Application Deadline: 17 April 2017
This US National Science Foundation sponsored Antarctic Biology Course will be held during January 2018 in Antarctica, at the United States Antarctic Program’s McMurdo Station. The training program is designed to provide early-career scientists with opportunities to work in Antarctica and to study polar biology. Applications are invited from graduate students currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program and researchers who have completed a Ph.D. within the past five years. This is an international training program, open to all nationalities. Partial support is available to cover the cost of travel from each participant’s home institution. While in Antarctica, full support is provided for room & board and science activities. The emphasis of the Antarctic Biology Course is on integrative biology, with laboratory- and field-based projects focused on adaptations to extreme polar environments. This program will also provide opportunities to understand and appreciate the complexities and logistical challenges of undertaking successful science in Antarctica. A diverse instructional faculty will offer participants the opportunity to study a wide range of Antarctic organisms (bacteria, algae, invertebrates, fish), using different levels of biological analysis (spanning molecular biology, physiological ecology, species diversity, and evolution).
Participants accepted to the course receive some financial support to assist with the cost of travel from their home institution to Christchurch, New Zealand. Full support is provided for transportation to McMurdo Station from New Zealand, plus room and board, and science activities while in Antarctica. Each participant is responsible for covering the costs of completing the NSF-required medical and dental examinations (required of all participants in the US Antarctic Program). It is anticipated that travel dates to and from Antarctica will be in late December 2017 until early February 2018 (exact dates will be set in 2017).