SCAR Research Fellowship Program for International Researchers, 2014

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is offering research fellowship for 2014. Up to 3 to 4 fellowships are offered up to $15,000 per award. 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 31 SCAR Member countries. Applicants can pursue their research in any one of the member country different from that of the their origin and current residence. Candidates can apply via online till June 4, 2014.

Study Subject (s): Topics for support should make a contribution to the scientific objectives of SCAR as embodied in the Standing Scientific Groups and the current Scientific Research Programmes.
Course Level: Fellowship is available to undertake research at an institute in one of the 31 SCAR Member countries.
Scholarship Provider: The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research.
Scholarship can be taken at: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States and Uruguay (Visiting a facility in or run by a SCAR member country, which is different from (a) applicant’s country of origin and (b) current country of residence).

Eligibility:
-Current PhD researcher or 5 years from finishing PhD students can apply for this fellowship.
-Students should contribute to the objectives of one or more of the Standing Scientific Groups and current Scientific Research Programmes endorsed by SCAR.
-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 31 SCAR Member countries. In special cases (e.g. maternity/paternity leave), this five-year period may be extended.

Scholarship Description: The SCAR Fellowships are intended to allow researchers to undertake short-term visits to major international laboratories, field facilities or institutes in or operated by SCAR member countries, so as to become acquainted with 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. Its major objective is to initiate, develop, and co-ordinate high-quality international scientific research in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean region, and on the role of the Antarctic region in the Earth system.

What does it cover? Awards will be up to US$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.

Selection Criteria: The SCAR Executive Officer will evaluate all proposals on the basis of the scientific excellence of the proposed research. This evaluation will also take into consideration factors such as:
-its importance, timeliness and achievability within the time frame allotted;
-the extent to which links have already been established with the proposed host country;
-the extent to which it will strengthen the scientific research capacity of nations with smaller or less well-developed Antarctic research programmes;
-its ‘fit’ with SCAR’s place in science and with SCAR’s scientific directions; and for COMNAP, its fit with COMNAP’s goals and objectives.

Notification: SCAR Fellowship awards will be confirmed by the Executive Committee in July and applicants will be informed of the results in early August. Fellowships run for one year so must be completed by the end of July 2015.

How to Apply: All proposals must be made on the appropriate forms, and submitted online through the Online Application page.
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 order to apply, 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 research team capable of including them in their own research programme.

Elements of the Application:
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;
-Applicant to send Cover note 1 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;
-Applicant to send Cover note 2 to the Host Institute Referee, and the Host to return it to the Applicant, ready to be uploaded during the application process;
-Online Application Form-to be completed by the Applicant by the deadline of 4th June 2014.
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.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is 4th June 2014.

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application