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2014 ProSPER.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Award
in Sustainable Development

The Prosper.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Award in Sustainable Development is given annually to young scientists or researchers, based in the Asia-Pacific region (excluding USA and Canada), who have made significant contributions in the area of Sustainable Development.


For 2014, awards will be given in each of three areas: 
click on the category links below to view more keywords


Disaster Risk Reduction

  • Climate Change and its Impact
  • Disaster Preparedness, Prevention and Mitigation
  • Vulnerability, Risks and Resilience
  • Rehabilitation
  • Disaster Management and Education

Sustainable Agriculture

  • Agriculture and Biodiversity
  • Sustainable Food Systems and Food Security
  • Agricultural Resource Efficiency
  • Agriculture and Renewable Energy
  • Agricultural Engineering and Biotechnology


  • Waste Minimization
  • Waste Treatment
  • Waste Management, Design and Operation
  • Waste Systems Processes and Technologies
  • Policies and Regulatory Frameworks



Eligibility and Application Process

The award is open to those engaged in graduate education and research activities that emphasize sustainable development in any of the above three areas. Candidates are expected to be employed at institutions of higher education in the Asia-Pacific region (excluding USA and Canada), and should have completed their PhD. degree between 1 June 2009 and 1 June 2014. 

Candidates may be put forth by nomination or direct application. Nominations and applications must be supported by two letters of recommendation. Please observe that researchers working at, or affilated with UNU-IAS are not eligible to apply.


Evaluation Process

All qualified applications will be evaluated by an international panel of three recognized experts in Sustainable Development in each of the three areas.


Evaluation Criteria

  • Number of citations and h-index
  • Number and quality of publications
  • Documented External Impact




Nominations and applications are open starting 20 March 2014 and will close at midnight GMT on 30 May 2014. Late submissions and incomplete applications will not be accepted.


As part of the judging process, the top three finalists in each category will be sponsored to present their work in a public symposium that is to be held on 10 July 2014 in Tokyo, Japan hosted by Hosei University.
Winners will be announced at an award ceremony after the symposium on the same day.

Please note that only finalists will be contacted to participate in the symposium. The YSA Secretariat will post the results in the website.

Cash Prize and Fellowship in Germany

Winners will receive a cash award of USD$1000 from ProSPER.Net-Scopus.

A fellowship will also be offered by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. See more information below. These prestigious fellowships provide travel, supplies and living expenses for the winners to spend between six and eighteen months collaborating with any research group of the recipient's choosing in Germany. Names and affiliations of winners will be widely publicized.


For more information on this award, visit the FAQs section
Or contact the ProSPER.Net-Scopus Award Secretariat at: ysa@ias.unu.edu 
Elsevier, Mr Raynor Beins at b.raynor@elsevier.com

About ProSPER.Net

The network for the Promotion of Sustainability in Postgraduate Education and Research (ProSPER.Net) is a network of several leading higher education institutions in Asia and the Pacific that have committed to work together to integrate Sustainable Development into postgraduate courses and curricula. Member institutions involved have strong education and research programmes in sustainable development and related fields. www.ias.unu.edu/prospernet



About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries, that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence, and ClinicalKey — and publishes nearly 2,200 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and over 25,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works.

Elsevier is headquartered in Amsterdam, and is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world leading provider of professional information solutions.



About Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (www.humboldt-foundation.de) supports the ProSPER.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Award in Sustainable Development by providing a Humboldt Research Fellowship and additional benefits to the award winners. The Humboldt Research Fellowships allow them to come to Germany to work on a research project they have chosen themselves together with a host and collaborative partner in a German institution for a period of six to eighteen months. To ensure a maximum value of the research stay the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation will provide the awardees with assistance in finding an appropriate host institution. This should be facilitated by an optional travel to Germany beforehand to meet possible host institutions. The approval of a scientist in Germany to host the award winner is a precondition being awarded the Humboldt Research Fellowship for experienced researchers. Once a Humboldtian, always a Humboldtian. Even after research fellows initial stay in Germany has come to an end, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation maintain close links with them by providing a comprehensive alumni sponsorship programme.

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