POGO-SCOR Visiting Fellowship Programme 2020

General information

NOTICE FOR POGO TRAINEES AND APPLICANTS:

Given the current worldwide public health situation, POGO has been in regular communication with its training partners and urges current scholars to follow their host institute’s rules and recommendations regarding travel, home working and self-isolation.

For upcoming trainings, we will continue with selection processes and remote interviews, however, it is highly likely that training cruises and courses scheduled for the first semester of 2020 may be postponed. If you have any questions, please contact pogoadmin@pml.ac.uk.

 

The Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO) and the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR), invite applications for their joint Visiting Fellowship Programme for 2020. This programme is designed to promote training and capacity building leading towards a global observation scheme for the oceans.

What are the terms? 
1. The fellowship does not constitute a salary or a bursary, but is a contribution to travelling and living expenses calculated on a monthly basis.
2. The fellowship will provide international airfare and subsistence allowance for the fellowship period; see the attachments at: http://ocean-partners.org/pogo-scor-fellowship  (the actual amount may be tailored to meet local conditions). 
3. The trainee’s institute will bear all expenses incurred by the fellow in his/her own nation (domestic travel, visa costs, travel insurance etc.), and the host institute will waive any bench fees that they may normally charge trainees.
4. POGO and SCOR do not cover any of the expenses related to the training itself (such as laboratory consumables).

Contact Person: POGO Secretariat (pogoadmin@pml.ac.uk)

Content

The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0542 - Statistics", "0588 - Scientific modelling", "0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography", "0532 - Marine Geology", "0511 - Biology", "0512 - Toxicology", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management", "0521 - Ecology", "0712 - Environmental protection technology", "0831 - Fisheries

Venue

Venue:
, United Kingdom

This fellowship is intended to support a 1-3 month visit to another oceanographic institute anywhere in the world, to undergo training on any aspect of oceanographic observations, analyses, and interpretation.

Refer to http://www.ocean-partners.org/members for examples of major oceanographic institutions around the world.

Application

Open from
10 Feb 2020 to 30 Apr 2020

Cost:

What does the fellowship offer?
It offers the opportunity to visit other oceanographic centres for a short period (1 to 3 months) for training on any aspect of oceanographic observations, analyses, and interpretation. This fellowship is not meant for an academic course of study or to learn research methods. Rather, it is for short-term professional training to facilitate capacity building at the parent institution and ultimately enhance the contributions of the parent institution to global ocean observations. 

For the 2020 POGO-SCOR Fellowship Programme, the earliest date to begin the training is 1st September 2020. Trainings must commence before 1st March 2021.


Prerequisites:

Who can apply? 
This fellowship program is open to scientists, technicians, postgraduate (preferably PhD) students and post-doctoral fellows involved in oceanographic work at centres in developing countries and countries with economies in transition (e.g. Commonwealth of Independent States, Eastern Europe). Applicants must be citizens of developing countries or economies in transition, as defined by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the OECD, for more information see the list of eligible countries at http://ocean-partners.org/pogo-scor-fellowship

Note that priority will be given to applicants in their early stages of career development. This fellowship is intended to support training in oceanographic observations, not research techniques. Its main purpose is to advance sustained ocean observations and their applications.

What are the Priority Areas? 
Priority will be given to applications that address any one or more of the following topics:

• Fixed-point time-series observations (e.g. contributing to OceanSITES, IODE Ocean Data Portal, WOD and/or other shared data systems)

• Large-scale, operational biological observations including biodiversity and other biological Essential Ocean Variables (e.g. Continuous Plankton Recorder and other programs)

• Emerging technologies for ocean observations

• Coastal observations/ Coastal zone management

• Oxygen and other biogeochemical sensors on Floats and Gliders (linked to SCOR working group 142)

• Time series measurements of N2O and CH4 (linked to SCOR Working Group 143)

• Ocean observations and modelling in the Indian Ocean (contributions to IIOE-2)

• Ocean and coastal modelling

• Optical measurements of living and non-living particles  (linked to SCOR Working Group 150) 


Application Procedure:

NOTICE FOR POGO TRAINEES AND APPLICANTS:

Given the current worldwide public health situation, POGO has been in regular communication with its training partners and urges current scholars to follow their host institute’s rules and recommendations regarding travel, home working and self-isolation.

For upcoming trainings, we will continue with selection processes and remote interviews, however, it is highly likely that training cruises and courses scheduled for the first semester of 2020 may be postponed. If you have any questions, please contact pogoadmin@pml.ac.uk.

 

How does one apply? 
Fellowship applicants should complete and submit electronically the application form below, together with a recommendation letter from the parent supervisor and a letter of acceptance from the prospective host supervisor. Only the parent supervisor recommendation letter needs to be submitted as a hard copy. The letter from the prospective host supervisor should state the standard costs per calendar month for accommodation in the local area. Only applications that are complete in all respects will be considered for the Fellowship. 

Note: the applicant is responsible for identifying a suitable host supervisor and obtaining their agreement to host the fellowship.

Deadline:  The deadline for this round of applications is 30th April 2020.

 

Click here to apply: http://www.marinetraining.eu/node/53324/register​

 

In addition, mail* the signed original parent supervisor recommendation letter to

POGO Secretariat
Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Prospect Place
The Hoe
Plymouth PL1 3DH
United Kingdom

* the letter should be posted prior to the application deadline, as shown by the postmark.

 

Review Process

Representatives from POGO and SCOR will review the applications.

In their decision-making, the Selection Committee will consider the following points:

1. Quality of the application;
2. Quality of the applicant;
3. Relevance of the application to the priority areas identified in the Fellowship Announcement;
4. Evidence that the training will lead to improved sustained observations in the region, or improved applications of such data;
5. Evidence that the training will lead to capacity-building with potential lasting impact on regional observations; and,
6. The need to maximise regional balance in distribution of the awards.

All applicants will be informed of the decision within two months after the deadline for applications.


Regulations:

The terms of the Fellowship 

1. The fellowship will provide international airfare and subsistence allowance for the fellowship period. The monthly subsistence allowance will be set by the POGO Secretariat, based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in the country/city where the fellowship will be carried out, and on the actual cost of accommodation (evidence to be provided prior to the start of the fellowship, and receipts at the end of the fellowship). For the guidelines for the subsistence/accommodation allowances see Guidelines for Stipend Calculation at http://ocean-partners.org/pogo-scor-fellowship.

2. The trainee’s institute will bear all expenses incurred by the fellow in his/her own nation (domestic travel, visa costs, travel and personal insurance etc.), and the host institute will waive any bench fees that they may normally charge trainees.

3. The fellowship offers the opportunity to visit another oceanographic centre for between 1 and 3 months. For the 2020 POGO-SCOR Fellowship Programme, the earliest date to begin the training is 1st September 2020. Trainings must commence before 1st March 2021.

3. The trainee and the supervisors at the parent and host institutes are required to provide a short progress report within four weeks of the end of the training period, to evaluate the success of the fellowship programme.

4. POGO and SCOR do not cover any of the expenses related to the training itself.

5. POGO and SCOR assume no responsibility for compensation in the event of sickness, accident, death or disability of a Fellowship holder, nor does it arrange for insurance of a trainee or reimburse premiums paid therefore.

6. The trainees are not considered agents or members of the staff of POGO or SCOR, and shall not be entitled to any privileges, immunities, compensation or reimbursements, except as otherwise provided herein, nor are the trainees authorised to commit POGO or SCOR to any expenditure or other obligation.

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