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Call for 2014 SCOR Visiting Scholars


SCOR began a program in 2009 to enlist the services of ocean scientists from the SCORcommunity, from both developed countries and developing countries, to teach short courses andto provide more extended on-site education and mentorship at developing country institutions.This program is open to any scientists who have time available to spend teaching and mentoringin a developing country. The scholarships are not intended to conduct joint research, althoughsuch research may develop as an outcome of a visit.

Hosting visiting scientists can have many benefits to host institutions also, such as inspiring,motivating, and informing students and faculty, and leading to future collaborations between thevisiting scientist and the host institution.

This program sends ocean scientists interested in short-term visits to developing countries. Theprogram is a partnership, with the host institution providing local accommodation and SCORpaying for airfares and other local expenses, as necessary. The participating scientists donatetheir time. They may be onsite for as little as two weeks to as long as visa requirements allow. Applicants may already have selected a host institution or SCOR will help identify hosts.

Information Required from Potential SCOR Visiting Scholars

Individuals interested in participating in this program should provide the following information:

  • Name and contact information of applicant
  • Experience in teaching and research – one summary paragraph and short CV
  • Languages spoken and written fluently—Many institutions in developing countries seekscientific instruction in English to help prepare them to interact with scientists from theglobal ocean science community, but may also prefer individuals with some knowledgeof their national language.
  • Specific teaching and research interests
  • Countries/regions of interest
  • If a potential host institution has been identified, an invitation letter with the informationrequested in following section should be provided.
  • Willingness to donate time and period of availability
  • Coverage by health and accident insurance—Lack of coverage would not rule out anycandidate, but would alert SCOR to the need to arrange such insurance.

This information will be made available to potential host institutions, but will not be posted onthe Web in open-access format.

Information Required From Potential Host Institutions

Institutions interested in hosting a SCOR Visiting Scholar should provide the followinginformation, in a short proposal describing the visiting scientist’s term at the host institution:

  • Help requested: teaching, mentoring in research, technology assistance, etc.
  • Term of service desired, including specific dates
  • Local subsistence provided
  • Language abilities desired
  • Plans by the host institution to build on the training received, especially developingmechanisms for longer-term engagement between the Visiting Scholar and graduatestudents. Examples may include reciprocal visits by the students trained, becomingmembers of host institution graduate committees, etc.
  • Conduct an evaluation of the effectiveness of the Visiting Scholar’s visit, using a surveyprovided by SCOR. This survey should be conducted by the host institution before theend of the Visiting Scholar’s visit.

SCOR will select Scholars through its Committee on Capacity Building, which will review theapplicants and the proposed work assignments at the host institutions. The number of scientistsplaced each year will depend on the number of applications received and funding available.Criteria for selection will include the following:

  • Quality and relevance of the proposal
  • Experience of the candidate and fit with the program (language skills, teachingexperience, subject areas requested by the institution)
  • Needs of the host institution
  • Plans by the host institution to build on the training received

SCOR will provide airfares and funds for meals for the Visiting Scholars and for insurance costs for those that do not have insurance.

SCOR can serve as a broker of the partnerships, but the individual and institution will beresponsible to ensure a successful outcome. SCOR will monitor the results of each partnershipwith a questionnaire to the visiting scientist and the host institution after the visit, to determinethe effectiveness of the program and ways to make it more useful. SCOR will make every effortto create a sustainable program.

Report from Completed Scholar Visits

Following completion of a SCOR Visiting Scholar’s term, the Scholar is expected to submit atimely report to SCOR. This report should describe the experience and outcomes of the visit,recommendations to SCOR for future implementation of the Visiting Scholar program, andpotential for future interactions with the host institution.

Applications for the 2014 SCOR Visiting Scholars Program should be sent to Ed.Urban@scor-int.org by 1 January 2014Please see the list of eligible host countries at http://scor-int.org/Eligible_Countries-24Sept2013.pdf. The list changes each year based on changes in country’s economic status.