Baillet Latour Antarctica Fellowship

The Baillet Latour Antarctica Fellowship provides young scientists with the opportunity to conduct research in East Antarctica while operating out of Princess Elisabeth Antarctica research station.


A joint initiative of the Baillet Latour Fund and the International Polar Foundation, the €150,000 Baillet Latour Antarctica Fellowship award aims to promote scientific excellence in Antarctica and underscores the crucial role polar science plays in furthering our understanding of the Earth and how it functions.

The fellowship is open to applicants from any country in the world. Applicants must be either doctoral researchers or post-doctoral researchers who have completed their PhD within the last 10 years.

The successful applicant will continue to work at their current research organisation and conduct original research while operating from the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica station (located in Dronning Maud Land in East Antarctica at 71.57°S 23.20°E).


  • €150,000 over two years

  • supports 2 field seasons at Princess Elisabeth research station


  • open to doctoral/post-doctoral researchers (PhD completed <10 years) from any country in the world

  • possible fields of research: (1) Atmospheric Sciences (2) Geology (3) Glaciology and (4) Microbiology (excluding marine)


Please first consult the Applicant Information,  Research and Logistics and FAQs before applying.

Download the application package and send in your completed appiication (Application form, Financial Annex and CV) to:


Need advice on how to write a good proposal? See the recording of the SCAR-COMNAP-APECS Fellowships writing webinar available on the SCAR Fellowships Mentoring page to learn directly from a highly qualified and experienced panel.

Please direct any questions about the Baillet Latour Antarctica Fellowship or research possibilities at Princess Elisabeth to:


  • 2018: Dr. Kate Winter, Northumbria University, received the 2018-2020 Baillet Latour Antarctica Fellowship award for her project 'BioFe in Glacial Systems'. Her project will involve undertaking cutting edge geomorphological research around the Belgian Princess Elizabeth station operational area will contribute to advancing the diversity of the research being carried out in the region. Her proposal will contribute particularly to understanding the transport of nutrients in sediments from inland areas of the Antarctic to the Southern Ocean. This goal will fill a gap in scientific investigation of ice sheets, and ocean fertilisation processes.


  • 2016: Dr. Lori Ziolkowski, University of South Carolina, received the 2016-2018 Baillet Latour Fellowship for her REMACA project. She studied carbon cycling processes, including microbial, in a wide variety of potential habitats in areas surrounding the Princess Elizabeth station. Her work will contribute to future studies on diverse topics such as past climate patterns and microbial diversity in East Antarctica. 

  • 2014: Dr. Jan Lenaerts received the grant for his Benemelt project to investigate how much snow melts currently on the ice shelves in East Antarctica, by how much that melt will increase in the future, and how that will impact ice shelf stability and a resulting rise in global sea levels. Watch the laureate's video interview after he was awarded the Fellowship.

  • 2012: German glaciologist Dr. Reinhard Drews received the grant for the Be:Wise research project, which investigates how the potential disintegration of Antarctic floating ice shelves could contribute to increased ice flow from inland glaciers, and a resulting rise in global sea levels. Learn about his experience and listen to advice he gives to future applicants in our video interview.

  • 2010: Dr. Steven Goderis received the grant for his Micrometa project, which aims to gain better insight into the origin and the evolution of planets and our solar system through the study of micrometeorites.

  • 2008: Dr. Elie Verleyen received the grant for his research project Delaqua to study the deglaciation history and past changes in ice-sheet thickness and climate in the Sør Rondane Massif in East Antarctica during the Late Quaternary.

Please note that in 2008 and 2010, the Fellowship was only open to researchers registered at a Belgian University or research institute or other research facility in Belgium. Since 2012 the Fellowship has been opened to researchers based anywhere in the world.

Wish to know more about past laureates? The International Polar Foundation organised an afternoon science conference - Antarctica -The Next Generation -  at the Palais des Académies/Paleis der Academiën in Brussels on September 17th 2014. It provided participants with the opportunity to learn about the scientific outcomes of research carried out in Antarctica by previous laureates of the Antarctica Fellowship in the fields of microbiology, glaciology and planetary sciences as well as atmospheric science research at the Princess Elisabeth Station. The detailed conference programme as well as speakers' biographies, speeches and presentations made at the conference are available for download. 

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Project Partners

We would like to thank the following partners for their support

  • Baillet Latour Fund

  • SCAR