Berth Support to Antarctica



YPASM is introducing Berth Support to Antarctica to encourage Malaysian researchers to conduct their research activities in Antarctica through a MoU signed between YPASM and British Antarctic Survey (BAS) over the period 2019-2024 and through collaboration Malaysian researchers established with any SCAR Member Countries.


Purpose of the Call

YPASM seeks for application from Malaysian researchers to undertake field work at BAS Research Stations (Signy or Rothera), or any of their collaborator’s research stations in Antarctica for the 2022/2023 Antarctic summer season. 

The application is ONLY open to all Malaysian researchers from universities participating in the YPASM Smart Partnership Initiative, namely Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM),  Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), International Medical University (IMU) and Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT).


Offer detail

A) Berth Support through British Antarctic Survey (BAS)

YPASM will make an annual contribution of £27,500 to BAS for each Malaysian scientist visiting BAS station during the Antarctic summer session. Two (2) Malaysian researchers are expected to visit the station every year.

The works of the researcher would be based on activities at the stations and day trips form the station. Any activities extending beyond this (e.g. ship cruises, air support or extended field work periods away from stations) would require a separate financial contribution by the researcher, to be agreed in the LoU covering that specific project.

Researcher should pay for the expenses as per below;

  • Flights for Malaysian personnel between the UK and the Falkland Islands and/or Punta Arenas (in transit to/from Antarctica) at the BAS concession fare rate.
  • Travel and subsistence expenses for Malaysian personnel when in transit to/from Antarctica (e.g. in the Falklands/Punta Arenas) and when visiting or working at Cambridge or attending BAS courses in the UK.
  • Freight costs of all Malaysian equipment up to the point where the freight is embarked on a BAS ship or aircraft.
  • Hire of polar clothing required for station and field use.
  • Planning Schedules for Malaysian participation in BAS Expedition 2022/2023 can be downloaded here


How to Apply:

Discuss project idea with BAS and submit BAS Pre-Award OSPQ. Deadline: Closed

Prospective researchers to discuss initial idea with potential BAS Co-Investigator. You may find them here, or contact or should you need help with this.

All applicants whose intended to include fieldwork in the Antarctic (Signy or Rothera station) must complete a ‘Pre-Award Operational Support Planning Questionnaire (OSPQ)’ by BAS prior to the submission of application. To complete a new questionnaire, you may email the Polar Funding Office at BAS ( stating your name, institution and proposal title. They will set up a new questionnaire and send you the link along with instructions for completion.

Pre-Award OSPQs feedback will be sent to applicants from NERC Head Office by 24 January 2022. Once approved, NERC will send you a PDF version of your ‘Pre Award OSPQ’ which must be included as an attachment for your application to YPASM.


Submit Project Proposal to YPASM. Deadline: Closed

If your Pre-Award OSPQ is approved, you may proceed to submit the required documents to YPASM via email to and;

  1. LoU from BAS Co-Investigator(s)
  2. Approved Pre-Award OSPQ
  3. Project Objectives
  4. Project Funding


Complete BAS Post-Award OSPQ. Deadline: Closed

Applicants with Prioritised Project to complete Post-Award OSPQ with BAS Co-Investigator support.

YPASM Berth Support to Antarctica Recipients 2020/2021 

YPASM Berth Support to Antarctica Recipients 2019/2020 

Dr. Wan Lutfi bin Wan Johari

Universiti Putra Malaysia

Dr. Nur Alia Johari

International Medical University

Dr. Mohd Shahrul bin Mohd Nadzir

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

YPASM Berth Support to Antarctica Recipients 2015/2016

YPASM Berth Support to Antarctica Recipients 2016/2017

Dr. Japareng Lalung

Universiti Sains Malaysia

Shoba Mary Thomas

Universiti Malaya

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Siti Aqlima binti Ahmad

Universiti Putra Malaysia

Shoba Mary Thomas

Universiti Malaya

YPASM Berth Support to Antarctica Recipients 2013/2014 

YPASM Berth Support to Antarctica Recipients 2014/2015 

Yew Wen Chyin

Universiti Malaya

Yogabanu Ulaganathan

Universiti Malaya

Dr. Chan Kok Keong

International Medical University

Yogabanu Ulaganathan

Universiti Malaya