In collaboration with the Nippon foundation, POGO established the NF-POGO Visiting Professorship Programme, which ran for 3 years (2004-2007). This initiative metamorphosed into the Centre of Excellence Programme, which allows scholars from developing countries to receive training from world-class scientists for ten months at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences.
POGO continues to run a Visiting Professorship programme, which generally funds one Professor every year. The Professorship allows short visits (2 weeks to 3 months) of distinguished scientists from advanced oceanographic institutes to institutes in developing countries and economies in transition, to provide training and mentoring, to develop collaborations and enhance networking. Follow this link to read about past POGO Visiting Professorships.
The goal of the visiting professorship is capacity building in the host institution, leading to enhanced sustained ocean observations to address societal issues of the day. Development of highly-trained scientific professionals is the priority. Promoting contacts, collaborations and networking among institutions of developing and developed countries is another goal.
This programme is seen as a complement to the POGO-SCOR Visiting Fellowship Programme.
Who can apply?
The Visiting Professorship Program is open to oceanographic research establishments and educational institutes in developing countries and in economies in transition. The proposal must be submitted by a senior scientist from the institute wishing to host the visiting professor, and the application must be made after procuring in writing the willingness of the proposed professor to participate in the proposed programme.
What does the profesorship offer?
The programme covers the international travel costs of the professor and a modest honorarium for the professor. The programme also covers modest travel and accommodation costs for inviting students or young scientists from neighbouring areas to the host institution, to benefit from the visit and the training provided by the eminent visiting professor. It may be possible for the programme to cover hotel and per diem for the visiting professor in exceptional circumstances, but it is preferred that the host institution cover all the local costs for the visiting professor, as a mark of their commitment to the programme. More details regarding the terms of the fellowship are provided in the announcement/application form downloadable below.
What are the Priority Areas?
This programme has the same priorities as the POGO-SCOR Visiting Fellowship Programme.
- Argo Floats
- Fixed-point time-series observations (particularly those integrated in existing networks such as OceanSITES, ChloroGIN, Antares)
- Large-scale, operational biological observations including biodiversity (e.g. Continuous Plankton Recorder)
- Emerging Technologies for Ocean Observations
- Data management
- Coastal observations/ Coastal zone management
- Ocean and coastal modeling.
These are the priority areas for the visiting professorship, and the selected POGO Professor should have a scientific interest in one of these areas of work; the corresponding host should have a similar interest, with a related on-going programme that will benefit from the visit.
How does one apply?
Applications should come from the host institute wishing to host the visiting professor, after procuring the written agreement from the proposed professor to offer the necessary training. The proposal should be prepared in discussion with the proposed visiting professor, to ensure that there is complete agreement between the proposed training and what the visiting professor is able to provide. Applicants should complete and submit the application form given below, together with a letter of support from the proposed visiting professor, and CVs of both the applicant and the proposed visiting professor.and send it either by e-mail or by post to the POGO Secretariat. Only applications that are complete in all respects will be considered.
Applications for 2013 are now closed.