UK Scholarships 2014 – POGO Fellowships for On-Board Training on AMT Cruise

Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO) is offering a special visiting fellowship for on-board training on an Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT) Cruise. Fellowships are available scientists, technicians, graduate students (PhD/MSc), postdoctoral fellows involved in oceanographic work at centres in developing countries and countries with economies in transition. Fellowship will be awarded for a period of two months (12th August to 28th November 2014). The selected candidate will have the opportunity to visit Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) in the UK, for one month prior to the start of the cruise to participate in cruise preparation and planning; to go on the cruise.

Study Course(s): The programme is designed to promote training and capacity building leading towards a global observation scheme for the oceans. These are the priority areas for this special fellowship, and the selected POGO Fellow should have a scientific interest in one of these areas of work: Mesozooplankton production in the Atlantic Ocean, Unveiling diurnal rhythms in Atlantic microbes, Radiometric classification of the AMT bio-optical provinces, Phytoplankton community composition, photosynthesis and primary production.
Course Level: Fellowships is available for on-board training on an Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT) Cruise to scientists, technicians, graduate students (PhD/MSc), postdoctoral fellows involved in oceanographic work at centres in developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
Scholarship Sponsor: Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO)
Scholarship can be taken at: UK (Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) and Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT))

Eligibility Check: This fellowship programme is open to scientists, technicians, graduate students (PhD/MSc) and post-doctoral fellows involved in oceanographic work at centres in developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

Scholarship Open for International Students: These POGO fellowships are open for following developing countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African, Republic Chad, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Colombia, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Costa Rica , Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, The Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, India, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico,  Federated States of Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint- Vincent and the Grenadines, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Scholarship Description: The Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO) announces a special Fellowship for on-board training on an Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT) Cruise. One berth has been reserved on the next AMT cruise (AMT-24) for the selected candidate. The programme is designed to promote training and capacity building leading towards a global observation scheme for the oceans. This initiative is now in its seventh year and has proved to be a very successful training programme providing hands-on, sea-going experience to young scientists from developing countries, and the opportunity to be involved in an internationally renowned scientific programme. This fellowship programme is open to scientists, technicians, graduate students (PhD/MSc) and post-doctoral fellows involved in oceanographic work at centres in developing countries and countries with economies in transition.  

Number of award(s): Not Known

Duration of awards: Fellowship will be awarded for a period of two months (12th August to 28th November 2014). Candidates should be available to participate for the full period.

Scholarship cover: The fellowship will provide the costs of a round-trip ticket between the home institute of the trainee and Plymouth; subsistence allowance for up to two months’ stay in the UK depending on the particulars of the proposed training (at a rate of 925 GBP per month, normally for one month before the cruise and one month after the cruise); the flight back from the Falkland Islands; accommodation in UK (to join ship); accommodation in the Falkland Islands (on leaving ship); ship messing fee; seafaring medical and sea survival course. The trainee’s institute will bear all expenses incurred by the fellow in his/her own nation (domestic travel, visa costs, etc.), and the host institute (PML) will waive any bench fees that they may normally charge trainees.

Selection Criteria: Representatives from POGO and AMT will review the applications. In their decision-making, the Selection Committee will consider the following points:
– Quality of the application;
– Curriculum of the applicant;
– Evidence that the training will lead to capacity-building with potential lasting impact on regional observations.

Notification: All applicants will be informed of the decision within two months of the deadline.

Applying: In the first instance, applicants should e-mail one of the PIs listed above with a short CV and a statement of interest outlining their current research and what they hope to gain from the training. They may also be encouraged to submit a project outline to the prospective supervisor. Based on the information submitted by the applicant, the PI will decide if their profile is suitable for the project, and if so will issue an acceptance letter. Only when the acceptance letter has been obtained from the prospective host supervisor can the application be submitted. Fellowship applicants should complete and submit electronically the application form, 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. If short-listed, the candidate might be asked to undergo an informal telephone interview to evaluate his/her level of English. Please send electronic versions of completed applications and attachments by e-mail to pogoadmin-at-pml.ac.uk. In addition, mail signed original parent supervisor recommendation letter.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The deadline for applications for the 2014 fellowship is Wednesday 16th April 2014 (the prospective supervisor should be contacted as soon as possible and no later than Friday 4th April).

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