2017 Fellowship Application round NOW OPEN!
COMNAP and SCAR have
again joined forces to launch fellowships for early-career researchers. For 2017, COMNAP will offer one fellowship with funding of up to USD $15,000, and SCAR will
offer 4 to 5 fellowships 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
New this year: For 2017, the COMNAP eligibility criteria have changed and the on-line application process is separate to that of SCAR. To apply for the SCAR Fellowship go to: www.scar.org. Deadline is 1 July 2017.
To apply for the COMNAP Fellowship, read the criteria below, download any documents you require, and follow link when ready to make on-line application. The deadline for COMNAP Fellowship applications is 1 July 2017.
COMNAP Fellowship eligibility criteria:
early career person, where here, “early career” person is defined as someone
who is within the first five years after completion of the highest level of
university award/certificate/degree obtained; or any person, regardless of
university completion, that is under the age of 40 years old on the day of the
deadline for the application submission. So, as examples:
who have a doctorate, with not more than 5 years since your doctoral award.
who hold a master’s degree, with not more than 5 years since your master’s
degree was awarded to you.
who hold an undergraduate degree, with not more than 5 years since your bachelor’s
degree or baccalaureate
was awarded to you.
Those under the age of 40 on 1 July 2017.
are welcome from a range of disciplines and fields, including but not limited
to, those with Engineering, Environmental Management, Data Management,
Technology, Social Sciences, Humanities, Education, Communication and Outreach,
Law, Operations and Logistics, Search and Rescue, Medical and Science
wishing to visit a facility in or run by a COMNAP Member or Observer country, which
is different from applicant’s (a) country of citizenship (which should be a
COMNAP Member or Observer country) and (b) country of current residence.
4. Applications must be for one of the COMNAP
projects as indicated in the 2017 list of projects (below); or, if the
proposed project is not on list, the proposed project must fit within COMNAP’s
goals and purpose and should contribute to one or more objectives of the home
or host National Antarctic Programme. List of priority projects for 2017:
and management of Antarctic aviation capabilities, including, but not limited
to application of unmanned aerial systems/remotely piloted aircraft for
scientific, operational or conservation purposes.
energy systems in cold climate and any cold climate engineering:
including, but not limited to buildings, mechanical, systems, remote autonomous
the environmental issues from direct human impacts arising from Antarctic
science and operations; understanding management implications of environmental change
to National Antarctic Program activities.
safety, including, but not limited to equipment, clothing, operating procedures
and search and rescue.
issues relating to COMNAP’s internal functioning and/or its relationship with any
other component of the Antarctic Treaty System.
developing or exchanging information on education and outreach related to
National Antarctic Program / COMNAP activities.
Download the eligibility criteria, further information and all application forms:
A planned webinar in the Spanish language on writing successful applications will take place on 15 March 2017. Information on the webinar here in English.pdf and here in Spanish.pdf. Register to participate in that Spanish language webinar at: APECs Webinar Registration.
Questions or concerns, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The COMNAP Antarctic Fellowship Background Information:
The COMNAP Antarctic Fellowship was offered for the first time in 2011. COMNAP is the international independent organisation of National Antarctic Programs. Formed in 1988, COMNAP has as its goal to develop and promote best practice in managing the support of scientific research in Antarctica.
The COMNAP Antarctic Fellowship is similar to the SCAR Fellowship Programme in that, it is designed to encourage the active involvement of early career Antarctic persons and to strengthen international capacity and cooperation in the spirit of the Antarctic Treaty. Both Fellowship Programmes allow the selected Fellow to become acquainted with recent advances in research and technology and/or to develop long-term linkages and international partnerships.
However, there are two primary differences between the SCAR and COMNAP Fellowship Programmes. First, the COMNAP Fellowship Programme is intended to allow people from a COMNAP Member National Antarctic Program country to undertake short-term visits to major international laboratories, field facilities, and/or home institutions in or operated by other COMNAP Member National Antarctic Programs (for a list of members, please visit the "Our Members" page of the COMNAP website).
Secondly, the proposed project should contribute to the objectives of the home or host National Antarctic Program's objectives. A list of projects have been prepared by COMNAP and the application must be
for one of the COMNAP projects as indicated in the 2017 list of projects; or, if the proposed project is not on list, the proposed project
must fit within COMNAP’s goals and purpose and should contribute to one or more
objectives of the home or host National Antarctic Programme.
In 2017, the award 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 own nation (domestic travel, visa costs, etc.), and the host institute will waive any fees that they might normally charge.
Evaluation of applications received:
A review panel chaired by a representative of the COMNAP Executive Committee, and including expertise in the range of projects proposed, will evaluate all COMNAP proposals on the basis of the excellence of the proposed project. This evaluation will also take into consideration factors such as:
§ its relevance to the list of proposed project themes;
§ its achievability within the time frame allotted;
§ the extent to which links have already been established with the proposed host institution;
§ the extent to which it will strengthen the Antarctic science support capacity of the nations involved;
§ its "fit" with COMNAP's goals and objectives.