Antarctic Organisations Announce 2015 Fellowship Recipients
SCAR Antarctic Science Fellowships
COMNAP Antarctic Research Fellowships
The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) are pleased to announce this year’s Fellowship awardees.
The Fellowships are worth up to $US15,000 each and six Fellowships (four SCAR, one COMNAP and one joint SCAR/COMNAP) will be awarded in this round. The SCAR Fellowships are awarded to: Jennifer Newall, Sebastian Rosier, Rowan Trebilco and Christine Dow. Rowan Trebilco becomes the first Prince Albert II of Monaco Fellow, funded from the Prix Biodiversité awarded to SCAR in 2013. The COMNAP Fellowship is awarded to: Alejandro Velasco Castrillón. A co-funded SCAR/COMNAP Fellowship was awarded to: Inka Koch.
This year, 37 applications were received. The winners of the Fellowships will carry out a range of scientific research in areas including ice sheet modelling and grounding zones, Southern Ocean ecosystems, terrestrial ecology and subglacial hydrology. Candidates come from a wide geographic spread of countries, including Argentina, Australia, France, India, Italy, Sweden, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
SCAR has been offering scientific fellowships to early career scientists since 2005. Such fellowships have enabled Antarctic scientists to participate in a range of significant research including using ice cores to determine proxies for the Southern Annular Mode, a molecular study of Antarctic ostracods, and investigating particulate carbon and biogenic silica in sea ice in both the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Since 2005, 34 SCAR Fellowships have been awarded.
In 2011, COMNAP launched the Antarctic Research Fellowship Scheme, offering one fellowship for an early career person in order to carry out research within a COMNAP National Antarctic Program. With this year’s awards, there have been nine COMNAP Fellowships or joint Fellowships awarded.
The Fellowships supports the scientific goals of SCAR and the international cooperation goal of COMNAP to develop and promote best practice in managing the support to Antarctic science. The Fellowships enable the early career researchers to join a project team from another country, opening up new opportunities and often creating research partnerships that last many years and over many Antarctic research seasons.