Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

 

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The International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), the Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) of the Arctic Council, the International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA), the Sustaining Arctic Observing Network (SAON) in cooperation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) are excited to announce several fellowship this year:

  • IASC Fellowship Program 2022
  • SDWG-IASSA-IASC Fellowship
  • SAON-IASC Fellowship

Please note that you can apply for all three fellowships but can only be accepted to one of them.

IASC Fellowship Program 2022

The International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) in cooperation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) are inviting applications for the IASC Fellowship Program 2022.

The IASC Fellowship Program is meant to engage early career scientists in the work of the  Working Groups (WGs) of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC): Atmosphere, Cryosphere, Marine, Social & Human and Terrestrial. This year, we will offer 6 IASC Fellowships: 

  • one IASC Fellow will be chosen per IASC WG
  • one IASC Indigenous Fellow: Based on recent recommendations from the IASC Action Group on Indigenous Engagement, IASC has expanded its Fellowship Program to include space specifically for Arctic early career Indigenous scholars. The IASC Indigenous Fellow can choose which IASC WG to get engaged in.

ASC Fellows are doctoral or postdoctoral researchers, who actively participate in selected activities of the IASC WGs. Fellows are expected to contribute scientifically and also to help organize specific activities and to help with reporting to the IASC Secretariat. Thus, the Fellowship Program provides the opportunity for ECSs to become involved in leading-edge scientific activities at a circum-Arctic and international level, to build an international network, and also to develop management skills. The level of involvement very much depends on the Fellow's interest - the more you invest, the more you get out of it!

The total duration of the IASC Fellowship Program is 1+2 years. Bookending their first year, the Fellows will receive travel support to attend two consecutive Arctic Science Summit Weeks (ASSWs) where the annual WG meetings are held. After this year, Fellows have the opportunity to stay involved for up to 2 more years without dedicated funding support from IASC. Note: The travel support during the first Fellowship year is the only financial remuneration for the Fellows. Salary is not included during the Fellowship. 

An information webinar about the fellowships for those interested in applying will be organized by IASC at the end of October. The exact date and time will be announced in the coming weeks. 

For more information on the IASC Fellowships please see the IASC website or contact the IASC Fellowship Coordinator Stanislav Ksenofontov (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or the APECS Office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

How to apply for the IASC Fellowships 2022?

The application and selection process for the IASC Fellowships 2022 is coordinated by APECS in cooperation with IASC.

SDWG-IASSA-IASC Fellowship

The Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) of the Arctic Council, the International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) will offer the inaugural SDWG-IASSA-IASC Fellowship to encourage an early career scholar to participate in and contribute to the work of the SDWG. The Fellowship will enable the recipient  to get involved in the process of making research relevant for policy and contribute to policy recommendations. 

Fellowship Commitment

The duration of the Fellowship will be one year with an optional second year. During the 

  • first year, the Fellow would work directly with the SDWG Secretariat, providing the Fellow with opportunities to learn about and be involved in aspects of all SDWG projects and activities
  • optional second year, the Fellow may identify opportunities to marry the knowledge, expertise and interests of the Fellow with specific SDWG projects, as appropriate and with the support of project leads. 

During the first year of appointment, the Fellow will be expected to attend the following meetings:

  • one SDWG Plenary Meeting
  • one SDWG Expert Group Meeting
  • Other meetings or events if funding allows (e.g. Arctic Science Summit Week, SDWG project workshops, etc.)

Travel support would be made available through SDWG, IASSA and IASC to attend 3 – 4 meetings / events during the first fellowship year. Should the COVID-19 pandemic situation not allow travel during the first year, some of this travel can also be moved to the optional second year of the Fellowship. For the second (optional) year of the fellowship, the Fellow would not receive dedicated travel funds unless the SDWG projects they are involved in provide separate funding. Salary is not included in the Fellowship.

Fellowship Deliverables

At the beginning of the fellowship, the Fellow would work with the SDWG Secretariat to identify 3 – 4 specific deliverables based on the Fellow´s knowledge, expertise and areas of interest and the current needs and activities of the SDWG. In addition, the Fellow would be asked to provide a written report of their experience with the Fellowship.


How to apply for the SDWG-IASSA-IASC Fellowships?

The application and selection process for the SDWG-IASSA-IASC Fellowship is coordinated by the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) in cooperation with the SDWG, IASSA and IASC.

SAON-IASC Fellowship

The Sustaining Arctic Observing Network (SAON) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) will be offering this year the first SAON-IASC Fellowship to support an early career researcher to get more involved in the work of SAON. As an open initiative uniting Arctic and non-Arctic nations and organizations, SAON holds a unique position in the facilitation of and planning for sustained Arctic observational networks in support of societal benefit. SAON has initiated the Roadmap for Arctic Observing and Data Systems (ROADS) as a planning framework to support its national and organizational partners. ROADS is at an initiating stage that presents many valuable opportunities to get involved. We envision that a ROADS Fellow could engage in the evolving governance of the ROADS Advisory Panel or support alignment and integration across pilot efforts that are beginning to form thematic Expert Panels under ROADS. The ROADS principle for equitable inclusion of Indigenous people presents further opportunities for shaping the governance of the ROADS process at its earliest stages.

Fellowship Commitment

The duration of the Fellowship will be one year. During their appointment, the Fellow will be expected to attend the following meetings:

  • the Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) and Arctic Observing Summit 2022 (26 March – 1 April in Tromsø, Norway)
  • monthly SAON Board Meetings (online)
  • other online meetings and workshops organized by SAON related to the SAON ROADS process
  • ASSW 2023 (17 – 24 February in Vienna, Austria)

Travel support to attend the ASSW 2022 and ASSW 2023 for the SAON-IASC Fellow during their Fellowship will be provided by IASC. Salary is not included during the Fellowship.

Fellowship Deliverables

  • the Fellow will deliver meeting reports for the SAON Board
  • the Fellow will deliver program feedback and evaluations on ROADS-related development
  • As part of their Fellowship, the Fellow will contribute to at least one peer reviewed publication and/or deliverable report to the Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials.


How to apply for the SAON-IASC Fellowships?

The application and selection process for the SAON-IASC Fellowships is coordinated by the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) in cooperation with the SAON and IASC.

Contact APECS

APECS International Directorate
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Germany
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