logo English | 简体中文 | 繁體中文 | 한국어 | 日本 | India

ProSPER.Net - Scopus YSA 2013

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 2013, awards will be given in each of three areas: 
click on the category links below to view more keywords


(1) Water

  • Water Supply and Sanitation
  • Flood Modeling and Management
  • Climate Change and Water Resources
  • Integrated Water Resource Management
  • Ground Water Development and Management

(2) Transport

  • Green Transport
  • Sustainable Urban Mobility
  • Sustainable Transport Policy
  • Sustainable Transportation Systems
  • Environmental, Social & Economic impacts of Transports, Transportation and Logistic Systems

(3) ICT for Sustainable Development

  • Poverty Reduction
  • Agriculture and Food Security
  • Increasing Accessibility to Healthcare
  • Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
  • Environment, Water, and Natural Resources



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 2008 and 1 June 2013. 

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.


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 1 April 2013 and will close at midnight GMT on 30 June 2013. 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 19 August 2013 in Singapore hosted by Nanyang Technological University at the Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NTU-NEWRI).
Winners will be announced at an award ceremony after the symposium on the same day.


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.



2012 Winners and their Stories

Check out the full report with pictures and interview videos of last year's award event here.

Dr. Tanapon Phenrat, Naresuan University, Thailand
Research area: Groundwater and soil remediation

"It is in fact recognition of the scientific and social impacts of our research attempt to the sustainability area of practice. I could not thank the world renowned organizations like ProSPER.Net, the United Nation University, and Elsevier enough for organizing this great program. Sponsored and publicized by the Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific journals and books, this award shines spotlight on our research initiative and can lead us to the expansion of our research initiative (i.e. more research partners) and to obtain further research supports to achieve our goals."

The full story of Dr. Tanapon's award, with video and pictures here!

Dr. Jun Yang, Chinese Academy of Science, China
Research area: Sweet potato genetic transformation for environment-friendly production

"The ProSPER.Net – Scopus Young Scientist Award is a great encouragement for the young researchers to get better results, to make advanced progress, to pay more attention to sustainable development. I was very glad and honored to win this award as it would be a huge positive impact on my future research career. As a publiser, Elsevier is commendable as they have shown their social responsibility and concerns on the conflict between society development and environment protection. I admire them for upholding these qualities."

The full story of Dr. Yang's award, with video and pictures here!

Dr. Yodi Mahendradhata, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia
Research area: Poverty-related diseases, especially TB, malaria and dengue

"I am really thrilled to receive the Scopus Young Scientist Award. The award celebrates the importance of rigorous science for addressing real-world problems. It’s a validation that our research work has contributed significantly to sustainable development. I am especially thrilled to be honoured by Elsevier, the United Nations University and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation."

The full story of Dr. Yodi's award, with video and pictures here!


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 Derrick Choy at st.marketing@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/efsd/prospernet



About SciVerse Scopus

Covering the world’s research literature, SciVerse Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality Web sources with smart tools to track analyze and visualize research. SciVerse Scopus was designed and developed with over 500 users and librarians internationally. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from nearly 18,000 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. In addition, Scopus not only offers users citation information about the articles covered, but also directly integrates Web and patent searches. Direct links to full-text articles, library resources and other applications like reference management software, make Scopus quicker, easier and more comprehensive to use than any other literature research tool. For more information about Scopus please visit www.info.scopus.com.

In October 2008, the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) announced it would use Scopus Custom Data for its research, analysis and benchmarking work due to its broad international coverage, clean flexible data and advanced features. Australian Research Council (ARC) selected Scopus to provide citation information for the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative Cluster One evaluation. And of the top fifty universities, as ranked by Time Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, 50% of them depend on Scopus and the percentage increases each year.


About Elsevier
As the world’s leading provider of science and health information, Elsevier serves more than 30 million scientists, students and health and information professionals worldwide. We partner with a global community of 7,000 journal editors, 70,000 editorial board members, 300,000 reviewers and 600,000 authors to help customers advance science and health by providing world-class information and innovative tools that help them make critical decisions, enhance productivity and improve outcomes. Headquartered in Amsterdam, we are a global company employing more than 7,000 people in 24 countries. We are a founding publisher of global programs that provide free or low-cost access to science and health information in the developing world. Elsevier's roots are in journal and book publishing, where we have fostered the peer-review process for more than 130 years. Today we are driving innovation by delivering authoritative content with cutting-edge technology, allowing our customers to find the answers they need quickly.



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.