Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Fellowship Programme 2021 [Awards Upto Rs. 11 L]: Apply by June 30: Expired

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Applications are invited for the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Fellowship Programme 2021.

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.

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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. 

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

SCAR will coordinate volunteers from the Antarctic research community with specific expertise in the indicated discipline areas to evaluate applications. This will be based on a series of five categories, with the following guidance included for potential applicants: 

  • Quality of the proposal (35%)
    This section will evaluate the overall quality of the proposal with respect to the proposed research and methodology. This will be based primarily on your research proposal and the evidence you provide for its importance, timeliness and how well both your own background and the expertise of the host institute contribute to the proposal. 
  • Relevance to SCAR activities and/or Groups (25%)
    How does the research you are proposing fit in with the existing research activities of SCAR Groups and Programmes?  How will you follow up with these activities after the Fellowship ends?
  • Does the proposal help build capacity in a country that would most benefit? (20%)
    What specific benefits will you as a Fellow, and your home institute, gain from the Fellowship?  Do you plan to have specific Outreach activities at your home institute or elsewhere in your home country to communicate the results and experience of your Fellowship?
  • Is the study largely self contained? (10%)
    Has the proposal made it clear that the planned research is well thought through and has a data plan in place agreed with the host institute?
  • Is the study feasible in the time estimated and will it likely lead to publication? (10%)
    Your proposal needs to make clear that you have considered the practicalities involved in undertaking the research and that there are clear deliverables that can be achieved.
How to Apply?

Interested applicants can apply for the fellowship through this link.

Application Deadline

June 30, 2021

Click here to view the official notification for the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Fellowship Programme 2021.

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