There are a number of networks, associations, and initiatives that serve the needs of early career researchers (ECRs).

CliC is proud to collaborate with several of these groups to support early career scientists studying the cryosphere. Learn more about these resources and other ECR opportunities below.

Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS)

The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) is an international and interdisciplinary organization for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, early career faculty members, early career professionals, educators and others with interests in Polar and Alpine regions and the wider cryosphere.

The EGG is open to any ECS (Early-Career Scientist) in glaciology or related snow and ice sciences. Our aims are to enhance the cryosphere ECS community (socially and professionally), particularly within the IGS, and to provide additional support to ECS in cryosphere-related fields.

Ice Core Young Scientists (ICYS) is an informal, international network of early career scientists dedicated to the study of polar and alpine ice cores and ice core-related sciences. Our purpose is to foster personal connections among young scientists from around the world, in order to build a supportive ice core science community and to inspire future collaborations.

The PAGES Early-Career Network (ECN) aims to facilitate the exchange of ideas and skill sets in order to give early-career researchers the tools to excel in their research fields. The ECN helps with the dissemination of information, establishes vital scientific networks, and fosters the development of ideas that can lead to future research collaborations and improved job prospects.

The Permafrost Young Researchers Network (PYRN) is an international organization established under the patronage of the International Permafrost Association (IPA) fostering innovative collaboration, seeking to recruit, retain and promote future generations of permafrost researchers. Initiated during the 4th International Polar Year (IPY), PYRN directs the multi-disciplinary talents of its membership toward global awareness, knowledge and response to permafrost-related challenges in a changing climate. They are partnered with APECS. 

The Polar Science Early Career Community Office (PSECCO) is a community-building and community-support organization for polar early career scientists, funded by National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs. PSECCO’s mission is to empower and elevate early career scientists in the polar sciences,  support a vibrant community,  provide opportunities and resources,  offer skill trainings and work together towards a more just, inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible polar science environment. 

The primary objective of WCRP Capacity Development is to empower long-term achievements in climate research. In this context, WCRP promotes current and future leadership in climate science, making particular efforts to support and engage Early Career Researchers (ECRs) from all regions in the world, toward a sustainable climate research community.

An interdisciplinary, international, and bottom-up early career researchers (ECR) network in the Earth system sciences, YESS promotes both local and global collaborations and exchange among early career scientists (ECS) across disciplines related to Earth system sciences, while actively fostering career development. YESS aims to contribute to shape and provide a collective voice to the (inter)national research agenda and initiatives, and create opportunities for future leaders around the globe. YESS also aims to enhance opportunities for early career researchers from underrepresented regions and identities to generate a more inclusive and equitable research community.

Early Career Award and Fellowship Opportunities

The Cryosphere Early Career Award is presented annually and recognizes significant early career contributions to cryospheric sciences and technology from honorees within 10 years of receiving their Ph.D. Find eligibility requirements, honor benefits, and nomination details here.

The IACS Early Career Scientist (ECS) Prize is a cash prize of €1000 awarded every two years to two early career scientists who have published the best scientific papers on a cryospheric subject as assessed by an independent evaluation committee. The objective of the prize is to recognize excellence in cryospheric science by honouring and promoting two ECS scientists, and to draw attention to the work of IACS. Find nomination guidelines here.

The IASC Fellowship Program was established in 2014 and is meant to engage early career researchers in the work of the IASC Working Groups (WGs): Atmosphere, Cryosphere, Marine, Social & Human, and Terrestrial. Each year, one Fellow per WG is chosen. In addition, at least one early career Arctic Indigenous Scholar or Knowledge Holder is selected per year, who can choose which IASC WG to engage in. More information here.