The Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC), will be the first year-around expedition exploring the coupled Arctic climate system. It has been designed by an international consortium of leading polar research institutions under the umbrella of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), led by the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) and the University of Colorado, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES).
Research Vessel (RV) Polarstern will spend 350 days (September 2019 until September 2020) frozen into the drifting Arctic sea ice. 300 scientists will investigate the Arctic climate processes that couple the atmosphere, ocean, sea ice, bio-geochemistry and ecosystem. The results of MOSAiC will enhance the understanding of the regional and global consequences of Arctic climate change and sea-ice loss, and improve weather and climate predictions.
During the first leg of the expedition, the MOSAiC partners and the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) work together to offer the MOSAiC School 2019 on board of the support icebreaker RV Akademik Fedorov.
Duration of the MOSAiC School 2019: 15 September - 26 October 2019 (plus / minus a few days (as logistical or weather conditions may require changes of travel dates)
Port of exit and entry: Tromsø, Norway
Costs: There will be no registration fee for the MOSAiC School 2019. The only costs participants will have to cover themselves are the costs of their travel to and from Tromsø, Norway. Should travel support become available, the MOSAiC School organizers will contact the selected participants. However, travel support cannot be guaranteed at this point.
The MOSAiC School 2019 will be open to up to 20 early career researchers (advanced graduate students and PhD students with no to limited experience with ship-based research).
International experts that are part of the expedition will share knowledge with the students, engage in discussions and hands-on experiences in groundbreaking research, and thus help to educate future Arctic climate experts. In addition, the participants will help the MOSAiC Teams on site to set up their instruments and experiments.
After the end of the MOSAiC School the participants will have to:
- serve as MOSAiC “ambassadors” by reporting back to their country and institutes
- Report to APECS and the MOSAiC organizers
The application deadline has passed and we have received more than 250 applications in total! Applicants will be informed about the status of their application by mid-March 2019 after the review of all applications has been completed. Thank you!
Application deadline was on 22 January 2019 at 13:00 GMT. Only complete applications will be accepted. Late applications will not be accepted.
- Background in natural sciences with a research topic relevant to the MOSAiC project / teams
- Advanced Master Student or PhD Student
- Strong interest in ship-based research
- Good knowledge in oral and written English (as this is the language of the MOSAiC School 2019)
If approved as participant, you have to:
- if needed, visa(s) for Norway and Russia (Russian visa might be needed on the RV Fedorov)
- pass a medical check as required by AWI
- have flexibility in time around the MOSAiC School dates (as logistical or weather conditions may require changes of travel dates)
- agree to accommodation in shared cabins (4 people per cabin) on the ship
- be aware that the food on board will only accommodate in a very limited way to allergies or special food requirements (e.g. vegan, gluten free)
- be aware that there will be very limited internet on board (only emails over board server but no social media ;) )
- be aware that participants will have to complete the entire journey without the possibility of leaving the ship earlier
1) I am nearly finished with my Master Degree or am a Master Graduate but have not started a PhD program yet. Am I eligible to apply?
Yes you are eligible to apply. You can highlight in your application how participating in the expedition fits your background, and how it benefits your future career plan.
2) I am a Postdoc. Am I eligible to apply?
No you are unfortunately not eligible to apply. The MOSAiC School is targeting advanced Master Students and PhD Students only.
3) I expect to finish my PhD in summer/fall 2019 and therefore, I would not be a PhD student at the time of application or during the time period of the school. Can I still apply?
The training is targeted for M.Sc. and PhD candidates. If you have finished your PhD before or during the MOSAiC School, your are unfortunately not eligible to apply.
1) I have been on short student ship excursions to local waters/never been on board a research vessel. Am I eligible to apply?
Yes of course. The MOSAiC School 2019 is targeted for M.Sc. and PhD candidates with limited or no prior Arctic ship expedition experience.
1) I have a background in social sciences, communication, art but not in natural sciences ... Am I eligible to apply?
Unfortunately, the MOSAiC School 2019 is targeting only M.Sc. and PhD candidates with a background and research focus in natural sciences. This is due to the topics represented by the MOSAiC teams on the expedition.
1) Can I e-mail my application?
2) Are spots in the MOSAiC School given out on a first comes, first served basis?
No. The spots will be given out based on a review process after the application deadline. It therefore does not matter when you submit your application as long as you do so before the application deadline. Late applications will not be considered.
3) How will my application be reviewed?
All applications will be evaluated by a committee after the application deadline. We will focus on prior expedition experience, educational background, and scientific interest with regard to the topics represented by MOSAiC. We expect that applicants meet the basic application criteria.
4) When will I hear about the result of my application?
Applicants will be informed in mid-March 2019 about the status of their application after the review of all applications has been completed.
The schedule is subject to change.
We want to thank the following projects and organisations for sponsoring the MOSAiC School 2019!
- Gerlis Fugmann (APECS Directorate Office / Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany)
- Lisa Grosfeld (APECS Directorate Office / Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany)
- Josefine Lenz (APECS Directorate Office / Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany)
- Andrea Schneider (APECS Directorate Office / UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway)
- Anja Sommerfeld (MOSAiC Project Office / Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany)