2014 YSA

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

(1) Disaster Risk Reduction

(2) Sustainable Agriculture

(3) Waste

For online application and nomination, click here.- application closed


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.

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. 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.