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News15 March 2021, 1600 UTC

Search for Next Antarctic Fellowship Recipient Launched

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The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), in collaboration with the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) has today launched the search for the next $15,000 USD IAATO Antarctic Fellowship recipient.

The fellowship, funded by IAATO and now in its third year, is an investment in the professional development of talented early career scientists and researchers and aims to further the understanding of human presence in Antarctica.

Amanda Lynnes, Director of Environment and Science Coordination for IAATO, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer an Antarctic Fellowship for the third year running. Despite the challenges created by the pandemic, our mission continues as does our commitment to supporting early career researchers.

“Scientific endeavour is at our very core and this fellowship is a fantastic opportunity to support talented individuals who are our future leaders in understanding the unique Antarctic region which is of globally-significant scientific importance.”

IAATO joins other Antarctic organisations in announcing fellowships today. COMNAP is also offering one fellowship with funding of up to USD $15,000 for 2021. Both the IAATO and COMNAP fellowships will enable early-career persons to work with a project team from another country, opening up new opportunities and often creating partnerships that last for many years and over many Antarctic field seasons. The deadline for the COMNAP and IAATO fellowship applications is May 31, 2021.

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is offering three to four fellowships of up to USD $15,000 each for 2021. The deadline for the SCAR fellowship applications is June 30, 2021.

The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) is offering funding of up to AUD $30,000 through its Scientific Scholarship Scheme to assist early-career to participate in the work of the CCAMLR Scientific Committee and its working groups over a period of two years. The deadline for CCAMLR scientific scholarship applications is October 1, 2021.

The IAATO Antarctic Fellowship was launched in 2019, and allowed two recipients, both working on their PhDs, to pursue their research; Martina Mascioni from the University of La Plata, Argentina, analysing phytoplankton samples collected from IAATO vessels since 2017 by a citizen science project called FjordPhyto, and Daniela Cajiao Vargas from the Autonomous University of Madrid researching two different sectors of Antarctic travel to explore how visiting Antarctica affects one’s experience and understanding of the region.

Last year’s recipient, Miguel González Pleiter, from the University of Alcala, Spain will further his research on understanding the consequences of microplastic introduction to the Antarctic environment. In particular he will study microplastics in Antarctic freshwater to understand their role in potentially spreading antibiotic resistance genes in pristine ecosystems.

All opportunities are being jointly promoted by the organisations involved.

For more information on the opportunities and organisations involved, visit:


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