Call for nominations opens for 2018 GBIF Young Researchers Award

Wed, 2018-04-25 09:54 -- maphillips

On behalf of the network of national Participants, the GBIF Secretariat is pleased to invite nominations for the 2018 Young Researchers Award. This annual programme aims to foster innovative research and discovery in biodiversity informatics by graduate students whose master’s and doctoral studies rely on GBIF-mediated data.

The 2018 programme will provide €5,000 prizes recognizing the work of two graduate students—preferably, one master’s and one PhD candidate—nominated by GBIF Participant countries.

Award recipients will be selected from the pool of nominees whose names are received by the GBIF Secretariat by 15 June 2018. The winners will be announced just prior to the 25th GBIF Governing Board meeting, to be held in Kilkenny, Ireland, in October 2018.

Eligibility

Candidates must be enrolled in a university graduate programme to be eligible for the award. Candidates must be either citizens of a country participating in GBIF or students at an institution located in a GBIF participant country. Nomination can come either from the country of citizenship or from the country of the candidate’s host institution.

Submission process and deadlines

Students seeking nomination must apply to the Head of Delegation of a GBIF Voting or Associate Participant country (see the complete list). National participants are responsible for establishing their own deadlines and processes for receiving and processing student applications. As a result, graduate students who seek nomination should consult the websites of their national GBIF Participants or contact the Head of Delegation or node manager directly.

Student proposals are first reviewed and prioritized at the national level. GBIF national nodes are encouraged to work closely with the academic communities and higher education institutions in their countries and to reach out to relevant university programmes and research groups.

National Heads of Delegation may submit a maximum of two nominees to the GBIF Secretariat to youngresearchersaward@GBIF.org by the deadline for submissions: 15 June 2018. Heads of Delegations must ensure that submissions are complete and include all the elements listed below. Submissions of incomplete proposals will not be considered.

Keep reading for selection criteria packet and other important documents and information here.