Deadline: 30 August 2021
Open to: any scientists and academics (more than five years after completing their PhD) whose research contributes to SCAR’s objectives
Benefits: the Visiting Scholar Scheme provides individual awards of up to USD 5000.
The core purpose of the Visiting Scholar Scheme (previously Visiting Professor Scheme), is to build capacity in countries with smaller or less-developed Antarctic research programmes. This will be the primary aspect evaluated and candidates should consider whether their proposed visit fits with these criteria. Visits can be either to smaller and developing programmes or from smaller and developing programmes, so the capacity building process can be proposed in either way.
Awards are granted to individuals based on competitive criteria, and enable successful candidates to contribute their experience towards strengthening the research capacity of countries 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 links and partnerships, leading to advances in Antarctic research.
Thanks to the kind additional support of Switzerland and India, who each provided funds for an additional Visiting Scholarship, we were able to offer three awards in 2019.
The scheme is for any scientists and academics (more than five years after completing their PhD) whose research contributes to SCAR’s objectives, as embodied in the Science Groups, Scientific Research Programmes and Humanities and Social Sciences. The host institute must be in or operated by one of the SCAR Member countries and must be a country different from that of (i) the candidate’s current position and (ii) the candidate’s origin (although the latter may be waived at the discretion of the Selection Committee). Visiting Scholarships are awarded purely by competitive selection.
In order to apply, scientists and academics are required to first contact and liaise with the appropriate host, to secure the support of an organisation or institute undertaking Antarctic research that would benefit from the visit.
Both the home and host institutes must be willing to take part in the SCAR Visiting Scholar Scheme.
The Visiting Scholar Scheme provides individual awards of up to USD 5000.
The number of awards given by SCAR will depend on the quality of the applications and the total budget available. The amount of each individual award will take into account local factors.
In recognition of the current travel restrictions as a result of COVID-19 there will be significant flexibility with regard to the timing of completion of the visits, and indeed we welcome applications that are planned to be completed virtually, i.e. without a travel element to the proposal.
How to apply?
For more information, please visit the official website.