15 May 2020.





Call for nominations opens for 2020 GBIF Young Researchers Award

On behalf of the network of national Participants, the GBIF Secretariat is pleased to invite nominations for the 2020 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.

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A jury organized by GBIF Science Committee will select two award recipients from the pool of nominees whose names are received by the GBIF Secretariat by 15 May 2020. The winners will be announced in the summer of 2020.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Genetics
  • Species composition and traits
  • Bio-geography
  • Ecology
  • Systematics

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

You can Apply until 15 May 2020.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • Candidates must be:
    1. Enrolled in a university graduate programme to be eligible for the award.
    2. Citizens of a country participating in GBIF or students at an institution located in a GBIF participant country.
    3. Nominations can come from either the candidate’s country of citizenship or the country of the candidate’s host institution.

Opportunity Cost


  • The 2020 programme will provide a pair of €5,000 prizes recognizing the work of two graduate students—preferably, one master’s and one PhD candidate—nominated by GBIF Participant countries.

How to Apply

First Step: Candidates should prepare their proposal and nomination packets to include:

  • Research summary (200 words)
  • Project description (maximum 5 pages, 12-point Arial) that describes
    a. The need for the research and the question(s) it addresses.
    b. The role of data accessed through GBIF in addressing these questions. Research proposals must clearly demonstrate how the study incorporates data mobilized through GBIF. Students with questions about GBIF-enabled data should work with academic advisors, their GBIF national node, the GBIF Secretariat or members of the Science Committee to increase their understanding.
    c. The research scope, plan, methodologies, relevant literature citations and timetable.
    d. If relevant, a description or an excerpt from a data management plan that outlines how data related to the research is published or will be prepared for publication through the GBIF network to
  • Curriculum vitae of the student applicant including full contact information at the home institution.
  • Supporting documents
    1. An official letter from the student’s faculty mentor/supervisor certifying that the applicant is a student in good standing in the graduate programme of the university.
    2. At least one, and no more than three, letters of support from established researchers active in a field that encompasses and incorporates biodiversity informatics (e.g., genetics, species composition and traits, biogeography, ecology, systematics, et al.)

Second Step: Selection process and criteria

  • The GBIF Science Committee will review the nominations and select winners of the Young Researchers Awards.
  • The criteria for the awards include:
  1. Originality and innovation
  2. Use of and strategic significance for data accessed through GBIF
  3. Measurable effectiveness and impact in advancing biodiversity informatics and/or the conservation of biological diversity

 Note: Proposals that are not selected may be updated and resubmitted for consideration in subsequent years.

Third Step: 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 by the deadline for submissions: 15 May 2020.
  • Heads of Delegations will ensure that submissions are complete and include all the elements listed below.
  • Submissions of incomplete proposals will not be considered

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This Scholarship Published by:
Nedaa Megahed/ Egypt

Reviewed by” Ahmed Elgarf/ Egypt
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