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The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) initiated the SCAR Fellowship Programme in 2002. The aim was to encourage the active involvement of early-career scientists in Antarctic scientific research and to build new connections and further strengthen international capacity and cooperation in Antarctic research. Since the initiation of the programme, more than 60 SCAR Fellowships have been awarded.

The SCAR Fellowship Programme is designed to encourage the active involvement of early-career researchers and engineers in furthering our understanding of Antarctica. 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 SCAR Fellowship Programme is for PhD students, or those within five years of having completed a PhD, to undertake research at major international laboratories, field facilities, and/or institutes in or operated by SCAR member countries with the goal to expose them to recent advances in research and 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 applicant's origin and current residence. Fellowships are awarded purely on the selection criteria for competitive selection, which are clearly stated in the Evaluation section on the Detailed Information page. Advice on applying to the SCAR and COMNAP Fellowship schemes is available from the Mentoring page.

Topics of projects proposed should align with SCAR's mission and ideally with one or more of our various groups. Funding for these fellowships mainly comes from the annual contributions of SCAR member countries, as well as addition voluntary contributions from member countries, such as India.

Our partner organization, the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) launched their fellowship scheme in 2011. From time to time, there are projects that overlap both of our organizations fellowship scheme goals and we have been able to jointly award fellowships with four joint SCAR-COMNAP Fellowships awarded since 2012.

In 2013, SCAR was awarded the Prix Biodiversité of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. From 2015, a Prince Albert II of Monaco Fellowship is awarded annually, initially financed by the €40,000 received as part of the prize.