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Deadline, April 17: 11th Antarctic Biology Training Program


February 15, 2017

NSF will sponsor the 11th Antarctic Biology Training Program (for early career scientists) at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, in January 2018.

A collaboration between the University of San Francisco and the University of Southern California, the Antarctic Biology Training Program has a record of introducing participants to Antarctic science under realistic field conditions, and providing opportunities to understand and appreciate the complexities and logistical challenges of undertaking science in Antarctica.

Applicants must be currently enrolled as a doctoral student in good academic standing. Postdoctoral researchers or early-career faculty must have completed their doctorate within the past five years.

For complete information and application materials, see: https://www.usfca.edu/arts-sciences/antarctic-biology-training-program/how-to-apply.

Participants in 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 U.S. Antarctic Program).

It is anticipated that travel dates to and from Antarctica will be in late December 2017 until late January 2018 (exact dates will be set in 2017).

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2017, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

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