Dongsha Atoll Research Station - Research Award (April, 2019)
Dongsha Atoll Research Station (DARS) is established to study the natural resources and phenomena under the background of global change in South China Sea (SCS) by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan (Republic of China). This award is aimed at increasing exposure of the SCS atoll and islands and providing research opportunities to scientific community through sponsoring scientists from both Taiwan and abroad. At present, the award sponsors research activities based on Dongsha Atoll and Taiping Island.
Qualification & Requirements
1. Status of applicant: Post-doctoral, research fellows, professors. Doctoral and master students are considered on the assumption that his/her major advisors approve of the proposal.
2. A concise proposal + application form, not exceeding a total. Of 7 pages, including C/V.
The application cover page should have the following information: Name, position, address, Institute, email, telephone number, nationality, academic degree, title of study, planned duration of Dongsha/Taiping-Island stay, key instrument involved; information of Taiwanese collaborators.
3. Taiwanese collaborator(s) required. Taiwanese collaborator(s) is also responsible for application of collection permits from Marine National Park of Taiwan, and/or other authorities, if needed. If foreign scientists could not find a Taiwanese collaborator, DARS may be able to match a suitable one for you.
4. Deadline: None, but allow enough time, e.g., >3 months, for your case to be reviewed. Scientists boarding the islands, categorized as military zones, require >2 months application period to the proper authorities. (DARS handles the application, applicants just send passport/ID color scans.)
The Award Offers:
1. One to four week stay at Dongsha/Taiping-Island, covering costs on the research station on the islands, i.e., room and board, boat use, bench, diving, shipping of supply by ferry between the research stations and Kaohsiung, insurance to cover the period of the stay, as well as all relevant logistics. Flights/ships between Kaohsiung and Dongsha/Taiping Island.
2. For first-time visitors, round trip economic flights between your home institute and Kaohsiung may be subsidized as well as up to four-day per-diem to cover living costs in Taiwan. These are based on need bases.
Contact one of the following:
1. Your Taiwanese collaborators;
2. Co-PI of DARS (see our webpage) that is most relevant to your research;
3. Professor Keryea Soong, PI of DARS project, Department of Oceanography, NSYSU, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Dongsha Atoll Research Station is managed by Department of Oceanography, College of Marine Sciences, National Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.