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  • About Fellowships
  • How to Apply
  • Eligibility
  • Opportunities from SCAR partners

About Fellowships

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 researchers 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 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. In response to Covid-19, the SCAR Executive Committee has allocated an additional USD $15,000 to the Fellowship scheme. We will therefore be awarding 4-5 Fellowships this year.

For 2021, to reflect the impact of Covid19-related travel restrictions, applicants are able to propose partly or entirely remote Fellowships. There will also be greater flexibility with the timing of the awards, so that they may be delayed until the planned travel is possible. 


  • 4-5 awards for 2021
  • 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.

Who are they for?

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 of exposing 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 on the selection criteria for competitive selection, which are clearly stated in the Evaluation section on the Information page

Topics of projects proposed should align with SCAR's mission and ideally with one or more of our various groups. SCAR fellowships are open to researchers from SCAR member countries. 

How to Apply

The application form and advice on applying can be found in the How to Apply section.

Applicants may find the 2016 SCAR-COMNAP-APECS webinar on preparing Fellowship applications useful. A second webinar on the same theme was conducted in Spanish in 2017. In 2021, a SCAR Fellowship webinar was held for Portuguese speakers. You may also find the answers to any questions on the FAQs page.


  • SCAR fellowships are open to researchers within 5 years of finishing their PhD in Antarctic and Southern Ocean-related disciplines.

Opportunities from SCAR's partners

SCAR has been working for many years with the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) ​and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to support talented early-career researchers, engineers, environmental managers, and other professionals to strengthen international capacity and cooperation in fields such as science support and facilitation, environmental management implementation, and climate, biodiversity, conservation, humanities and astrophysics research by way of an annual funding opportunity. In 2019, these Antarctic organisations were joined by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), who support additional Antarctic-related fellowships.​

Our partner organization, 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.

Full details on the COMNAP and IAATO schemes are available on the COMNAP website.

Full details of the CCAMLR scholarship sheme are available on the CCAMLR website.