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Geohost Stipend Programme and its grantees

The 33rd IGC Geohost Stipend Programme was developed in accordance with the principles originally outlined by the Organising Committee of the 28th IGC; giving priority to young scientists with academic Earth Science qualfications. A Geohost Committee was established, including representatives of the five Nordic countries as well as the non-profit Norwegian government foundation Petrad. The funds were provided by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Swedish and Finnish Development Agencies and the 33rd IGC Organizing Committee. The Geohost Committee was also in charge of the selection of recipients for a separate fund provided by the European Science Foundation (ESF).

The Geohost Committee met in Oslo on 14 February 2008 to undertake the selection procedure. The aim of the Geohost Committee was to satisfy the greatest possible number of applications from the greatest number of countries. The selection of applications was made on the basis of the documents submitted by applicants and selection criteria were: nationality, age, gender, role in congress, and qualifications/position. All the applicants were notified of the decision taken by the Geohost Committee by 28 February and were requested to express their acceptance no later than 15 March. Detailed confirmation letters regarding attendance preferences and accommodation were sent by 2 April.

Nearly 10% of the recipients initially selected declined or did not answer. With the resulting available funds it was possible to give some support to all the applicants placed by the Committee on the waiting list and to offer some grants to a few more late applicants, selected on the basis of their scientific contribution to the Congress. In total there were 571 stipends allocated, 347 to men and 224 to women from totally 71 Countries. This represented 61% of the total number of applications. All 571 were granted waiver of the registration fee, 439 received free accommodation in Oslo for the duration of their stay during the Congress, and no travel grants were awarded. g


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