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News from a variety of sources related to research in the Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine regions as well as the wider Cryosphere. Many thanks to APECS members and the wider Polar research community for contributing to this shared resources! If you have an article to contribute, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NSF Program solicitation: Proposals to the International Research Experience for Students

nsf logoThe International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program, managed by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE), supports research and research-related activities for U.S. science and engineering students.

The IRES program contributes to development of a diverse, globally engaged workforce with world-class skills. IRES focuses on active research participation by undergraduate or graduate students in high-quality international research, education and professional development experiences in NSF-funded research areas.

The program's overarching, long-term goals are to enhance U.S. leadership in research and education and to strengthen economic competitiveness by training the next generation of research leaders.

The IRES program accepts projects in any disciplinary field that NSF supports. Topics in multi-disciplinary and convergent areas of research, training, and professional development are encouraged.

A new solicitation for IRIS proposals has been issued:
View IRES Solicitation

The solicitation features three mechanisms; proposers are required to select one of the following tracks to submit their proposal:

  • Track I focuses on the development of world-class research skills in international cohort experiences;
  • Track II is dedicated to targeted, intensive learning and training opportunities that leverage international knowledge at the frontiers of research; and
  • Track III calls for U.S. institutional partnerships and coalitions to develop and evaluate innovative models for high-impact, large-scale international research and professional development experiences for graduate students, as individuals or groups.

Each track has a separate deadline for submission, which are listed in the solicitation.

All proposals must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. submitter's local time.

Full proposal deadlines:

Track-I IRES Sites: 30 January 2018
Track-II Advanced Studies Institutes: 6 February 2018

Full proposal target dates:

Track-III New Concepts in International Graduate Experience: 13 February 2018

For more information, including the full Solicitation and guidelines, go to:
View NSF Program Solicitation

Call for Nominations - 2018 Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research

Call for Nominations – 2018 Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research

We are now accepting nominations for the Weston Family Prize, which celebrates extraordinary and inspiring individuals who have devoted their career to natural science research and have demonstrated leadership and mentorship in the Canadian North.
The award includes a prize of $50,000 cash and over $50,000 to support a postdoctoral fellow of the recipient’s choice. The deadline to submit nominations and/or applications is January 31, 2018.

Full details on our website.

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Call for Applications - W. Garfield Weston Awards for Northern Research and Northern Archaeological Research

The W. Garfield Weston Awards for Northern Research and Northern Archaeological Research
Applications for the W. Garfield Weston Awards are now being accepted. The deadline to submit applications is January 31, 2018.

Awards are available to postdoctoral fellows and graduate students (PhD and Masters) in northern science and northern archaeology whose research includes a fieldwork component. Curious to see if your research is considered “northern”? Have a look at our Northern Boundary Map.

Full details on our website.

NC 2018 Award Cycle Science and Archaeology Student Awards Sep272017

NSF new solicitation: proposals to the International Research Experience for Students program

nsf logoThe International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program, managed by NSF’s Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE), supports research and research-related activities for U.S. science and engineering students.

The IRES program contributes to development of a diverse, globally engaged workforce with world-class skills. IRES focuses on active research participation by undergraduate or graduate students in high-quality international research, education and professional development experiences in NSF-funded research areas.

The program's overarching, long-term goals are to enhance U.S. leadership in research and education and to strengthen economic competitiveness by training the next generation of research leaders.

A new solicitation for IRIS proposals has been issued: https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?org=OAC&ods_key=nsf18505.

The solicitation features three mechanisms; proposers are required to select one of the following tracks to submit their proposal.

  • Track I focuses on the development of world-class research skills in international cohort experiences.
  • Track II is dedicated to targeted, intensive learning and training opportunities that leverage international knowledge at the frontiers of research.
  • Track III calls for U.S. institutional partnerships and coalitions to develop and evaluate innovative models for high-impact, large-scale international research and professional development experiences for graduate students, as individuals or groups.

Each track has a separate deadline for submission, which are listed in the solicitation.

Apply for the AGU Cryosphere Section Innovation Award!!

Are you a student looking to fund your innovative research in Cryospheric Science? Consider participating in the Flash Freeze competition at this year’s Fall Meeting!

The AGU Cryosphere Section Executive Committee is now accepting applications for the Cryosphere Innovation Award for Students that will be decided in the Flash Freeze competition on Thursday, December 14, 2017. The award is open to all students attending the 2017 Fall Meeting and is given to support and recognize innovative student-led research in the Cryospheric Sciences.

