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This fellowship is available for pursuing research at an institute in one of the 37 SCAR Member countries. Topics for support should make a contribution to the scientific objectives of SCAR as embodied in the Standing Scientific Groups and the current Scientific Research Programmes. The scheme is provided by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research. 3 to 4 fellowships are offered up to $15,000 per award. The SCAR Fellowship programme is for PhD students or those within five years of having completed a PhD on the day of the deadline for applications to undertake research at an institute in one of the 37 SCAR Member countries. Applicants can pursue their research in any one of the member country different from that of their origin and current residence. Further it is to be taken at Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Denmark, Monaco, Pakistan, Portugal, Romania and Venezuela.
· About the eligibility:-
-Current PhD researcher or 5 years from finishing PhD students can apply for this fellowship.
-Students should contribute to the objectives of one or more of the Standing Scientific Groups and current Scientific Research Programmes endorsed by SCAR.
-The SCAR Fellowship programme is for PhD students, or those within five years of having completed a PhD on the day of the deadline for applications, to undertake research at an institute in one of the 37 SCAR Member countries. In special cases (e.g. maternity/paternity leave), this five-year period may be extended.
· About the nationality:-
The citizens of Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Denmark, Monaco, Pakistan, Portugal, Romania and Venezuela can submit an application for the fellowship.
· About the awards:-
1. 3 to 4 fellowships are offered.
2. Awards 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 home country (domestic travel, visa costs, etc.) and the host institute will waive any bench fees that they might normally charge trainees.
3. Selection Criteria: The SCAR Executive Officer will evaluate all proposals on the basis of the scientific excellence of the proposed research. This evaluation will also take into consideration factors such as:
-its importance, timeliness and achievability within the time frame allotted;
-the extent to which links have already been established with the proposed host country;
-the extent to which it will strengthen the scientific research capacity of nations with smaller or less well-developed Antarctic research programmes;
-its ‘fit’ with SCAR’s place in science and with SCAR’s scientific directions; and for COMNAP, its fit with COMNAP’s goals and objectives.
· About the applying procedure and the Deadline:-
All proposals must be made on the appropriate forms, and submitted online through the Online Application page.
The proposal texts should make it absolutely clear what activities will be carried out, what will be achieved, what deliverables will ensue (e.g. papers, technologies), at what cost, and in what time frame. Guidelines for preparing the proposal are given on the Research Proposal sheet.
In order to apply, candidates will be required to first contact and liaise with appropriate host Antarctic projects or programmes in order to secure the support and mentorship of an active research team capable of including them in their own research programme.
Elements of the Application:
Research Proposal – Prepared following the guidelines given in the Research Proposal section of the Application Pack. The Applicant must have the Research Proposal (with relevant appendices) as a single document, ready to be uploaded during the application process;
-Applicant to send Cover note 1 to the Home Institute Referee, and the Referee to return it to the Applicant, along with the reference letter, as a single document, ready to be uploaded during the application process;
-Applicant to send Cover note 2 to the Host Institute Referee, and the Host to return it to the Applicant, ready to be uploaded during the application process;
-Online Application Form – to be completed by the Applicant by the deadline of 4th June 2013.
It is the Applicant’s responsibility to make sure that all parts of the application (Research Proposal, Home Reference and Host Agreement) are completed and received by them before beginning their online application.
The application deadline is June 4, 2013.