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​​​​​​​​​​​​Applications for the COMNAP Antarctic Fellowship  &
the IAATO Antarctic Fellowship 2019 application round now closed.

The Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP), the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the ​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.​

To apply for the COMNAP or IAATO Fellowship, read the information below and use the link to upload your application before the deadline.  To apply for one of the other fellowships or the CCAMLR Scholarship, go to: www.scar.org or www.ccamlr.org​. Different deadlines and eligibility criteria apply.


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 2019 (file 2 below). 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 of 10 June 2019 (Midnight UTC) to be considered.

Eligibility requirements checklist, application forms for the COMNAP Fellowship 2019 available here (Word or PDF format): 1_2019_COMNAP_Antarctic_Fellowship_Eligibility_Application_Pack.docx

List of priority projects for COMNAP Antarctic Fellowship 2019 available here (word of PDF format):

When ready, submit your COMNAP Antarctic Fellowship application and supporting documentation here: COMNAP Antarctic Fellowship​
DEADLINE for submission was UTC Midnight, 10 June 2019. NOW CLOSED.

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The IAATO Antarctic Fellowship Background Information:
For 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 will administer the application process on behalf of IAATO.

To Apply for the IAATO Antarctic Fellowship:​
Check eligibility requirements and download an application form and letters of reference templates. Ask your home institute to complete a letter of reference, and discuss with your proposed host your proposal and their ability to support your project at their facilities or within their company or organisation. Include both letters of reference with your application. Your proposed project must reflect the objectives of IAATO (see https://iaato.org/objectives) ​and should result in adding to our understanding of human presence in the Antarctic region.  Prepare your application and when your application is ready for submission, upload the application along with supporting documentation to the IAATO 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 of 10 June 2019 (Midnight UTC) to be considered.

Eligibility requirements checklist, application forms for the IAATO Fellowship 2019 available here (Word or PDF format): 

When ready, submit your IAATO Antarctic Fellowship application and supporting documentation here: IAATO Antarctic Fellowship​
DEADLINE for submission was UTC Midnight, 10 June 2019.​ NOW CLOSED.

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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. 

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The COMNAP Antarctic Research Fellowship Recipients 2011-2018
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".