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We support the development of the careers of promising young scientists, working in any field of Antarctic science, and from any country. Grants of up to £6000 are awarded to extend the scope of an existing research project, through:
- funding extra field or laboratory work
- purchasing/contributing towards the cost of a key piece of equipment, or
- funding international collaboration or the learning of new skills
Projects can run for up to two years. See case studies for examples of funded projects.
Submissions are accepted between 00:00 1st January and 24:00 on 31st March (Greenwich Mean Time). Applicants will normally be notified of award outcomes by 1st June.
Grants are given to individuals and managed through their organisations. Applicants normally need to be enrolled in a PhD or employed as an early career researcher, with payment being to an institutional account.
Applicants can apply from anywhere in the world.
Early career researchers are eligible to apply for up to 10 years after their PhD.
Statements of Support
A statement of endorsement by your supervisor or line manager must be provided with the application.
If proposing to conduct Antarctic fieldwork, a letter of support from the particular National Operator supporting the fieldwork is required with the application. All field projects must conform to the SCAR Codes of Conduct and ethical guidelines for Antarctic fieldwork, especially where animal experimentation is involved.
Awards can be used for research consumables, training, travel, accommodation and subsistence associated with research, scientific services or facilities.
Awards cannot be used for overheads, applicant salary, conference attendance or publication costs.
Please see FAQ to check other frequently asked questions about the Bursary
Proposal reviewing criteria
Applications will be assessed by the Board of Directors, seeking independent advice as necessary. The Board will reach its decisions based on:
- fit of the proposal to the aims of the scheme,
- quality of science and timeliness within the field,
- likelihood of success based on candidate track record and science objectives, considering the potential risk and reward of funding the project
- appropriate and realistic budgeting of research costs.
After completing the project the bursary holder must provide a short report on its success, which will be posted on the website.
The recipient must undertake to offer to the Antarctic Science Journal a first- or lead-author paper on the outcomes of the science for which the Bursary was awarded or from science activity associated with it. In addition the recipient must acknowledge the award in presentations and publications.
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Downloadable Antarctic Science bursary application (this is only to be used if you are unable to use the online form).