Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

News from a variety of sources related to research in the Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine regions as well as the wider Cryosphere. Many thanks to APECS members and the wider Polar research community for contributing to this shared resources! If you have an article to contribute, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mount Everest Foundation funding call

Mount Everest Foundation - Funding for scientific research in mountain regions 

The Mount Everest Foundation is a registered charity, set up following the first ascent of Everest in 1953, and initially financed from the surplus funds and subsequent royalties resulting from that expedition. The aims of the Foundation are to encourage and support expeditions exploring mountain regions, and both education               and research pertaining to a wide range of subjects in mountain areas, including geography, glaciology and the   effects of altitude. 

Normally, the MEF will only support expeditions where the majority of members/PI come from Great Britain or New Zealand. 

The Screening Committee meets to consider applications twice a year - in November and March. The closing dates for receipt of completed forms are 30th September and 31st January, the forms are not hard going.

We welcome applications for support for scientific work, which have to some extent been underrepresented in recent awards, or applications to provide support for scientists wishing to undertake first ascents, major new routes, or exploration in little-explored or previously inaccessible areas where they already are, or want to do fieldwork. 

Awards in the past have varied from <£1000 to several thousand. A recent exceptional climbing Expedition received more than £50k (Leo Holding). The MEF is keen to provide additional supporting funds rather than the entire cost of a project, so, if you've already been writing grants and a few £k extra will really make a difference, reword your application for MEF. The MEF expect to support research that will eventually lead to publication, so support is geared towards PGR,  ECR and more established groups where a small amount of money may provide add on science of value. 

Awards do not include staff time, overheads etc, they are to support the direct costs of undertaking fieldwork. For further guidance on the application process, previously supported expedition reports, and the latest versions of application forms please visit:

If you look at previous awards you'll see a dominance of white male a Trustee of the MEF I'm keen to see this diversify, it is at the application stage rather than a bias at the panel review/award stage causing this from what I can see over time - we need more applications coming in. New Zealanders are also very under won't replace a Marsden or EQC, but it might get you the pilot data you need, or enable an extra PGR to get on a trip you already have funded.

Polar Prediction Workshop 2019: Call for Abstracts and Registration

The University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology and the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) are pleased to welcome participants to the 6th Polar Prediction Workshop, to be held at the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma from the 24th to 26th April 2019.

The Call for Abstracts will be open until February 28th, 2019. To register and/or submit an abstract, please use this online form at

A block of hotel rooms has been reserved at Courtyard Marriott in Norman (770 Copperfield Dr., Norman, OK, 73072, 405-701-8900). The hotel is offering a special group rate of $84.00 USD per night including breakfast for participants at the meeting. The discounted rate is available until April 8, 2019 or whenever rooms are no longer available. Quote “CIMMS – Polar Prediction Workshop” or follow this link below for making reservations:Book your group rate for CIMMS - POLAR PREDICITON WORKSHOP.

CESM Polar Modeling Workshop, Aug 12-16 2019

We invite applications of early career scientists to attend a Community Earth System Model (CESM) Polar Modeling Workshop, August 12-16, 2019 at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO, USA. The workshop is supported by the National Science Foundation and will include about 20 early career (graduate student, postdoc, < 7 years since Ph.D.) polar scientists. Admitted participants will receive travel funding to cover air fare, lodging and per diem during the workshop. Workshop participants will gain hands-on experience planning, designing, executing, and analyzing earth system modeling experiments to understand changing Polar climates and to explore better methods to integrate models and observations. Participants will engage in advanced activities focused specifically on capacity building for using CESM in polar research (e.g., sea ice, land ice, atmosphere, ocean, land, paleoclimate).

The CESM Polar Modeling Workshop will follow directly from the Annual CESM Tutorial held August 5-9, 2019. Prospective participants who have not attended the CESM Tutorial should apply for both the CESM Tutorial and the CESM Polar Modeling workshop. Prospective participants who have previously attended the CESM Tutorial (or have equivalent experience) should apply for just the CESM Polar Modeling Workshop.

In order to apply for the CESM Polar Modeling Workshop, please fill out the form at: and send additional materials (CV and letter of reference) as requested at the end of the form. Please submit by March 8, 2019

If you would also like to apply for the Annual CESM Tutorial, please do so at:

Arctic Workshop - abstracts & registration now open!

Registration and abstract submission for the 49th Arctic Workshop - April 4-5th in Stockholm, Sweden - are now open at

Oral and poster contributions from all members of the community working in high-latitude Earth and environmental sciences, and particularly encourage student participation are invited.

The Arctic Workshop is an annual meeting dedicated to all aspects of high-latitude Earth science and environmental research. Running since 1970, the workshop is an informal meeting space for scientists at all career stages working in fields encompassing high- latitude climate, hydrology, glaciology, oceanography, ecology, archaeology, solid Earth processes and hazards in past, present and future environments.

