Helping young polar scientists
A joint initiative of the InBev-Baillet Latour Fund and the International Polar Foundation, the €150,000 Fellowship promotes scientific excellence in Antarctica and polar science’s crucial role in furthering our understanding of the Earth.
Awarded to international young polar scientists, the fellowship provides the means to pursue scientific research in the Antarctic, in the vicinity of Princess Elisabeth Antarctica station.
For each call for proposals, a few scientific topics and disciplines are selected and the proposals are evaluated both by a scientific jury and the Fellowship Committee.
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Previous laureates of the Fellowship are:
- 2012: German glaciologist Dr Reinhard Drews, based at the Laboratoire de Glaciologie, at Université Libre de Bruxelles for his project "Be:Wise" investigating 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.
- 2010: Dr. Steven Goderis from the Department of Geology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel for the "Micrometa" program 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 from the Laboratory of Protistology & Aquatic Ecology at the Ghent University for his research project "Delaqua", which aims at studying the deglaciation history and past changes in ice-sheet thickness and climate in the Sør Rondane Massif (East Antarctica) during the late Quaternary.
Please note that the first two editions of the Fellowship were only open to Belgian scientists, and was awarded every two years.
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