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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​COMNAP Antarctic Fellowship, the IAATO Antarctic Fellowship 2019
& the SCAR 2019 Fellowships 


The Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP), the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) have been working together for many years to support talented early-career researchers, scientists, engineers, environmental managers, and other professionals to strengthen international capacity and cooperation in fields such as science support and facilitation, environmental management implementation, and climate, biodiversity, conservation, humanities and astrophysics research by way of an annual funding opportunity. For 2019, these Antarctic organisations are joined by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) who will each support additional Antarctic-related fellowships.​

The successful COMNAP and IAATO Fellows were announced on 30/31 July 2019.  They are:

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IAATO Fellow 2019 Daniela Cajiao Vargas
Ecuador currently completing her PhD at the Autonomous University of Madrid. She will take up the Fellowship at North Carolina State University, USA.​

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IAATO Fellow 2019 Martina Mascioni 
from Argentina currently completing 
her PhD at the University of La Plata.
She will take up her Fellowship at 
Scripps Institute of Oceanography, USA.


COMNAP Fellow 2019 Mikolaj Dziurzynski
from Poland currently completing 

his PhD at the University of Warsaw.

He will take up the Fellowship 

at the University of Florence, Italy.

The successful SCAR 2019 Fellows were announced on 23 October 2019. See: SCAR 2019 Fellows Announcement​

The COMNAP Antarctic Fellowship Background Information:
The COMNAP Antarctic  Fellowship was offered for the first time in 2011. It is designed to encourage the active involvement of early career Antarctic persons and to strengthen international capacity and cooperation in the spirit of the Antarctic Treaty. It is intended to allow people from a COMNAP Member National Antarctic Program country to undertake short-term visits to major international laboratories, field facilities, and/or home institutions in or operated by other COMNAP Member National Antarctic Programs (for a list of members, please visit the "Our Members" page of the COMNAP website).  The fellow's project should contribute to the objectives of the home or host National Antarctic Program's objectives. 

To Apply for the COMNAP Antarctic Fellowship:​
Check eligibility requirements and download an application form and letters of reference templates (file 1 below). Ask your home institute to complete a letter of reference, and discuss with your proposed host institute your proposal and their ability to support your project at their facilities. Include both letters of reference with your application. Your proposed project must align with the priority projects or topics for the application year. Prepare your application and when your application is ready for submission, upload the application along with supporting documentation to the COMNAP Antarctic Fellowship application on-line submission site. 

See below for all necessary documentation and a link to the application site.  All completed applications must be received by the deadline to be considered.

Eligibility requirements checklist, application forms for the COMNAP Fellowship 2020 will be available in February 2020.

List of priority projects for COMNAP Antarctic Fellowship 2020 will be confirmed in February 2020.

The IAATO Antarctic Fellowship Background Information:
From 2019, IAATO has joined COMNAP, SCAR and CCAMLR to support early-career professionals by way of providing funding for an inaugural IAATO Antarctic Fellowship. For 2019, COMNAP administered the application process on behalf of IAATO.

Evaluation of 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. 

The COMNAP Antarctic Research Fellowship Recipients 2011-2019
The following were awarded COMNAP Fellowships.  Their reports are also available below.

2011-2012 Amelia Marks "Characterisation of bidirectional reflectance of Antarctic surface.pdf
Royal Hollaway UK to ENEA/PNRA Italy

2012-2013 Ursula Rack "Reconstructing historic Antarctic climate data.pdf
Canterbury University NZ to Scott Polar Research Institute UK
2012-2013 Jenson George (Awarded a joint SCAR/COMNAP Fellowship) "Influence of small scale mixing on the primary productivity and water mass formation in the Southern Ocean.pdf" NCAOR India to GEOMAR Germany
2013-2014 Charlotte Havermans "The impact of environmental changes on a key component of the Southern Ocean.pdf", Royal Belgium Institute of Natural Sciences Belgium to Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) Germany
2013-2014 Luis Rodriguez Pertierra (Awarded a joint SCAR/COMNAP Fellowship) "Niche modelling as a tool for invasive risk assessment of vascular plants in terrestrial Antarctica.pdf",  Autonomous University of Madrid​ Spain to Australian Antarctic Division
2014-2015 Sandra Potter  "Quantifying factors limiting implementation of Annex III of the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty.pdf", University of Tasmania​ to Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) / Russian Antarctic Expedition (RAE)
2014-2015 Keith Soal  "Characterisation of Ice Structure.pdf",  (Full title: Characterisation of Ice-Structure and Fluid-Structure Interactions on Polar Vessels using Operational Modal Analysis), University of Stellenbosch, South Africa to Germany and Finland
2015-2016 Alejandro Velasco Castrillon "Limno Terrestrial Microfauna.pdf", "100 years on: a re-evaluation of the first discovery of limno-terrestrial microfauna of the McMurdo Sound region", University of Adelaide/South Australia Museum to McMurdo Sound, Antarctica
2015-2016 Inka Koch (Awarded a joint SCAR/COMNAP Fellowship) "Airborne Ice Penetrating Radar.pdf", "Detecting marine ice internal layers and thickness in an Antarctic ice shelf with airborne ice penetrating radar", University of Otago, New Zealand to University of Texas, USA

2016-2017 Ronja Reese Importance of Ice Buttressing in Antarctica.pdf”, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany, to the British Antarctic Survey

2016-2017 Blanca Figuerola “Vulnerability of Antarctic bryozoan communities to environmental change.pdf”, University of Barcelona, Spain, to the Australian Antarctic Division

2016-2017 Christopher Horvat (Awarded a joint SCAR/COMNAP Fellowship)  " Modelling the Antarctic Sea Ice Floe Size Distribution", Harvard University, USA, to the National Institute of Water and Atmosphere, New Zealand​

2017-2018 Maria Gabriela Roldan  " Inviting Antarctica into your home: an evaluation of public engagement with Antarctic science, science support, policy and technology", Gateway Antarctica, New Zealand, to the Institute Antartico Chileno (INACH), Chile


Other Opportunities
CCAMLR Scholarship Scheme​
The SCAR and COMNAP Fellowships are again launched in conjunction with the CCAMLR (Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources) Scholarship Scheme. For full details of the CCAMLR scheme, please visit the CCAMLR website.​

University of Canterbury Summer Scholarship Scheme
Each Austral summer, the Unviersity of Canterbury which hosts the COMNAP Secretariat in Christchurch, New Zealand, offers senior students an opportunity to work on a summer project.  COMNAP has participated in two such projects and reports from each one are below.
2010/11 Max Gallagher "Impacts of Tsunami on National Antarctic Program Operations and Personnel in Coastal Antarctica".                
FINAL Tsunami Report.pdfFINAL Tsunami Report.pdf

2013/14 Hanne Nielsen "From Shelter to Showpiece: The Evolution of Antarctic Station design".