The organizers invite oral and poster contributions from all members of the community working in high-latitude Earth and environmental sciences, and particularly encourage student participation (reduced student fees). 

For information, with abstract submission and registration visit:

Deadline for abstract submission: 28th February 

 Registration deadline (early-bird): 28th February

Final registration deadline: 15th March

Student workshop to learn thermochronology (with Antarctic focus)

We're inviting applications from interested undergrad and early-career grad students for about 6-8 slots in a 2-week workshop for students to analyze and interpret (U-Th)/He dates from their own research projects (along with opportunities for complementary FT, U/Pb, and Ar/Ar dating). We especially invite students working on Antarctic geology but projects focusing on other areas will be considered as well. We can't provide travel funds, but we will cover room and board and analytical costs once they are here in Tucson.

The Antarctichron/Chronothon 2019 workshop will take place 24 June - 8 July in Tucson, Arizona, USA, and will be led by Pete Reiners, Stuart Thomson, Sidney Hemming, and Kathy Licht. More information is here:, and below.

Interested students should send a brief (<2 page) proposal describing their project, as well as a short letter of support from their research advisor, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by 15 February. Students will be notified of the outcome of their application by 1 March.

A little more detail: As with previous versions of our summer workshops, we invite applications from students to participate in an intense 2-week "chronothon" of analysis, interpretation, modeling, and presentation of thermochronology (mostly (U-Th)/He dating-focused). Students will bring their own mineral separates from their projects, and will prepare and analyze apatite, zircon, and other minerals for He dating. There may be opportunities to combine these with FT, U/Pb, and Ar dates too, through collaborations with co-instructors. Antarctichron/Chronothon 2019 is aimed primarily at advanced undergraduate and early-career graduate students who are working on their senior theses or are in the early phases of their graduate research. The goals of the workshop are 1) to provide an opportunity for students to perform geochronologic and thermochronologic analyses on their own samples and 2) to provide some training and experience in the fundamentals of geochronology/thermochronology, diffusion, and analytical techniques, and 3) to provide an integrated perspective on geologic processes and phenonomena in Antarctica or other regions that can be addressed through radioisotopic dating.

Further details are available under the following link:

Participate in the 5th annual Students in Polar and Alpine Research Conference (SPARC)

If you are a student or a young scientist (less than three years after the PhD defence) and work within the fields of geo- or biosciences in the polar regions or in the mountains, send us your registration form and abstract. You can find further information regarding the abstract guidelines and deadlines for registration on the conference website or in the first announcement

2019 KOPRI Fellowship Programs

Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) is accepting applications for its fellowship schemes; the Asian Polar Science Fellowship Program and the Arctic Science Fellowship Program.

The Asian Polar Science Fellowship Program provides the opportunity for early career or established polar scientists from Asian countries to conduct research together with us at our research facilities, including the IBRV Araon and polar infrastructures. The Arctic Science Fellowship Program offers early career researchers from Arctic countries and researchers of Arctic indigenous heritage with an opportunity to cooperate with KOPRI scientists.

Fellows will be provided with round-trip airfares, moderate stipends and accommodation within KOPRI’s facilities. Each application for the KOPRI fellowship programs must have the support of a KOPRI scientist. Therefore, those who are considering applying to the program are highly encouraged to contact KOPRI scientists and discuss their research proposals before submitting their applications.

Applications for both fellowships are open until February 28, 2019.

Further information on the programs can be found on our website.


Call for Papers: Conference on Indigenous Languages and Sustainable Development in the Arctic

The international conference will take place from June 27-29, 2019 in Yakutsk, Russia. The program includes a symposium, exhibitions and presentations of new publications and projects, and covers topics related to learning, development and preservation of indigenous languages and cultures. Deadline: March 1, 2019.

The conference is jointly organized by the Institute of Humanitarian Research and Problems of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Russian Academy of Sciences, International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA) and the Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North of Sakha Republic, and organized under the framework of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages.

The conference aims to unite the efforts of researchers, civil society, practitioners, indigenous communities, and indigenous language speakers to discuss the issues and possibilities of sustainable development of indigenous peoples living in the North and the Arctic. The discussions will draw from the diverse approaches of folklore, literature, anthropologic, ethnographic, historic, politic, social, cultural, legislative and economic practices. 

Conference themes cover diverse areas of socio-economic development of Indigenous peoples of the North and the Arctic:

  • Languages of indigenous peoples of the North and the Arctic: issues of interaction and language typology;
  • Traditional epistemologies and indigenous languages;
  • Indigenous languages and globalization: tendencies and perspectives of development, successful and effective practices of indigenous communities in language revitalization and maintenance;
  • Indigenous written languages of Russia: contemporary state and functionality issues;
  • Yakut language: contemporary state and new dimensions in the research;
  • Literature and folklore as sources of safeguarding and enrichment of Indigenous languages;
  • Ethnic history of indigenous peoples of the North and the Arctic: past, present and future;
  • Current issues related to traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples as the bases of their sustainable development;
  • The role of contemporary technologies and mass media in revitalization and development of indigenous languages.

