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 2012, awards will be given in each of three areas:
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(1) Sustainable Infrastructure
(2) Sustainable Consumption and Production
Policy measures encouraging sustainable products
Pro-poor business models for resource productivity
Eco-Industrial Parks and Industrial Ecology
Entrepreneurship for sustainable development
(3) Health with a focus on Poverty Eradication
Communicable and non-communicable diseases, neglected diseases
Health systems, services, regulations
Water and Sanitation
Matenal and Child Health
ICT for Health
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 May 2007 and 1 May 2012.
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 and UNU-IIST are not eligible to apply.
All qualified applications will be evaluated by an international panel of three recognized experts in Sustainable Development in each of the three areas.
- Number of citations and h-index
- Number and quality of publications
- Documented social impact
Nominations and applications are open starting 1 March 2012 and will close at midnight GMT on 15 May 2012. 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 11 July 2012 in Tokyo, Japan.
Winners will be announced at the symposium.
Cash Prize and Fellowship
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.
2011 Winners and their Stories
Arul Chib, from Singapore's Nanyang Technological University, won the Young Scientist Award in the category of Information and Communications Technology(ICT) for Sustainable Development. Making use of the rapidly growing cellular networks in developing countries, Chib used mobile phone technology to improve communication and medical information between, and amongst, health workers and local communities.
"It’s wonderful to receive the Young Scientist Award because it has become a lever that can be used to influence and inform policymakers and decision-makers. Getting the award brings with it a spotlight that allows me to establish networks in new areas. It’s about more than recognition; it’s about allowing me to move into and learn more about the pillars in which I wouldn’t necessarily consider myself an expert. "
Rajeev Bhat’s research on wild legumes won him the Young Scientist Award in the category of Science and Technology, with a Focus on Poverty Eradication. Concerned with global levels of malnutrition and poverty, Bhat has focused his research work on exploring the nutritional qualities of wild legumes/seeds, with an aim to improve their overall qualities to be an efficient alternative local food supply.
"I was really happy and felt honoured when my name was announced for this prestigious award. I felt satisfied that my work and efforts throughout all these years had been finally recognized internationally and by world renowned organizations."
Junguo Liu, a young professor at Beijing Forestry University, won the prize in the area of Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management for his research on sustainable use of freshwater and ecosystem services and management. Part of Liu’s work is assessing the use of green water (water stored in soil from precipitation) and blue water (water from rivers, lakes, reservoirs, ponds and shallow aquifers), which has led to increasing attention to green water management.
"This is an encouraging award. It gives me encouragement for my past work and will also give me more motivation in furthering my research in natural resources assessment and management. This award shows that the best policy relevant research can make an impact. I hope this will encourage more young scientists to work on natural resources protection."
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or Elsevier, Ms Linda Kwok at L.Kwok@elsevier.com.
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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.