Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


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The International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), in cooperation with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), is launching its IASC Fellowships Program 2023

The IASC Fellowship Program is meant to engage early career researchers in the work of the IASC Working Groups (WGs): Atmosphere, Cryosphere, Marine, Social & Human and Terrestrial. This year, we will offer 8 IASC Fellowships. As part of the Polar Initiative with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, two of those Fellowships will be generously funded by the foundation.   

  • At least one IASC Fellow will be chosen per IASC WG
  • At least one IASC Indigenous Fellow will be chosen; this individual will be an early career Arctic Indigenous Scholar or Knowledge Holder who can choose which IASC WG to engage in

IASC 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. During 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. 

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 2023?

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

Application and Selection criteria

Applicants should fulfill the following criteria:

  • PhD student/candidate or postdoctoral researcher (up to 5 years past terminal degree)
  • Able to commit to participating in the activities of one of an IASC WG for at least 1 year from January 2023 until March 2024. 
  • Able to attend the two upcoming ASSWs: 17-24 February 2023 in Vienna/Austria and 21-29 March 2024 in Edinburgh, UK.
  • Located at an institution in an IASC member country
  • Have a good command of English

Application Form

If you are interested in these amazing opportunities then please fill out this application form. If you have problems accessing or submitting the form, please contact the APECS Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive a Word version of the form.

Application deadline is Friday, 30 September 2022, 23:59 GMT. Late applications will not be considered. Successful applicants will be notified by November.

Selection Process

The selection of candidates is coordinated by the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and will only be based on the material you provide in the application form – so please be as specific as possible. 

All applications will be reviewed in a blind review process with each application being reviewed by 2 independent reviewers. Applications will be reviewed according to multiple criteria including your research background and the quality of your statement of interest of why you would like to become an IASC Fellow. After this initial review process, top ranked candidates will be forwarded to the IASC Secretariat as well as the IASC Working Group Chairs, who will make the final decision on their Fellows. 

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