Students wishing to participate in this year’s competition will be required to submit a letter of intent (not to exceed one (1) page) and a CV (not to exceed two (2) pages) to the Innovation Award subcommittee chaired by Brooke Medley via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by November 17, 2017 at midnight US eastern time.

Approximately twenty (20) applicants will be selected for participation in the Flash Freeze competition and will be notified on December 1, 2017. During the competition, the student will give a two-minute pitch of their innovative idea to a panel of five (5) judges. Slides or props may be used but the pitch cannot exceed the two-minute allowance. The Flash Freeze event will be held at the 2017 Fall Meeting Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm in the Hilton Riverside Camp room. It is a requirement that the student must already be attending the 2017 Fall Meeting to participate. This year it is expected that ~5 awards of $1000 each will be awarded to the student winners from the Flash Freeze event to pursue their innovative research.

Further specific details can be found here, and we look forward to seeing exciting and innovative student-led ideas at this year’s event.

Apply for funding to attend the EGU General Assembly!

https://i2.wp.com/serconlimited.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/egu_ga.png?w=544&ssl=1Preparations for the EGU 2018 General Assembly (8–13 April, Vienna, Austria) are in full swing, and there are a number of opportunities and news we wanted to draw your attention to, relating to the conference and more. Don’t forget to submit your abstract to the meeting by 1 December 2017 if you’d like to apply for financial support, or by 10 January 2018 if not.

Roland Schlich travel support

To encourage participation of early career scientists, a limited amount of the overall budget of the EGU General Assembly is reserved to provide financial support to those who wish to attend the meeting.

Financial support includes a waiver of the registration fee and a refund of the Abstract Processing Charge (relating to the abstract for which support was requested). Additionally, the grant may include support for travel expenditures, at the discretion of the Support Selection Committee, to a maximum of €300.

Scientists who wish to apply for financial support should submit an abstract, on which they are first authors, by 1 December 2017. If you want to learn more about how the applications are evaluated and funding is allocated, this blog post includes all the details.

Communications Officer Vacancy

Do you like blogging and social media? Are you able to write about complex science topics to a broader audience? If you are looking for a career opportunity in (geo)science communication, check the latest job vacancy at the EGU Executive Office in Munich.

The deadline for applications is 5 November 2017. For more information and how to apply see our website or the EGU official blog, GeoLog.

EGU Public Engagement Grants

Have an idea for an outreach project which aims to raise awareness of geosciences outside of the scientific community, but are struggling to find funds to get it off the ground? Consider applying for one of two EGU Public Engagement Grants! Winners are each awarded a grant of €1000 to help further develop the project and put it into practice. In addition, winners will receive a free registration to attend the EGU 2019 General Assembly. The 2018 call for proposals will open the 15th November 2017 and remain open until 15th February 2018.

Arctic Yearbook 2017 Now Online

Arctic Yearbook 2017The Arctic Yearbook 2017 is now available - online and open access - at www.arcticyearbook.com

This year’s Arctic Yearbook focuses on the theme of Change & Innovation in the Arctic: Policy, Society, & the Environment. The field of innovation studies began in earnest in the 1960s, and has seen significant growth in the past decade. However very little work has been done to apply that scholarship to an Arctic context. This year’s Arctic Yearbook is an attempt to address this gap, with the nature of its articles an indication of the early direction of the field. We expect and hope that Arctic innovation studies will continue to develop in the future and are pleased to offer one of the first collections on the subject.

AY2017 consists of an introduction to the topic and five thematic sections:

  • Thinking Arctic Innovation
  • Creative Collaboration
  • Arctic Change & Innovation in Practice
  • Arctic Resources & Development
  • Arctic Governance & Institutions


AY2017 is a collection of 22 Scholarly Articles, paired with 6 Briefing Notes to provide succinct explanations of Arctic phenomena and issues of contemporary significance; as well as 11 Commentaries by esteemed and influential decision-makers and experts that provide unique insight into the events and trends that have captured our interest in the past year. In total, this Yearbook is comprised of the work of over 80 contributors from around the world.

You can now access and share AY2017 in various ways:

AY2017 Flip Book (ideal for tablets and smart phones). You can read the yearbook and share it via: https://issuu.com/arcticportal/docs/ay17_final_pdf_for_arctic_portal_oc.

