Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) - Fellowship scheme 2020


Fellowship & Research PHD

Location (s):

  • Antarctic
  • Worldwide


The SCAR Fellowship Programme is designed to encourage the active involvement of early-career scientists, engineers, social scientists and humanities researchers in Antarctic research, and to strengthen international capacity and cooperation in Antarctic research. The programmes allows the selected Fellow to become acquainted with recent advances in research and/or to develop long-term research linkages and international partnerships.


SCAR is a body of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and is the leading independent organisation for facilitating and coordinating Antarctic research, and for identifying issues emerging from greater scientific understanding of the region that should be brought to the attention of policy makers.

Its major objective is to initiate, develop, and co-ordinate high-quality international scientific research in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean region, and on the role of the Antarctic region in the Earth system. It works closely with other organisations with a polar interest.

The SCAR Fellowships are intended to allow researchers to undertake short-term visits to major international laboratories, field facilities, and/or institutes in or operated by SCAR member countries, so as to become acquainted with recent advances in research and/or to develop long-term links and partnerships.

The work must be carried out in a research group of a SCAR member country different from that of the (i) applicant's origin and (ii) current residence.

Topics for support should make a contribution to the objectives of SCAR as embodied in the research groups and the current Scientific Research Programmes.

Scientific Research Programmes (SRPs)

SCAR focuses its science efforts on high priority topical areas through its Scientific Research Programmes (SRPs), of which there are currently six:

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics from Antarctica (AAA)
  • State of the Antarctic Ecosystem (AntEco)
  • Antarctic Thresholds - Ecosystem Resilience and Adaptation (AnT-ERA)
  • Antarctic Climate Change in the 21st Century (AntClim21)
  • Past Antarctic Ice Sheet Dynamics (PAIS)
  • Solid Earth Responses and influences on Cryospheric Evolution (SERCE)

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

 SCAR Fellowships:


  1. Current PhD researcher or within 5 years of finishing PhD;
  2. Visiting a facility in or run by a SCAR member country, which is different from applicant's (a) country of origin and (b) current country of residence;
  3. Should contribute to the objectives of one or more of SCAR’s science groups, including the Humanities and Social Sciences groups, and/or the Scientific Research Programmes.

Evaluation for SCAR scheme:

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 5 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 and COMNAP activities and/or Groups: (25%) - How does the research you are proposing fit in with the existing research activities of SCAR Groups and Programmes and COMNAP science support efforts? 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.


Deadline: August 26, 2020

Cost/funding for participants:

  • Awards will be up to USD $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 home country (domestic travel, visa costs, etc.), and the host institute will waive any bench fees that they might normally charge trainees. 
  • In addition to the original SCAR Fellowships, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Fellowship, is a biodiversity award - the recipient will be chosen by the Selection Committee from among the SCAR Fellowship applications.
  • Four to five SCAR Fellowship awards will be made in total, depending on the quality of the applications and the budget available.
Find your Dream Opportunity Abroad!

Search from 4422 opportunities in 189 countries