Fellowships and Visiting Scientists

NOTE: Currently, Fellowships are not being offered under this program. 

History: For 12 years, beginning in 1995, START offered opportunities for scientists in developing countries to form collaborative relationships with their colleagues, both in developing and developed countries.

The START Fellowships for young scientists, coupled with the START Visiting Scientist Fellowships for more senior scientists, were very successful in increasing the number of developing country scientists who contribute to global change research within the frameworks of START’s sponsoring programs, IGBP, WCRP, and IHDP.

The START Fellowship/Visiting Scientist Program drew applications from more than 600 scientists from developing countries. Over 170 awards were made. Awardees contribute to the international global change research programs, to START’s regional networks, and to the international scientific community at large through their ongoing research. Today, the participants from these programs are contributing to climate change adaptation and related aspects of sustainable development strategies for their respective countries and regions through ongoing collaborative relationships with their colleagues, both in developing and developed countries.

Fellowships: The Global Change Fellowships were offered at the graduate and post-graduate levels to young scientists from Africa, Asia, and Oceania. START Fellows collaborate with senior mentors in leading laboratories or institutions in any part of the world, where research is being conducted on relevant regional aspects of global change. Many publications in peer-reviewed journals have resulted from the initial collaboration, as well as ongoing projects. Some of the Fellows went on to develop and submit  proposals that were subsequently funded for continuing research, capacity building, and in support of adaptation strategies.

Visiting Scientist Awards: Similarly, the Visiting Scientist Awards provided opportunities for more senior scientists from developing countries to undertake short-term visits to major international laboratories to become acquainted with recent advances in research. Long-term programmatic linkages between the individuals and institutions are ongoing as a result of the initial collaborative visits.

Support: The START Fellowship/Visiting Scientist Award program was supported through funding from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration provided funding for fellowships related to the Global Observation of Forest Cover/Global Observation of Land Dynamics project (GOFC-GOLD).

Previous awardees were supported through the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the United Nations Development Programme/Global Environmental Facility, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

For more information, contact Skip Kauffman,

Last Updated on February 29th, 2012