At that same web address, you also have the option to download the full 498-page PDF, or share it on social media or via email.
Access individual PDFs of the articles, commentaries or briefing notes directly via our AY2017 Table of Contents at our website: https://arcticyearbook.com/toc2017.

IARPC Collaborations Webinar Series: Updates from the International Arctic Science Committee

IARPCIARPC Collaborations Webinar Series: Updates from the International Arctic Science Committee. US Delegates to the five IASC Working Groups (Atmosphere, Cryosphere, Marine, Social and Human, and Terrestrial) will present on their recent activities and how to engage with IASC through the forum provided on IARPC Collaborations. November 1, 2017, 4 PM ET. https://www.iarpccollaborations.org/webinars.html

National Science Foundation: Request for Information on mid-scale research infrastructure needs

nsf logoNSF has issued a Request for Information (RFI) in a "Dear Colleague Letter" on Oct. 6 to assess the science and engineering community’s needs for mid-scale research infrastructure. The information will be used to develop an infrastructure strategy, in accordance with the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act.

The submission deadline is Dec. 8. The AICA requires NSF to "evaluate the existing and future needs, across all disciplines supported by the Foundation, for mid-scale projects" and "develop a strategy to address the needs."

The RFI focuses on mid-scale research infrastructure projects with an anticipated NSF contribution of between $20 million and $100 million towards construction and/or acquisition.

After the submission period ends, and the information is analyzed, NSF will summarize the high-level insights drawn from this analysis for the science community and internal NSF use.

PLEASE NOTE: funding for mid-scale RI projects in this range of investment has not been identified; nor does this RFI imply an intent on the part of NSF to issue a call for proposals. In addition, responses to this RFI do not constitute any commitment on behalf of the submitters or their institutions to submit a proposal or carry out an RI project.

To read the DCL in full, please see: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18013/nsf18013.jsp.

Resource Available: Research Fellowships and Grants; The American-Scandinavian Foundation

https://scandinavianstudy.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/asf_logo.pngThe American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) invites applications for the Fellowships and Grants program for the 2018/19 academic year.

Awards for Research/Study in Scandinavia

The ASF will offer around $300,000 to outstanding American students, scholars, professionals and, artists for study and/or research in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, or Sweden. Fellowships of up to $23,000 are intended to support an academic year-long stay, and priority is given to students at the graduate level who need to spend time at foreign academic or research institutions. Grants of up to $5,000 are considered more suitable for shorter research visits, both on the graduate or post-doctoral level. Funding is available to candidates in all fields.

Awards for Arctic Research

In partnership with Scandinavian Seminar, a not-for-profit organization sponsoring educational and cultural interaction between Scandinavia and the United States, the ASF annually provides fellowships totaling $50,000 to outstanding American students, researchers, and artists for projects relating to the Arctic and pursued at University of the Arctic member institutions. The purpose of these fellowships is to increase knowledge about the Arctic and issues relating to the Circumpolar North. Past fellowship winners have included scholars pursuing Arctic projects in marine biology, geology, the environment, and Indigenous peoples, as well as artists photographing Arctic landscapes.

Awards for Research/Study in in the United States

The ASF awards fellowships and grants to Scandinavians doing research/study. These are made on the recommendation of ASF's cooperating organizations abroad, with each country setting its own deadline. Contact information for the ASF's cooperating organizations in Scandinavia can be found on the ASF website.

The ASF is a cultural and educational link between the U.S. and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden and works to build international understanding with an extensive program of fellowships, grants, intern/trainee sponsorship, publishing, and membership offerings.

Application deadline: 1 November 2017

For more information and application information, go to: Fellowship and Grants Homepage

For questions, contact:
Carl Fritscher
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Partial Scholarships in Argentina 2018

scholarships in argentina

The Onix Foundation is pleased to announce Partial Spanish Scholarships to attend in Córdoba a Super-intensive Spanish Language Course in January & July 2018. More than 600 students from around the world had the opportunity to study Spanish in Argentina since 2007. This unique program can help students to find an easy way to experience a wonderful international experience in America.

For more information, please visit: www.scholarshipsargentina.org or www.argentineculture.org

The total cost with the partial scholarship of 2 weeks program with 60 hours of Spanish & Culture + activities + accommodation is €420.

About us: https://www.argentineculture.org/about-us

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