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SCAR and COMNAP Antarctic Research Fellowships & Rewards

As part of SCAR’s efforts to build Antarctic research capacity, two programmes have been created: Early Career Fellowships and Visiting Professor Awards. The Fellowships enable early career researchers to join a project team from another country, opening up new opportunities and often creating partnerships that last many years and over many Antarctic research seasons. The Visiting Professor Awards are directed at mid- to late-career scientists and academics whose work contributes to the research objectives of SCAR, offering the opportunity for them to undertake a short-term visit to another SCAR member country to provide training and mentoring.

In addition to these capacity building schemes, SCAR also aims to recognize members of the community who have outstanding records of achievement in the areas of Research and Service by awarding SCAR Medals.

Background information:

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)

Contact: Eoghan Griffin, Executive Officer (

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is an inter-disciplinary committee of the International Council for Science (ICSU).  SCAR is charged with initiating, developing and coordinating high quality international scientific research in the Antarctic region, and on the role of the Antarctic region in the Earth system.  The scientific business of SCAR is conducted by its Standing Scientific Groups which represent the scientific disciplines active in Antarctic research and report to SCAR.  In addition to carrying out its primary scientific role, SCAR also provides objective and independent scientific advice to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings and other organizations, on issues of science and conservation affecting the management of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.

The Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) 

Contact: Michelle Rogan-Finnemore, Executive Secretary (

COMNAP brings together the National Antarctic Programmes of 30 Antarctic Treaty countries.  Formed in 1988, the purpose of COMNAP is to develop and promote best practice in managing the support of scientific research in Antarctica.  It does this by: Serving as a forum to develop practices that improve effectiveness of activities in an environmentally responsible manner; Facilitating and promoting international partnerships; Providing opportunities and systems for information exchange; and Providing the Antarctic Treaty System with objective and practical, technical and non-political advice drawn from the National Antarctic Programmes' pool of expertise.

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