The conference invites linguists, philologists, historians, anthropologists, ethnographers, cultural scientists, philosophers, sociologists, policy scientists, economists, teachers, indigenous language speakers and leaders of the indigenous organizations, and graduate students. As part of the Conference the participants are also invited to take part in the traditional Yakut celebration of solstice, Yssylakh.

An electronic peer-reviewed collection of papers is expected to be published upon the selection of the articles made by the organizing committee. Criteria for the article format will be defined later.

The deadline for abstract submission is March 1, 2019

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Fax: (+7 4112) 35-49-96, 36-01-97.) In the email subject please put “Conference”.

The application should include:

  • name of the participant
  • title of the paper
  • organization/place of work
  • academic title
  • contact phone number
  • contact e-mail

There is no registration and publication fee. Support for accommodation and travel expenses is not available at this time.

Conference working languages: Russian, English

Apply for Christmas Experience Academy 2019 Summer School

"Christmas Experience Academy" Summer School 11-16 August 2019 (5 ECTS) is organized by the University of Lapland. It is designed for students who are interested in the production and consumption of tourism experiences. The Summer School is hosted by Multidimensional Tourism Institute -partners: University of Lapland and Lapland University of Applied Sciences. 

See here for more information:

Deadline: 28 February

Glacial isostatic adjustment training school - Registration open





training school on glacial isostatic adjustment (GIA) modelling will be held from 26-30 August 2019 at Lantmäteriet, Gävle, Sweden. The program will include lectures and practical exercises aimed at investigating the interactions between solid Earth deformation, ice mass change, and associated sea-level and geoid variations.

The course is targeted at individuals who are working on (or will soon start working on) GIA modelling, or topics directly related to GIA modelling. It is aimed at graduate students and early career scientists, but all interested parties are encouraged to apply regardless of age or experience level. An introduction to the fundamentals and applications of GIA modelling will be provided, no previous modelling experience is required.

The preliminary list of instructors is: Mike Bentley, Martin Ekman, Erik Ivins, Matt King, Glenn Milne, Frank Pattyn, Riccardo Riva, Giorgio Spada, Rebekka Steffen, Wouter van der Wal, Julia Wellner, Pippa Whitehouse, Doug Wiens, and Terry Wilson.

There is no registration fee for the training school. We have secured sufficient funds to be able to offer at least partial travel and subsistence support for all attendees (details on the application page). We are grateful for financial support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the Antarctic Network (ANET) component of the Polar Earth Observing Network (POLENET) project, the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) through the Solid Earth Response and influence on Cryospheric Evolution (SERCE) program, the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS), the European Geosciences Union (EGU), and DTU Space.

To apply visit

Deadline for applications is 31 March 2019.

Please send any queries to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Apply Now for the IARPC Science Communication Training Program for Early Career Scientists

As interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and convergent science collaborations become more common when addressing big ideas in Arctic research, scientists require the tools and skills to effectively communicate about their work with various audiences and collaborate across disciplinary boundaries. Through this program, the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) seeks to:

  • train early career scientists (ECS) with the communication skills needed to engage with various audiences, from non-scientists to researchers from other disciplines, and to collaborate with researchers from fields and sectors other than their own,
  • engage them in the research policy process,
  • facilitate connection with Federal program managers and senior researchers, and
  • give an opportunity to present their work without the expense of traveling to a conference.

IARPC seeks eight ECS to enroll in this, the second cohort of this program. The ECSs will identify a collaboration team of interest, participate in and contribute to IARPC Collaboration’s work, and produce a “lightning talk” about their own research to be delivered as part of the IARPC Public Webinar Series and at a collaboration team meeting. Examples from the previous cohort may be viewed here.

Application deadline: Sunday, 3 February 2019 at 23:59 EST (4:59 GMT)

More information and how to apply is available on the IARPC Website.

Call for application - Sentinel North International PhD School on Arctic Microbiomes

The next Sentinel North International PhD School will take place from July 2 to 12, 2019, at the Centre for Northern Studies (CEN) research station in Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik (Nunavik, Canada) on the theme: Arctic Microbiomes: From Molecules and Microbes to Ecosystems and Health.

Registrations are currently open to recruit young researchers from all disciplines ready for an experiential training with world-renowned mentors in the fields of medicine, chemistry, biology and microbiology, optics-photonics and genomics.

Program Overview

The participants of the school will live a unique transdisciplinary training experience, in close interaction with top scientists, in an exceptional technological framework. The main themes are:

  • Arctic microbiomes and ecosystems
  • Microbiome responses to change
  • Human health and microbiomes

The call for applications is open until February 15, 2019.

For all details see here

For more information, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Training program coordinator, 418-656-2131 ext. 8910.

Contact APECS

APECS International Directorate
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
Telegrafenberg A45
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