POGO-SCOR Visiting Fellowship Programme 2020 for Researchers from Developing Countries (Funding available)

POGO-SCOR Visiting Fellowship Programme 2020 for Researchers from Developing Countries (Funding available)

Deadline: March 31, 2020

Applications are open for the POGO-SCOR Visiting Fellowship Programme 2020. This programme is designed to promote training and capacity building leading towards a global observation scheme for the oceans.

The main purpose of the program is to advance sustained ocean observations and their applications. This fellowship is intended to support training in oceanographic observations, not to learn research techniques. 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.

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)


  • The fellowship does not constitute a salary or a bursary, but makes a contribution to travelling and living expenses calculated on a monthly basis.
  • The fellowship will provide international airfare and subsistence allowance for the fellowship period (the actual amount may be tailored to meet local conditions).
  • 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.
  • POGO and SCOR do not cover any of the expenses related to the training itself (such as laboratory consumables).


  • 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.

Selection Criteria

The Selection Criteria involve a number of factors including:

  • Quality of the application;
  • Relevance of the application to the priority areas identified in the Fellowship Announcement (Argo Floats and gliders; fixed-point time-series observations; large-scale, operational biological observations including biodiversity; emerging technologies for ocean observations; data management; coastal observations/ coastal zone management; ocean and coastal modelling; oxygen and other biogeochemical sensors on floats and gliders; optical measurements of living and non-living particles; time series measurements of N2O and CH4); ocean observations and modelling in the Indian Ocean (contributions to IIOE-2).
  • Evidence that the training will lead to capacity-building with potential lasting impact on regional observations; and,
  • The need to maximise regional distribution of the awards.


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