As two international organizations based in Akureyri, Iceland, the Conservation of Flora and Fauna (CAFF) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), teamed up together and with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) to help early career scientists get more involved in the process of taking research from results through to science policy recommendations.
We selected two CAFF-IASC Fellows in the inaugural year (2018). Fellows will identify a joint area of interest and expertise, participate in and contribute to CAFF’s work, and produce some culminating output.
2018's areas of interest are:
The duration of the Fellowships will be from January through November 2018. Each Fellow will begin by attending the CAFF Board Meeting (6-8 Feb 2018; Fairbanks, Alaska), continue on with an appropriate working group meeting, and contribute to the program of the Arctic Biodiversity Congress. As appropriate, Fellows will continue working with their CAFF groups to deliver peer-reviewed publications and/or a report to the Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials.
During their appointment, both Fellows will be expected to attend the following meetings:
- CAFF Board Meeting, 6-8 February 2018; Fairbanks, Alaska
- One CAFF working group meeting (TBD)
- The Arctic Biodiversity Congress, 9-11 October 2018; Rovaniemi, Finland
- Other meetings (e.g. Arctic Science Summit Week / Polar2018), as time and funds allow.
Travel support to attend 3 – 4 meetings for each Fellow during their Fellowships will be made available through CAFF and IASC. The travel support is the only financial remuneration for the Fellows. Salary is not included during the Fellowship.
- Fellows will deliver meeting reports for partner newsletters.
- As this is a pilot program, Fellows will deliver program feedback and evaluations.
- As part of their Fellowship, Fellows will contribute to at least one peer reviewed publication and/or deliverable report to the Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials.
Application & Selection Criteria
- Be advanced Master students. Doctoral students / candidates, postdoctoral researchers or early career faculty members (up to 5 years past PhD),
- Commit to participating in the activities and meetings listed above in the announcement text from January to November 2018,
- Be excited about international teamwork, be open to cross-disciplinary work, and appreciate the need to engage between science and policy-related institutions, and
- Have a good command of English.
In recognition of project funding from Sweden, candidates from Sweden were encouraged to apply. APECS coordinated the application and review process; recommendations from APECS based on the review process were delivered for final selection to the CAFF and IASC Secretariats.
Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF)
CAFF is the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council and consists of National Representatives assigned by each of the eight Arctic Council Member States, representatives of Indigenous Peoples' organizations that are Permanent Participants to the Council, and Arctic Council observer countries and organizations. CAFF’s mandate is to address the conservation of Arctic biodiversity, and to communicate its findings to the governments and residents of the Arctic, helping to promote practices which ensure the sustainability of the Arctic’s living resources. For more information: www.caff.is