra, University de Granada )
Gabriela Roldan (Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury)
Pablo Wainschenker (Antarctic Treaty Secretariat)
Luis R. Pertierra (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos)