Call for Applications: The SCOSTEP Visiting Scholar (SVS) program

Applications are invited to the SCOSTEP Visiting Scholar (SVS) program, a new capacity building activity of SCOSTEP (the Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics). The objective of the SVS program is to provide training to young scientists and graduate students from developing countries in well-established solar terrestrial physics laboratories, for periods of between one and three months.

The SVS program complements the current scientific program, VarSITI (Variability of the Sun and its Terrestrial Impact) and public outreach activities of SCOSTEP.

The objective

The objective of the SVS program is to provide training to young scientists and graduate students from developing countries in well-established solar terrestrial physics laboratories, for periods of between one and three months. Our aim is to fund four scholars each year, one related to each of the four SCOSTEP VarSITI themes. The training will help the young scientists to advance their career in solar terrestrial physics using the technique/skill they learned during the training. SCOSTEP will provide the airfare, while it is expected that the hosting lab will provide the living expenses (lodging, meals, ground transportation, visa fees and other incidentals). Trainees should have their own health insurance or arrange a provision with the host lab.

Frequency

At least four scholars each year, starting in 2015.

Application Procedure

Please contact one of the SVS program listed below and work out the details of the visit. Once the applicant and the host agree on a visit, please prepare an application package including the following details of the visit: (i) work to be performed; (ii) dates of the visit and an estimate of the airfare in economy class; (iii) letter from the applicant’s supervisor, and (iv) letter from the host scientist. Prepare a single PDF file of the above materials and email it to: Dr. Marianna G. Shepherd (mshepher@yorku.ca). All applications should be sent to the SCOSTEP Secretariat by not later than May 31, 2015. The applicant will be informed within three months after this date.

List of hosts

  • Leibniz Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAF), Germany. Contact: Dr. Franz-Josef Lübken – luebken@iap-kborn.de
  • The Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory (STEL), Nagoya University, Japan. Contact: Dr. Kazuo Shiokawa – shiokawa@stelab.nagoya-u.ac.jp
  • National Institute of Polar Research (NiPR), Japan. Contact: Dr. Takuji Nakamura – nakamura.takuji@nipr.ac.jp
  • National Space Science Centre (NSSC), Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. Contact: Dr. Yihua Yan – yyh@nao.cas.cn
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), USA. Contacts: Dr. Antti Pulkkinen – antti.a.pulkkinen@nasa.gov, Dr. Nat Gopalswamy – Nat.gopalswamy@nasa.gov, Dr. Seiji Yashiro – seiji.yashiro@nasa.gov
  • South African National Space Agency (SANSA), South Africa. Contact: Dr. Lee-Anne McKinnell – lmckinnell@sansa.org.za

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