IASC Fellowship Award, ASSW 2015
IASC Fellowship Award, ASSW 2015, Toyama (Japan)

 

The IASC Fellowship Program is meant to engage Early Career Scientists (ECS) in the work of the IASC Working Groups (WGs). IASC Fellows are doctoral or postdoctoral researchers who actively participate in selected activities of the IASC WGs. IASC Fellows are expected to scientifically contribute but also to help organizing specific activities and to coordinate the reporting to the IASC Secretariat. Thus, the Fellowship program provides the opportunity for ECSs to become involved in leading-edge scientific activities at a circumarctic and international level, to build an international network of contacts and also to develop management skills. The IASC coordinator of Early Career support oversees the program.

The total duration of the IACS Fellowship Program is 1+2 years. After the first year the Fellows have an opportunity to stay involved up to 2 more years. The further involvement is individually decided by the WG Steering Group and the Fellow.

 

Selection Process

The IASC Fellow selection process is managed by the IASC coordinator and conducted in close cooperation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) as well as the WG Steering Groups. A call for applications is released each year in October through the IASC and APECS mailing lists, websites and Facebook. Any doctoral or postdoctoral researcher from an IASC member country can apply. Required qualifications include demonstrated scientific interest and skills within a field that is relevant to the respective one or more WGs priorities and a good command of the English language. The IASC Fellowship review process is coordinated with the APECS Executive Committee. Once the top three candidates for each WG are identified, WG Steering Groups will be consulted with the intention of determining the final selected Fellow.

 

IASC Support

Each year IASC will select one new ECS Fellow per WG (up to five in total). In their first year, selected Fellows will be financially supported (travel/accommodation/meal reimbursement), and that support includes attendance of two consecutive Arctic Science Summit Weeks (ASSWs) when annual WG meetings are held. IASC Fellows receive travel support to attend two ASSWs, so that in each WG meeting there is one incoming, and at least one outgoing, Fellow. Upon completion of the IASC Fellowship Program, IASC Fellows will receive a certificate confirming their appointment.

Download the Terms of Reference of the IASC Fellowship Program here.

 

IASC Fellows 2014

 

The initial round of the IASC Fellowship Program started during the ASSW 2014 in Helsinki and following ECS were selected:

Cryosphere WG:

Elena Kuznetsova, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Louis-Philippe Roy, Yukon Research Center, Canada

Marine WG:

Emily Choy, University of Manitoba, Canada

Paul Suprenand, University of Florida, USA

Social and Human WG:

Candice Lys, Institute for Circumpolar Health Research, Canada

Małgorzata Śmieszek, Arctic Centre, Finland

Terrestrial WG:

Jeffrey Ross, University of Utah, USA

Noemie Boulanger-Lapointe, University of British Columbia, Canada

 

Early 2015, the second team of the IASC Fellows were selected from 96 applicants and the review team from IASC and APECS were impressed by the amount and excellent quality of applications:

 

IASC Fellows 2015

 

Atmosphere WG:

Jo Browse, University of Leeds, UK

Cryosphere WG:

Robert Way, University of Ottawa, Canada

Marine WG:

Kristina Brown, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA

Social and Human WG:

Andrian Vlakhov, European University at St. Petersburg, Russia

Terrestrial WG:

Josefine Lenz, University of Potsdam and Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany

IASC Fellow for International Science Initiative in the Russian Arctic (ISIRA)

Yulia Zaika, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

 

IASC Fellows 2016

Atmosphere WG:

Paul Zieger, Stockholm University, Sweden

Cryosphere WG:

Alek Petty, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center / University of Maryland, USA

Marine WG:

Allison Fong, Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany

Social and Human WG:

Justiina Dahl, European University Institute, Italy

Terrestrial WG:

Scott Zolkos, University of Alberta, Canada

IASC Fellow for International Science Initiative in the Russian Arctic (ISIRA)

Yulia Zaika, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia