Important information for applicants

1. Who can apply?

RFS’s main focus is ecosystem based research and monitoring, but the station welcomes all scientists wanting to do research in the area. The station receives researchers from domestic and international universities and research institutions, as well as doctoral candidates. Master students at Icelandic universities can also apply but for practical reasons RFS can not accommodate master students from universities abroad. Independent researchers are encouraged to apply.

Certain factors are used as the basis for application evaluation:

  • Relevance of the project in relation to Rif Field Station’s goals and objectives
  • How the project supports and enhances knowledge, e.g. regarding the state of biodiversity and ecosystems in the Northern and Arctic regions, the impacts of climate change, human-nature interactions etc.
  • Relevance of the project in relation to the area itself as well as the international scientific community
  • Relevance of the project in relation to Iceland’s policies and obligations regarding Northern and Arctic issues

2. Before handing in your application

Before handing in the online applications, applicants are expected to familiarise themselvers with the following basic information on the field station and its facilities as well as RFS’s monitoring plan.

3. Applying to RFS

Here you will find a link to RFS’s online application form, where you can also hand in supporting documents.

4. After handing in your application

RFS reviews applications as quickly as possible, or within 3 weeks from the date of application. When an application has been accepted, applicants will be requested to familiarise themselves with the following documents:

5. During field visit

During field visit, most researchers stay in the village of Raufarhöfn, where RFS has its office. Raufarhöfn is located close to RFS’s main research are. RFS’s employee welcomes researchers in Raufarhöfn and assists with general logistics during the stay. All questions that may arise leading up to the field visit can be directed to RFS via email rif@rifresearch.is or phone +354 856-9500.

6. After field visit

After field visit all visitors are asked to hand in an end of project report. The report should be handed in preferably at the end of stay, or within a week of departure from RFS. RFS is responsible for providing visitors with the report form during their stay.

7. Regarding research and monitoring/projects that are ongoing for more than one year/more than one field visit

Many of the research and monitoring projects in place in RFS’s monitoring area are ongoing for more than one field visit/one year. Researchers responsible for those projects are expected to follow the process described above before their first field visit, but after every year/every field visit researchers will be asked to update the project’s metadata.