COMNAP & IAATO Antarctic Fellowships 2024 - Council of Managers of National Antarctic Program

Deadline: May 31, 2024


Fellowship & Research


  • Antarctic
  • Worldwide


The Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP), the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) work  together to support talented early-career researchers, scientists, engineers, environmental managers, and other professionals. The purpose is to strengthen international capacity and cooperation in fields such as climate, biodiversity, conservation, humanities and astrophysics research by providing annual funding opportunities.


Antarctic Organisations Launch Fellowships and Scholarship Opportunities

In 2024, COMNAP and IAATO will each offer one fellowship with funding of up to USD $15,000. These schemes 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. The application processes for the COMNAP and IAATO schemes are separate from those for the SCAR Fellowships or CCAMLR Scholarships and the eligibility criteria differ. The deadline for the COMNAP and IAATO schemes applications is 31 May 2024.

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Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate

Evaluation of COMNAP and IAATO Antarctic Fellowship applications received:

For the COMNAP applications, 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.

For the IAATO applications, the IAATO Executive Committee plus one COMNAP EXCOM Member will evaluate all applications received before the deadline and will rank on the basis of excellence and fit to IAATO's overarching purpose, and must reflect the objectives of IAATO and add to our understanding of human presence in the Antarctic.


Deadline: May 31, 2024

Cost/funding for participants

Fellowship Award:

  1. Up to one award for 2024; 
  2. Up to US$15,000 funding; 
  3. Home institute or applicant to bear in-home-country costs (e.g. travel visa application, salary/wages, domestic travel);
  4. Host institute to waive any fees that relate to lab/office space, field expenses, library or archive access, if any, or other as agreed in advance with host institute.
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