The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research COMNAP Fellowship Program 2017

Publish Date: Mar 17, 2017

Deadline: Jul 01, 2017


The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programmes (COMNAP) and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) are working together to attract talented early-career researchers, scientists, engineers and other professionals to strengthen international capacity and cooperation in a range of fields. Details of each of the opportunities are provided in this announcement.

COMNAP Fellowships


  1. Any “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 last date for the application submission. So, as examples:
    • Those who have a doctorate, with not more than 5 years since your doctoral award.
    • Those who hold a master’s degree, with not more than 5 years since your master’s degree was awarded to you.
    • Those 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.
  2. Applications 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 backgrounds.
  3. Those 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; 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.

Award: Up to 1 award for 2017; up to USD $15,000 funding; Home institute or applicant to bear in-home country costs (e.g. travel visa application, salary/wages, domestic travel)
Application package contents: Proposal (with relevant appendices); Home Institute reference; Host institute agreement.
Last Date: 1st July 2017
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The COMNAP Antarctic Research Fellowship

COMNAP is the international independent organisation of National Antarctic Programmes. 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 Research Fellowship is similar to the SCAR Fellowship Programme in that it is designed to encourage the active involvement of early-career Antarctic researchers 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/or to develop long-term research linkages and international partnerships.

However, there are three primary differences between the SCAR and COMNAP Fellowship Programmes. Firstly, the COMNAP Fellowship Programme is open to any postgraduate researcher and is not limited to PhD students and post-doctoral researchers.  Secondly, it is intended to allow researchers from a COMNAP member National Antarctic Programme country to undertake short-term visits to major international laboratories, field facilities, and/or institutes in or operated by other COMNAP member National Antarctic Programmes.  Finally, the proposed research should contribute to the objectives of the home or host National Antarctic Programme's research objectives.

The award 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. One or two COMNAP Fellowships will be awarded in total, depending on the quality of the applications and the budget available.

Application for both schemes

The last date for submitting an application is 1st July 2017
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 the Application Pack.


In order to apply for a fellowship, 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 team capable of including them in their own research programme or project group.

Evaluation for COMNAP scheme

A review panel chaired by the COMNAP Chairman and in addition comprising member of the COMNAP Executive Committee, and members of the COMNAP Expert Groups will evaluate all proposals on the basis of the excellence of the proposed project. 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 institute;the extent to which it will strengthen the capacity of other COMNAP Members or Observers with smaller or less well-developed Antarctic programmes;its 'fit' with COMNAP's objectives and purpose.

We expect to make a decision and inform the successful applicant in early August, with an official announcement being made to coincide with the COMNAP Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Brno, Czech Republic. Fellowships run for one year so must be completed by the end of July 2018.

Completion of Fellowship

At the end of each Fellowship, each candidate must provide a report to be published on the SCAR and/or COMNAP websites. Reports should cover the accomplishments and a budgetary report and should be completed following a structure similar to those posted on the Fellows page of the SCAR website. The SCAR and/or COMNAP Fellowship Scheme should be acknowledged in any resulting publications.

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