Antarctic organisations launch fellowship and scholarship opportunities

Researchers on top of Vardeklettane in Antarctica during MAGIC-DML 2016/17. Photo: Ola Eriksson

The COMNAP, IAATO & SCAR Fellowships and the CCAMLR Scholarship

Four Antarctic organisations have announced opportunities for early-career professionals.

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) have been working together for many years to support talented early-career researchers, scientists, engineers, environmental managers, and other professionals to strengthen international capacity and cooperation in fields such as 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). IAATO supported two Antarctic fellows in their inaugural round and join in 2020 to support an early career person.

Antarctic Organisations Launch Fellowships and Scholarship Opportunities

Today, COMNAP, IAATO and SCAR launch Antarctic-related fellowships for early-career researchers. In 2020, 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 and over many Antarctic field seasons. Note that the application processes for the COMNAP and IAATO fellowships are separate from those for the SCAR Fellowships and the eligibility criteria differ. The deadline for the COMNAP and IAATO fellowship applications is 31 May 2020.

SCAR will offer three to four fellowships of up to USD $15,000 each for 2020. The details for the SCAR scheme will be similar to previous years but with additional possible opportunities for candidates from WMO countries that will be announced later in the year. The deadline for the SCAR fellowship applications is 26 August 2020.

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 1 October 2020.

All opportunities are being jointly promoted by the organisations involved.

Publishing date: 16 Mar 2021