Antarctic Organisations Launch Fellowships and Scholarship Opportunities for 2023
SCAR launched its 2023 Antarctic-related Fellowships for early-career researchers today. Following the launch of the Polar Initiative in 2022 the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation has funded an additional SCAR fellowship and as a result SCAR will offer in total four to five fellowships of up to USD $15,000 each for 2023.
The deadline for the SCAR fellowship applications is 31 July 2023.
Find out how to apply for the fellowship here: https://scar.org/awards/fellowships/information/
The SCAR Secretariat has compiled a list of frequently asked questions on our website, where you can also find an overview of past and present SCAR Fellows.
Our partners have also announced opportunities for early-career professionals:
The SCAR, COMNAP, & IAATO Fellowships and the CCAMLR Scholarship
SCAR, the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP), the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) and the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) work together to support talented early-career researchers, scientists, engineers, environmental managers, and other professionals. The purpose is to strengthen international capacity and cooperation in fields such as climate, biodiversity, conservation, ecology, humanities and astrophysics research by providing annual funding opportunities.
In 2023, COMNAP and IAATO will each offer one fellowship with funding of up to USD $15,000. The fellowships enable early-career persons to join a project team from another country, opening up new opportunities and often creating partnerships that last for many years. Note that the application processes for the COMNAP and IAATO fellowships are separate from those for the SCAR Fellowships or CCAMLR Scholarships and the eligibility criteria differ. The deadline for the COMNAP and IAATO fellowship applications is 31 July 2023.
The fellowships are launched in conjunction with the Scientific Scholarship Scheme of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). The CCAMLR Scientific Scholarship provides funding of up to AUD $30,000 to assist early-career scientists to participate in the work of the CCAMLR Scientific Committee and its working groups over a period of two years. The objective of the scheme is to build capacity within the CCAMLR scientific community to help generate and sustain the scientific expertise needed to support the work of CCAMLR in the long-term. The deadline for CCAMLR scientific scholarship applications is 31 August 2023.
All opportunities are being jointly promoted by the organisations involved.
Background information and application forms:
For more information, visit:
- The COMNAP website at: https://www.comnap.aq/comnap-antarctic-fellowships
- The IAATO website at: https://iaato.org/supporting-science/the-iaato-antarctic-fellowship/
- The SCAR website at: www.scar.org/awards/fellowships/information/
- The CCAMLR website at: www.ccamlr.org/en/science/ccamlr-scientific-scholarship-scheme
The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)
+44 1223 336550
The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is an inter-disciplinary body of the International Science Council (ISC). SCAR is charged with initiating, developing and coordinating high quality international scientific research in and from the Antarctic region, and on the role of the Antarctic region in the Earth system. SCAR Science Groups represent the scientific disciplines active in Antarctic research. They conduct the scientific business of SCAR and provide regular reports. In addition to carrying out its primary scientific role, SCAR also provides objective and independent scientific advice to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings and other policy-oriented organizations, on issues of science and conservation affecting the management of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.
The Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP)
Contact: Andrea Colombo - Engagement, Information and Project Manager
+64 3 369 0626
COMNAP brings together the National Antarctic Programmes of 32 Antarctic Treaty countries. Formed in 1988, the purpose of COMNAP is to develop and promote best practice in managing the support of scientific research in Antarctica. It does this by: Serving as a forum to develop practices that improve effectiveness of activities in an environmentally responsible manner; Facilitating and promoting international partnerships; Providing opportunities and systems for information exchange; and Providing the Antarctic Treaty System with objective and practical, technical and non-political advice drawn from the National Antarctic Programmes' pool of expertise.
The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO)
Contact: Amanda Lynnes - Director of Environment and Science Coordination
+44 7879 777036
IAATO is a member organisation founded in 1991 to advocate and promote the practice of safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic. IAATO members work together to develop, adopt and implement operational standards that mitigate potential environmental impacts. These standards have proved to be successful including, but not limited to: Antarctic site-specific guidelines, site selection criteria, passenger to staff ratios, limiting numbers of passengers ashore, boot washing guidelines and the prevention of the transmission of alien organisms, wilderness etiquette, ship scheduling and vessel communication procedures, emergency medical evacuation procedures, emergency contingency plans, reporting procedures, marine wildlife watching guidelines, station visitation policies and much more. IAATO has a global network of over 100 members.
The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR)
Contact: Steve Parker, Science manager
+61 3 6210 111
The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) was established by international convention in 1982. CCAMLR is an international commission with 27 Members, and a further 10 states that have acceded to the Convention. Based on the best available scientific information, the Commission agrees a set of conservation measures that determine the use of marine living resources in the seas surrounding Antarctica. CCAMLR practices an ecosystem-based management approach. This includes harvesting as long as it is carried out in a sustainable manner and takes account of the effects of fishing on other components of the ecosystem.