Furthering research, exploration, and the peaceful use of outer spacethrough international cooperation
Next deadline for applications: 30 September 2022
IMPORTANT: This program is only for young scientists who have participated at one of the COSPAR Capacity-Building Workshops.
The PCB Fellowship program is open to young scientists who have been participants at one of the COSPAR Capacity-Building workshops, to enable them to build on skills gained at the workshop. It provides for visits of 2-6 weeks duration for the purpose of discussing ideas for a future workshop or carrying out joint research with one of the previously agreed lecturers/advisors of the corresponding workshop.The areas of research will be broadly restricted to topics that have been covered at a COSPAR Capacity-Building Workshop and applicants must have been a participant in one of these workshops. A number of fellowships will be available each year.
These fellowships are intended to foster research collaborations between scientists in developing countries and those composing the Lecture Boards of the different workshops; they are not primarily intended for training purposes. For this reason, the quality of the proposed research will be an important criterion for success in selection.
The program must be presented jointly by the applicant for the fellowship and an identified scientist who has agreed to receive and work with the applicant in their laboratory. Confidence of success in setting up a collaboration which is likely to lead to continuing research by the applicant will be essential for selection. It is of course not in general envisaged that the proposed research will be started and completed within the term of the fellowship
Conditions of the Fellowship:
The funds available through this programme are intended to cover (part of) the travel and/or board and lodging costs during the visit of the fellow to the host laboratory, and are not intended as a salary, payment or remuneration.
Normally, the costs of board and lodging for between 2 and 6 weeks at the host institute, which may be in university student accommodation or its equivalent, are covered by the institute or host supervisors themselves, making the willingness of the supervisor to host a student a critical part of the application.
If they have been selected, successful applicants will be expected to apply for travel funds in their home country. Some developing-country governments have agreed to support this scheme, and COSPAR will in these cases help applicants to make appropriate contacts. If this application is not successful, fellows will also be able to apply for travel from a COSPAR fund, but this will be restricted to the highest priority applicants.
Although the total available COSPAR funding is limited and cannot cover the full cost of a trip, potential fellows or hosts in unusual situations are encouraged to contact the chair about how to maximise the benefit of any COSPAR funding. However, under no circumstances is COSPAR able to fund any costs except for those directly related to the visit itself.
Fellows will be required to submit a report on their visit within 6 weeks of their return to their home country.
There is no formal bar to holding these fellowships more than once, though an interval of at least one year between successive occasions will normally apply.
Successful applicants will be responsible for obtaining any necessary visas for their visit to the receiving laboratory.
Applications can be made by submitting the following to prof. Mariano Mendez, the PCB Chair for Fellowships:
Submission by e-mail is preferred.
Further information about the scheme can be obtained from Prof. Mariano Mendez, from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands (email address available from the link above).
Help and advice in finding a host should first be addressed to the organizers or to the lecturers of the workshop you attended or, if that is not possible, to one of the following persons:
Dr. Diego Altamirano
Astronomy Group, University of Southampton, UK
d.altamirano at soton.ac.uk
Dr. Denise Perrone
ASI – Italian Space Agency, Italy
denise.perrone at asi.it
Dr. Carlos Gabriel
European Space Astronomy Centre, Spain
juan.carlos.gabriel at gmail.com
Dr. Mpho Tshisaphungo
South African Institute of Physics (SAIP), South Africa
mtshisaphungo at sansa.org.za
Dr. Randall K Smith
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, USA
rsmith-pcbfp at head.cfa.harvard.edu
Dr. Antonio Geraldo Ferreira
Sea Sciences Institute, Federal University of Ceara, Brazil
antonio.ferreira at ufc.br
Prof Mariano Mendez
Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
mariano at astro.rug.nl
Prof Dieter Bilitza
Dept of Physics and Astronomy, George Mason University, USA
dbilitza at gmu.edu
Prof Bob Su
Faculty of Geo-Information Science & Earth Observation, University of Twente, The Netherlands
zu at utwente.nl
Applications can be made at any time, but they will be processed twice each year, at around September 30 and March 31. Applications that arrive after these dates will be held to the next round.
Because of the time needed to process and rank the applications, allow for about 3 months from the application deadline to the expected start date of the proposed visit.
Criteria for Selection:
The selection criteria will include:
Panel on Capacity Building
List of Capacity-Building Workshops