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:
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Water Supply and Sanitation
Flood Modeling and Management
Climate Change and Water Resources
Integrated Water Resource Management
Ground Water Development and Management
Sustainable Urban Mobility
Sustainable Transport Policy
- Sustainable Transportation Systems
Environmental, Social & Economic impacts of Transports, Transportation and Logistic Systems
(3) ICT for Sustainable Development
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.
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 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!
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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
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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.