SCAR Visiting Scholar Scheme Opens New Funding Round

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is a thematic organisation of the International Science Council (ISC). It initiates, develops and coordinates high-quality international scientific research in the Antarctic region (including the Southern Ocean) and studies the role of the Antarctic region in the Earth system.

SCAR’s Visiting Scholar Scheme was set up in 2013 and enables established scientists and academics whose work contributes to the research objectives of SCAR to undertake short-term visits (from one to four weeks) to another SCAR member country to provide or receive training and mentoring. Visits can be either to countries with smaller and developing programmes or from these countries.

Through this initiative, successful candidates are able to contribute their experience towards strengthening the scientific research capacity of nations with smaller or less well developed Antarctic research programmes. The ultimate goal of the scheme is to promote capacity building in the host and home countries and to develop long-term scientific links and partnerships leading to advances in Antarctic research.

The scheme is open to scientists and academics who are more than five years beyond the completion of their PhD. The applicant’s work must contribute to SCAR’s objectives and their career stage will be considered as part of the evaluation process.

The scientist or academic must first contact and liaise with an appropriate host (an organisation or institute undertaking Antarctic research that would benefit from the visit). The host institute must be in or operated by one of the SCAR member countries that is different from that of the candidate’s current location and from their country of origin (the latter requirement may be waived at the discretion of the Selection Committee). Both the home and host institutes must be willing to take part in the Visiting Scholar Scheme.

Individual awards of up to $5,000 are available. Awards will provide an international return flight and some contribution towards living expenses for the visiting period of one to four weeks.

Applications must be submitted by the deadline of 15 October 2020.

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